Posted at 3:14 AM on May 6, 2005
by Josh Lee
The latest addition to the Baseball Hall of Fame is a Jack Kerouac bobblehead doll. The doll was designed as a promotion for the minor-league Lowell Spinners to honor Lowell, Massachusetts's most famous son, and was apparently enough of a hit to get itself inducted into Cooperstown.
Here's what I'm wondering: now that they've let one writer into the Hall (albeit in wobbly plastic form), is there any chance that they'll open things up to more of them? After all, writing about baseball is practically a genre unto itself, to the extent that they've even started publishing an annual "Best Baseball Writing" series (not to be confused with Houghton-Mifflin's ubiquitous "Best American" series, although I'm sure they'll get around to doing "Best American Baseball Writing" right after "Best American Greeting Card Writing" and "Best American Advertising Insert Writing").
Let's say they were to begin enshrining the Roger Angells and Bernard Malamuds of the world. Why stop there? Why not cast a wider net, and induct a few... bloggers? Because honestly, could Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs give better acceptance speeches than Batgirl and the Twins Geek? I think not.
And who knows, perhaps someday, a certain foursome of bloggers will get called up from the minors to forge a long and successful career of obsessing over fourth-string catchers and bad nicknames, eventually earning themselves a place in the Hall. A kid can dream, right?
The Baseball Hall of Fame currently has a writers wing and inducts a new member each year.