Hall of Fame husband and wife
September 14, 2011, was a special day here at the Hall of Fame, as baseball fans Randy McLean and Linda Kim tied the knot in a ceremony officiated by Cooperstown Mayor Joe Booan in the Hall’s plaque gallery.
The newlyweds travelled from their home in Abbotsford, British Columbia, near Vancouver, to Cooperstown. It was Randy’s fourth trip to the Hall, and Linda’s second. They met in January, 2001, and recall watching the 2001 World Series together as a strong contributor to the baseball portion of their relationship.
Both are lifelong baseball fans, but for Linda, her interest in the game deepened when she met Randy. “Since being with Randy, I’ve learned many of the intricacies of the game. He always points things out a few moments before the announcers get around to saying them.”
Randy is a lifelong fan, player, and coach. “We couldn’t think of a more appropriate place to get married. We love baseball, and it was fitting,” he says. “Baseball’s been so good to me all my life. It’s just something we love. It brings me to tears sometimes, being here in the Hall of Fame, the Babe Ruth exhibit, and reading how the Babe was always there for the fans on his barnstorming tours.”
Randy roots for the Orioles, because their team colors were the same as one of his youth league teams. Linda is a Phillies fan. Since they came so far to get married, they didn’t bring a wedding party with them, so they asked June Dolhun, the Hall’s manager of group sales, and I to stand up for them as witnesses.
Dolhun says that a handful of couples marry at the Hall each year.
“It’s always special, and a lot of fun,” Dolhun said.
I have to agree: I was married in the Plaque Gallery back in 2005.
Tim Wiles is the director of research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.