COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The baseball world has already started to converge on the birthplace of baseball to witness a new class inducted to the Hall of Fame this Sunday. But on Thursday, fans got a head start on celebrating by hanging out at the Museum, as well as on Main Street.
"It's always a great feeling when Hall of Fame Weekend rolls around," says HOF President Jeff Idelson, "because the spotlight shines so brightly on Cooperstown, 45 returning Hall of Famers, a host of programs over four days. It does not get any better."
Idelson, like everyone else this weekend, is a baseball fan. He may be the president of the most exclusive pantheon in sports, but he knows how special Induction Weekend is for everyone who loves the National Pastime.
"It's great to see the crowds come back to Cooperstown," says Idelson. "It's such a great villiage and anytime that I have a chance to mingle with our visitors, whether they be on Main Street or here in the museum. To learn about their experiences, all the caps and jerseys from all 30 teams, there's no greater feeling. It's baseball heaven."
This weekend is all about looking back and honoring the past of the national pastime, no matter who you are or where you're from.
"Baseball has a long history of being integrated with American society and American history and the continuum of baseball is such that the fact that your baseball cards might come back to life when you come to Cooperstown," says Idelson. "There's nothing more magnetic than that."
Main Street will be buzzing with activity all weekend, with several Hall of Famers set to make appearances at various stores to sign autographs and mingle with fans.