Osterhoudt photographs preserved in Hall’s collection
At the baseball game played at Doubleday Field, he captured the bleachers of Doubleday with not a person in sight. He then showed Johnny Vander Meer pitching in the Hall of Fame Game with a sea of spectators in the background.
After attending that first induction ceremony in 1939, Osterhoudt attended all but three of the ceremonies dating up to 2017. The only three he missed were due to serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
At recent inductions, Osterhoudt showcased a photo from the first induction, though it was not taken by him. A photo of the inductees on the stage in 1939, accompanied by the words “I was at the First Induction,” hung around his neck for him to proudly display. Pictured in the photo are Ruth, Wagner and other inductees among a large crowd of hats and suited people outside the Museum.
After celebrating his 100th birthday on Jan. 14, Osterhoudt passed away on June 30, 2018 in Cooperstown.
Steven Walters is the 2018 public relations intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development