Oil and water

| August 01, 2006

“My dad tried to expose us to the outdoors with all its possibilities every chance he could when we were very young. That’s what I’m doing with my boys.”

But boating is the family’s main outdoor recreation.

“If we can’t get to the coast, we go to a lake, whichever one we can get to that day,” he says. “Fishing, waterskiing, whatever, we want to be out there. As a driver it can be hard to organize, but I will stay out longer sometimes, stay out as long as I need and work with the company to take a week off. When I’ve got the time and I’m ready to run home, I call and I’m on the way.”

Eternal Greatness
Halls of fame give fans a closer look at the history of their favorite pastimes

For any passion or pastime, you probably can find a hall of fame.

From the great sports halls of fame to offbeat odes to greatness, many buildings in cities all over the country exist to preserve milestones and achievements for future fanatics. If it’s a certain sports hall of fame you are looking for, a quick search in the International Sports Heritage Association at www.sportshalls.com will help you locate just about any sport museum. Other halls of fame and museums can easily be found with a quick Google search, many not far from where you live or travel in your truck. To get you started, here is a list of some of the most famed halls of fame and related museums:

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Located in Cooperstown, N.Y., the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is perhaps the most widely known sports hall of fame in the country. The Hall of Fame features not only items of interest like Ty Cobb’s baseball glove and Jackie Robinson’s Dodgers jacket, but also includes an extensive research library with factoid after tidbit on anything you want to know about baseball history. New to the museum is an exhibit chronicling the history of women in baseball, Diamond Dreams: Women in Baseball. Although the film A League of Their Own depicted a similar exhibit, the real Hall of Fame exhibit was dedicated Mother’s Day 2006.

The Hall of Fame and Museum are open from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday at $14.50 for adult tickets and $5 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets online, check out this site.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
The National Baseball Hall of Fame committee will induct 17 new players into the Hall of Fame this year from the Negro Baseball Leagues, including Sol Manley, an owner in the Negro Leagues who will become the first woman elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This landmark in history warrants a trip to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. After construction in the late 1990s, the Museum, opened in September 1997, now occupies 10,000 square feet in a joint museum experience with the American Jazz Museum. The Museum is not a Hall of Fame, but rather a way to honor and tell the story of black Americans in baseball.

A self-guided tour takes visitors through film exhibits corresponding to time lines of baseball history and details on individual players. Admission is $6 for adults, and the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, check out the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum website.

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
You can either spend a Monday night watching the Lakers play the Pistons, or you can experience basketball from its conception to present day at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. It is the only basketball hall of fame in the world, and its unique architecture, a giant metal orb at the entrance, makes the museum outside Boston worth seeing.

The museum is named after basketball inventor James Naismith, a gym instructor who created the game as a creative way for students to exercise. The Basketball Hall of Fame website, features an events calendar that lets you plan your visit around the monthly happenings, as well as a search engine that lets you search all hall of fame inductees since its opening. Adult Admission is $16.99 every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Motorsports Hall of Fame
Air racing, drag racing, stock cars, powerboats and motorcycles are all part of the Motorsports Hall of Fame, a tip of the hat to the world of high-speed competition. Located in Novi, Mich., just outside Detroit, the museum features exhibits and photographs of the people and speed machines that pioneered the world of motorsports.

If it’s famous cars you love, the museum has a unique display of old-fashioned racecars and futuristic designs. Henry Ford’s 999 is featured in the museum, along with the Knight Twister racing biplane and a 1930s Italian motorcycle.

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