Even if they might not have a logo on them.
In cases where new inductees have played for multiple teams, it’s become something of an issue as to which cap they want on their plaque. There have been rumors that some teams will pay for the privilege of having their logo on display in Cooperstown and that the Hall has stepped in to make the decision for players, to the annoyance of some.
This article by The New York Times‘ Richard Sandomir of The New York Times reports that Greg Maddux and Tony LaRussa — who were associated with several ball clubs — have opted to go with the blank look their chapeaux.
This isn’t the first time: as the article indicates, Catfish Hunter is logoless which Yogi Berra, who spent just about all of his “important” years with the New York Yankees, is shown in profile. And some of the early players dare go go bare-headed.
By the way, titles about the class of 2014 include:
- In the Time of Bobby Cox: The Atlanta Braves, Their Manager, My Couch, Two Decades, and Me, by Lang Whitaker
- One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season, by Tony LaRussa
- The Yankee Years, by Joe Torre with Tom Verducci, and Chasing the Dream: My Lifelong Journey to the World Series, also by Torre and Verducci.
- None but the Braves: A Pitcher, a Team, a Champion, by Tom Glavine and Nick Cafado. Galvine is also profiled, along with Mike Mussina, in John Feinstein’s 2008 title, Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember.
- Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas are the subjects of several books aimed at kids but nothing, as yet, for adult readers. That will probably change soon.