Game of Baseball

Baseball is America's game, but it is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon. Read about your favorite sluggers, pitchers and teams throughout history.

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Willie Keeler

Willie Keeler was nicknamed ''Wee Willie'' for his small stature. His forte was finding open spaces on the field and hitting the baseball there. Find out more about this baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and see his statistics.

Frank Selee

Frank Selee (1859-1909) died before he reached 50 years of age. If he had not contracted tuberculosis five years earlier, people might now be calling him the greatest manager of all time.

Harry Hooper

Harry Hooper worked his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame by becoming one of the best defensive players. He was a good leadoff batter, but was never a leader on the offensive side of the ball. Here, you can learn about the career of Harry Hooper.

Zach Wheat

Zach Wheat joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1909 and quickly became popular with the fans. He compiled 2,884 hits, all but 80 of them in a Brooklyn uniform. Learn more about this Hall of Fame outfielder from early baseball history.

Al Spalding

Al Spalding was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 as both a player and a pioneer. He was instrumental in negotiating the peace settlement between the American and National Leagues. See bio and statistics for this world-class pitcher.

Cap Anson

As a player and manager, Cap Anson led the Chicago White Stockings to five pennants. See bio and statistics on this Hall of Fame first baseman.

Jim ORourke

Jim O'Rourke became the first player to have a career that spanned over four decades. He played every position on the field, but he never excelled at any of them. He made up for this by becoming a productive career. Learn about his career.

Pud Galvin

One of the most colorful performers in the 19th century, Pud Galvin is the only pitcher in history to win 20 or more games on 10 different occasions without ever playing on a pennant winner. Discover how he got his nickname and view his stats.

Monte Ward

Monte Ward racked up 108 major league wins before his 21st birthday. He definitely had something to celebrate. See why Ward made a greater contribution to baseball more than most other players or executives of his time.

Johnny Evers

One of the key members of the storied 1908 Chicago Cubs was Johnny Evers. His devotion to learning everything there is to know about the game of baseball paid off for him and increased his success. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1946.

How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works

Baseball fans have been making the trip to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for more than 60 years. Find out how the Hall of Fame captures America's beloved pastime with exhibits like Babe Ruth's bat and Joe DiMaggio's locker.

Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame Members

The only Hall of Fame member to come from the Seattle Mariners is Gaylord Perry. Learn more about Seattle Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry and the efforts that got him into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

St. Louis Browns Hall of Fame Members

The St. Louis Browns are another baseball team that no longer exists, but whose outstanding players we still honor in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. Learn about Hall of Fame members who played for the St. Louis Browns.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays Hall of Fame Members

Like the Seattle Mariners, the young Tampa Bay Devil Rays team has had only one Hall of Fame player on its roster honored in Cooperstown, New York: infielder Wade Boggs. Learn more about Wade Boggs and the Devil Rays.

Texas Rangers Hall of Fame Members

There are several Hall of Fame players who have spent time on the Texas Rangers ballclub, like pitching aces Nolan Ryan and Ferguson Jenkins. Learn more about the Hall of Famers from the Texas Rangers baseball team.

Toronto Blue Jays Hall of Fame Members

The Toronto Blue Jays have landed a few players in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Learn about Hall of Fame members and gritty competitors who played for the Toronto Blue Jays, like Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro, and Dave Winfield.

Washington Senators Hall of Fame Members

The Washington Senators have had a couple incarnations over the years. Though the team no longer exists, it's players are still honored in the Hall of Fame. Learn about Hall of Fame members who played for the Washington Senators.

Hall of Fame Umpires

The Baseball Hall of Fame also commemorates some of the best umpires that officiated professional baseball games. You can learn about some famous umpires found in the Baseball Hall of Fame in this section.

Hall of Fame Managers

Players aren't the only people that can be found in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York. In this section, you can learn about some of the managers that have made it into the Hall of Fame.

Negro Leagues Hall of Fame Members

Some of the baseball's top players are Hall of Fame members who were in the Baseball Negro Leagues. From Cool Papa Bell to Jud Wilson, get the stats and bios of these all-star ball players in the Negro Leagues.

Rube Foster

Rube Foster, the "Father of Black Baseball," ran away from home in the 1890s to chase his baseball dreams. In 1919 he put together the Negro National League to prepare players for major league race integration. Learn more about this pitcher and revolutionary.

Bullet Joe Rogan

His given name was Wilbur, but he quickly acquired one of baseball’s greatest nicknames -- “Bullet Joe.” There may have never been a more complete player. Get statistics and history on this famous pitcher and manager.

Harry Wright

Harry Wright is known as being one of the originators of pregame rituals, such as batting practice. He was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his many innovations and contributions to the game of baseball. You can learn about Harry Wright here.

Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame Members

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is home to the shrines to some of the greatest players to ever wear a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform. Some of these people include Don Sutton, Al Lopez and Duke Snider. You can learn about Hall of Fame Dodgers in this section.

New York Mets Hall of Fame Members

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York holds shrines dedicated to the league's top players, including those from the New York Mets. Take a look behind the scenes of the Met players who were at the top of their game, including Yogi Berra, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan and more.