Tying the knot in Cooperstown

By Craig Muder

Don Johnson and Jeannie Gleason love baseball – and each other.

So what better place to share their feelings – and exchange lifetime vows – than at baseball’s home in Cooperstown.

Johnson and Gleason were married Saturday at the Hall of Fame, professing their love of the game during a civil ceremony in the Museum. The two diehard New York Mets fans toured Cooperstown for the whole weekend as they launched their life together.

“Baseball is my second love – right behind Jeannie,” said Don, a subway motorman for the Metro Transit Authority in New York City. “I’ve got six years left until retirement, and then we’re moving here. This place is awesome.”

The Johnsons had planned a simple ceremony for their wedding, but hit upon the idea of getting married at the Hall of Fame when they picked up their wedding license.

“We were coming here for the honeymoon, and we thought: ‘Why not just get married here?’” Jeannie said. “We asked, and everyone at the Hall of Fame was so nice. They said: ‘Sure, come on up!’”

Now, the Johnsons’ history is part of the home of baseball history.

“I want to come to work here after I retire,” Dan said. “There’s no place like the Hall of Fame.”

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

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