The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony took place recently in Cooperstown, celebrating the careers of seven of baseball's greatest players.
Vocal fans of David Ortiz, Minnie Minoso, and Tony Oliva, but mostly for Ortiz, brought the energy of the ceremony to that of a party, cheering and chanting whenever the ballplayers' names were announced on the preshow video package.
The ceremony began with an introduction of the players by Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch. Dave Winfield was welcomed as the representative for 2022 Hall of Famer Bud Fowler.
Irene Hodges was then introduced as representative for her father Gil Hodges. Sharon Minoso was introduced to induct her husband Minnie Minoso. Dr. Angela Terry Rawitch introduced Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, before the loudest introduction for David Ortiz.
Jim Kaat spoke to the crowd as the first inductee for the BBHoF Class of 2022. Kaat spoke about perseverance and overcoming adversity with an eye on the bigger picture. He mentioned his gratitude to the game and Hall acceptance call and going so far as being a fan of the game from a young age.
Dave Winfield spoke for the induction of Bud Fowler. Recapping Fowler's career in detail and his difficulty living through the color-barrier of the late 1800's and early 1900s. Fowler made a name for himself as an all-around talent playing every position.
Winfield spoke about Fowler's importance to Black culture and the example he's always set in the century since his death. Fowler was an important pioneer and contributor to baseball and his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame is an important milestone for the game.
Sharon Minoso's speech commemorating her husband Minnie Minoso was…