Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before

Posted on September 7, 2016 by Martin Oaks under Community
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We here at Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory do our best to offer services that are memorable. Venerating those we cremate and/or bury is the cornerstone of our mission.

All too frequently in todays of the moment society, lessons and people of the past seem to be forgotten very quickly. Unless you are a Mozart, or even a Frank Sinatra, your dreams and accomplishments, no matter how significant, seldom even rate a footnote for future generations.

Since 1939, one of the leading institutions that stubbornly refuses to forget those who have come before (and their achievements), is the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York. We salute them and applaud them in their efforts — and recognize that today, Wednesday September 7, 2016, is a milestone for that organization. 

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For the first time in its distinguished history, the Hall is going digital! Starting today, on its website, Babe Ruth scrapbooks will be available for viewing by those who have not or cannot make a personal visit to Cooperstown. Every other Wednesday the Hall will add more memorabilia so that baseball fans across the globe will have a chance to appreciate some of the game’s finest treasures.

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Preserving and sharing in Major League Baseball’s incredibly rich history is what the Hall of Fame is all about. The first five players enshrined in the Hall where Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, and Walter Johnson. Through the years, all of baseball’s top talent has been recognized in the yearly elections. 2016’s inductees were Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey, Jr.

Pictured below is that first class. Left to right, back row: Wagner, Alexander, Speaker, Lajoie, Sisler, and Johnson. Front row: Collins, Ruth (could use some sartorial help with his socks), Mack and Young. Cobb missed this picture because he apparently was late catching his train to Cooperstown!

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In addition to players, baseball writers, broadcasters and ownership figures have also been added to the honor roll.

Once selected, the players are memorialized in Plaque Gallery, the most famous site in the Hall’s Museum. Three plaques photographed above are representative of what can be found in the gallery – approximately 250-300,000 visitors make the journey to the Mohawk Valley to commemorate special moments in baseball history.

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Luckily enough, my wife (Caren), son (Matthew) and daughter-in-law (Davis), were able to attend the 2014 induction ceremony. This was a special occasion for us for many reasons, the most important being there when Texas Ranger broadcaster, Eric Nadel, was inducted. Other honorees that weekend included the best writer in the game’s history, Roger Angell, and the best contemporary pitcher, Greg Maddox. My entire family will never forget that weekend.

While everyone cannot be a Hall of Fame member in Major League Baseball, we here at Martin Oaks hope that all of our clients will achieve a sustained place in their family’s history. Truly, it is only through family memories that your time in this world can be immortalized.

Please feel free to call us here at Martin Oaks to inquire about our services 24/7 at (469) 605-7215. Thank again for reading our blog. How do you commemorate your family members who passed away? What are some of the things you do to remember any of your loved ones that have moved on.


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