Happy 74th birthday to the Baseball Hall of Fame

On June 12, 1939, the National Baseball Museum opened its doors for the first time, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the mythical “first game” that allegedly was played in Cooperstown on June 12, 1839. Hall of Fame elections had been held annually since 1936, but the one-room Museum on Main Street in Cooperstown wouldn’t open until three years later.

On hand that day were the living Hall of Fame members: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner and Cy Young. They were all officially enshrined that day, setting the precedent for the annual Induction Ceremony.


In honor of turning 74 years old today, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled a special 75th anniversary logo that will be used to commemorate the organization’s Diamond year and anniversary.

“Today, we unveil the 75th anniversary mark to coincide with our 74th birthday, as we enter our 75th year by delivering the first pitch in our diamond salute,” said Jeff Idelson, the great President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “This is the first of many special recognitions and celebrations we will announce in the coming months to celebrate the 75th year of America’s most treasured baseball destination.”