Stars shine in Cooperstown

Muder_90.jpgBy Craig Muder

The All-Star Game came to Cooperstown on Tuesday night.

Close to 200 fans packed the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater for the annual All-Star Gala. They watched the broadcast of the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game — a 4-3 American League victory — while sitting in the same building where baseball’s memories live forever.

7-15-09-Muder_AllStarGala.jpgFor some fans, the All-Star Gala was part of the trip of a lifetime. Amy and Traci Juhala gave their father Curt Juhala a Hall of Fame Membership for Christmas, then traveled with their dad from Bismarck, N.D., to visit the Hall of Fame for the first time.

“It just happened that we were here at the All-Star Game, so it was great we could come and watch the game,” said Amy Juhala, who was dressed in Minnesota Twins’ gear along with her sister and father. “Cooperstown is lovely, and the Hall of Fame is great. Dad just loves baseball.”

But the event also attracted local fans like Corinne Hillman, who lives in Cooperstown and works for the Hall of Fame’s education department.

“I buy tickets for every event here,” said Hillman, who was the first in line at the Grandstand Theater on Tuesday night. “I love teaching and I love baseball — what’s a better job than that?”

Craig Muder is director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

1 Comment

The All-Star Game is great in many ways. :)

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