Turns out the National Baseball Hall of Fame honors more than just the game’s all-time greats, as Homer Simpson will beÂ “inducted” on May 27.
That’s right, the acclaimed TVÂ series “The Simpsons” will be toasted in Cooperstown, N.Y., forÂ the 25th anniversary of the cult-classic episode “Homer at the Bat.”
In the episode, Mr. Burns and Mr. Smithers gather up star baseball players to help the Springfield Power Plant softball team win theÂ championship. They recruit the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Don Mattingly, Roger Clemens, Jose Canseco, Ozzie Smith, Steve Sax, Mike Scioscia and Darryl Strawberry to tilt the odds in their favor.
Here’s a short clip from the classic episode.
AccordingÂ to the Hall of Fame, “The Simpsons” will be honored during a roundtable discussion at Hall of Fame Classic Weekend with an exhibit opening afterward.
“In Cooperstown, we salute baseballâs greatest contributors, preserve its vast history and salute the cultural side of the sport,” Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, said in aÂ press release. We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat.’ ‘The Simpsons’ has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and âHomer at the Batâ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992. Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries, evident in literature, theater, language, art, music, film and television. ‘The Simpsons’ is a perfect example of that connection to Americana.”
Homer won the championship for his team on a walk-off hit by pitch. That’s a Hall of Fame-worthy accoladeÂ if one ever existed.
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