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Corcoran Tells of Cooperstown at Chappaqua Library

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.—Dennis Corcoran the author of “Induction Day at Cooperstown: A History of the Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony”, had been a lifelong historian and a history teacher for 30 years before he attending his first Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2004.

Corcoran, of Pleasantville,  made a stop at the Chappaqua Library Thursday night to discuss the history of the induction ceremony, which takes place this Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y.

“As a kid I used to collect baseball cards and my wife she said to me a few years ago, why don’t take up baseball cards like when you were a kid?,” Corcoran said. “I always say, she created a monster.”

After witnessing Dennis Eckersley, a 24-year pro with the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals and Paul Molitor, a 21-year player with the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins, Corcoran was inspired by the fans he saw make the voyage to Cooperstown. Fans come from near and far to witness their baseball idols become immortalized along the greatest ball players to grace the diamond.

“The thing that impressed me the most, that inspired me, were the fans,” Corcoran said. “Come Sunday when they have the actual induction ceremony, they’ll probably have at least 10,000 fans there. I met a gentleman who had come all the way from Oakland, by himself. People come to honor their heroes.”

Corcoran got the call to Cooperstown when his son-in-law was playing a baseball game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown and he went to see him play.

“My wife liked Cooperstown and then we were invited to an induction ceremony in 2004,”Corcoran said.

He has been back to the Hall of Fame every year since, save 2007, when a record 75,000 fans arrived in Cooperstown to honor Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. and Padres great Tony Gwynn, Jr.

Corcoran is making the three and half hour drive to Cooperstown for the induction of Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven this weekend. The 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame induction begins Sunday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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