By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
The fans came, the rain held off and the twice-postponed 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Induction finally took place Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the Clark Sports Center.
New York Yankee fans dominated the day, in Cooperstown to see shortstop Derek Jeter, the former team captain.
“We’re here for Derek Jeter,” said Noel Stazko of East Meadow, Long Island. “How could you not be here for this?”
Joining Jeter in the class of 2020, and on the 2021 stage were outfield Larry Walker and catcher Ted Simmons. Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller was inducted posthumously, with his successor in the union, Don Fehr, giving a speech in his honor.
An estimated 20,000 fans waited through about 90 minutes of the ceremony to hear the Yankee hero, and he did not disappoint them.
The event drew legends from other sports, as basketball stars Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing were in the crowd.