Haverford's cricket team was both fan and participant Sunday at Baseball's Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy of Heather Ainsworth, National Baseball Hall of Fame Library).
Haverford cricket takes its bow at baseball's Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Haverford College's cricket team, the only NCAA varsity squad in the United States, was an honored guest and participant Sunday, April 17 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., as the Hall celebrated the opening of Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect, an exhibit exploring the history and similarities between the two games.
The Haverford XI hosted an hour-long session for exhibit attendees in the Bullpen Theater, led by Fords sophomore Matt Smith, detailing the history of cricket at Haverford. The College's prestigious C.C. Morris Cricket Library and Collection supplied the Hall's museum with many artifacts for display.
Following the presentation and a question and answer session, the Fords moved to the Hall of Fame Learning Center where they were able to lead new fans in several hands-on cricket demonstrations.
Through events such as Swinging Away's opening and a June 3-5 cricket weekend, the Hall of Fame hopes to promote cricket to the youth of the U.S.
"If you want to promote (cricket), it has to be at the foundation — the young children of America," said Haverford head coach Kamran Khan.
The Fords will continue their spring schedule with home fixtures against Prior Cricket Club on Saturday, April 23, and against World Bank Cricket Club on Sunday, May 1. Both events begin at Noon on Cope Field.