With attendance not as high as in recent years, fans had ample opportunity to see all of the Hall of Famers in attendance, which numbered 51 in all. As usual, there were plenty of opportunities to get signatures of most of them.
What a difference a year makes. In 2007, an estimated crowd of 75,000 fans swept through tiny Cooperstown, N.Y., like an invading army to celebrate the induction of Cal Ripken, Jr. and Tony Gwynn into the Baseball Hall of Fame. OK, no disrespect to the talented and popular Gwynn, but about 74,000 of that number were there in Oriole orange to honor the beloved Ripken.
On July 27, 2008, it was Rich “Goose” Gossage and Dick Williams who graced the stage, and though the Goose in particular attracted a noisy throng of Yankees fans who remembered his six standout seasons with the Bronx Bombers, this year’s modest turnout of about 14,000 made it seem more like a sedate, private party compared to the 2007 extravaganza.