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Heroes’ welcome

By Craig Muder

The appropriate fanfare was missing: No grand entrances, no trumpets to herald the moment.

Instead, the gathering of baseball immortals this weekend in Dallas just seemed to materialize – as if pre-ordained.

Which, of course, it was. But knowing that Hall of Famers will congregate for the Golden Era Committee election is much different that actually watching it happen. And watching it happen on Saturday night was truly special.

Juan Marichal was first, appearing in the hotel lobby moments before dinnertime. At 74, he still brightens the room with a smile – an expression that comes easily for him when discussing a just-completed cruise he took with more than 30 family members.

In a corner of the room, Ralph Kiner chats with 2011 Buck O’Neil Award winner Roland Hemond. Then Brooks Robinson makes his way into the group.

These men – the National Pastime’s ultimate heroes – gathered at Baseball’s Winter Meetings to work. Their charge: Consider the 10 candidates on the Golden Era Committee Hall of Fame ballot. Sixteen experts, including eight Hall of Famers, five executives and three veteran media members.

Within 48 hours of their arrival, their work was complete, as the Hall of Fame announced Monday that Ron Santo would be the newest legend to join their ranks in Cooperstown. And yet they seemed to savor every minute, enjoying the rare chance to see old friends and share new memories.

And just like that, they were gone. But the magic they created lingered on for all who saw them.

No fanfare necessary… Not when true heroes are in your midst.

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

Diamond education

Wade_90.jpgBy Anna Wade

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives,” reads the Jackie Robinson quote that hangs above a series of eight maple lockers in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s new Learning Center.

It was fitting that the room opened Thursday with a monthly meeting of Museum educators who dedicate their time to teaching students the important connections between baseball and social studies, math, science, and character education. Located on the Museum’s first floor adjacent to the Buck O’Neil Award exhibit, the Learning Center will host visiting student groups as they explore the living history at Hall of Fame as well as daily programs and public events.

The room is now open for scheduled school and family activities throughout the year. Hands-on programs based on the Museum’s educational curriculum allow visitors to explore artifacts and objects as they discover connections between baseball and American History. This new space features a hands-on equipment display, interactive time-lines and presentation spaces, and a changing exhibit that showcases student and teacher work.

Every year, the Hall of Fame hosts more than 90 K-12 school field trips featuring guided tours of the Museum by Hall of Fame educators, and an artifact-based experience in the Learning Center. This addition to the Museum experience raises awareness about the Hall’s educational mission and allows each visitor to explore artifacts in a new way.

We could not be more excited about the new opportunities that we will have for school and public programs, and we hope that you will stop by to see our Learning Center on your next visit to Cooperstown.

Anna Wade is the director of Museum education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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