The Shelbyville Rams found themselves in the Hall of Fame once again.

Ram head coach Tony Pullen started a new Shelbyville tradition a few years ago, taking his graduating seniors on a trip to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This year graduates Max Sweeney, Chris Holmes, Isaac Smith and Doug Gaddis made the trip. Seth Moeller, a former Ram, also made the trip.

“I think it’s a nice way to close out their careers and the senior season,” said Ram coach Tony Pullen. “We go on a bus trip, which is always fun, see a game besides going to Cooperstown. It’s a fun trip.”

The coach makes all the arrangements, they lease a bus from the school and the group pools their money together for one last road trip for the Ram graduates. It was the third year that Coach Pullen has led a trip to the Hall of Fame.

While in Cooperstown the players typically stop at Doubleday Field, the very first baseball field and spend two or three hours at the myriad of the baseball shops in town, buying wooden bats, baseball cards, hats, T-shirts, etc. They then spend about half a day at the baseball museum.

Last year the players that went got to view the new display for Bruce Sutter an ex-Cub and ex-Cardinal who had been inducted into the Hall of Fame. This year the Rams got to view two new displays for the two newest inductees: Cal Ripken Jr. (baseball’s “Ironman”) and Tony Gwynn.

After taking in all the sights at Cooperstown, the Rams stopped by Cedar Point Amusemant Park at Sandusky, Ohio, then attended a Major League Baseball game in Cincinnati, between the Reds and the Anaheim Angels. The Rams sat in the left field bleachers and almost snagged a couple of batting practice home runs. The Reds won the game, 5-3. Coach Pullen says they plan to continue this new tradition of taking the seniors on this trip as a last hurrah.

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