COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of former sluggers Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson are going on the road for the first time.
The plaques will be on display today in Houston for the baseball & civil rights discussion at Union Station at Minute Maid Park.
They’ll also be on display Friday before the Civil Rights Game that night between the Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros.
Both Aaron and Robinson were elected to the Hall in 1982 following stellar careers that produced a combined 1,341 home runs and 39 All-Star Game selections.
Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974 with his 715th round-tripper.
Robinson became the first African-American manager in major league history when he took over the Cleveland Indians in 1975.
Cooperstown hosts syposium
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The 26th annual Symposium on Baseball and American Culture is getting underway in Cooperstown.
The three-day event starting Wednesday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the Hall of Fame. It features more than 60 presentations selected from academic paper submissions across the country. More than 140 participants from 30 states will be represented.
The symposium begins with a keynote address from Janet Marie Smith, senior vice president of planning and development for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Her presentation is entitled: “Back to the Future: Building a Ballpark, Not a Stadium.”
Smith is known for her pioneering work on Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Mayor says Wrigley Field plan needs further study
CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the Chicago Cubs’ revised proposal for renovating Wrigley Field requires further study and won’t go before the city’s landmarks commission next week as planned.
The Cubs released details of the expanded renovation plan Tuesday. It calls for new signs, including some that would block the view from nearby rooftop venues. Those venues have threatened to sue to block work on the century-old ballpark.
Emanuel told reporters after a City Council meeting Wednesday that the new plan contains many additions, including some that had never been seen before and require more study.
`The delay in consideration by the landmarks commission was a setback for the Cubs. The team wants to move forward quickly after months of tough negotiations with the rooftop club owners.