The greatest day in baseball history was day day when nobody was struck out, nobody hit a home run, nobody even put on a uniform and walked onto a baseball field.
People may argue about the greatest day in baseball history, perhaps the day that Willie Mays caught a fly ball over his shoulder, or a home run Bobby Thompson hit the “shoot heard around the world”, or the day that “Hammerin’” Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record.
None of these singular events pale in comparison to the Greatest Day in Baseball History.
The day was June 12, 1939.
It’s not a day remembered by any holiday, it’s not on anyone’s calendars, it’s not even a day mentioned in the circles of baseball aficionados, but it was most certainly the GREATEST DAY in Baseball History.
For on that day, the doors opened to the National Baseball Museum Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York.
Nestled in a tiny little town in New York State between the Catskills and the Adirondacks, the town that was the home of noted writer James Fenimore Cooper, whose father founded and named the town after himself, and thought to be the legendary town where General Abner Doubleday invented baseball (since proven to be more myth than history).