The 9th Inning

As a whole the trip was more than successful. It started with the experience of the plaque room which was where every one of us rushed to see our favorite Hall of Famers the instant we were in the building. We spent the first hour just admiring our favorite players and seeing the accomplishments of the players that we may not have known. It was a truly moving experience and it put everything into perspective of how elite one truly has to be in order to make it into the Hall.

The research was one of the most amazing parts because it was being done throughout the trip, subconsciously and consciously. It did not even hit me that I was doing a lot of research for my paper on the Yankees until about a day in when I realized how many pictures I had taken on all of their accomplishments. We also did research in the Giamatti Research Center. That was on a different paper and presentation that we are giving which we were each given the player file of each of our Hoosier Athlete and took notes on their life on and off of the field as to why we feel they should or should not be a Hall of Famer.

We spent a lot of time touring the city as well. We walked around and looked into all of the local shops and it truly showed us what this city means to baseball. Every store was lined with memorabilia and it was breath taking to see all of the different things for every team. It ranged from negro league teams all of the way up to the majors. The memorabilia ranged from small shirts and hats to a Babe Ruth ball which was being sold for $16,000. It was amazing seeing something worth that much and an item that is so important to the history of the game.

The trip was extremely exciting and it truly was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. If it was not for this class I am not sure if I would have ever gone to the Hall of Fame and I am now going to try to go every few years to see it as it changes. The trip was incredible in many different ways, from the research to the shops it truly showed a great portion of the history of the game and how baseball can truly impact so many lives.

WAF!

Jack Belford

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