On July 25, 2004, a record number of Hall of Famers return to Cooperstown to witness the Induction of Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor. In all, 53 living Hall of Fame members are on hand for the ceremony.

Molitor, a member of the 3,000 hit club, and Eckersley, who appeared in the most games of any Hall of Fame pitcher (1,071 games). Long time Bay Area broadcaster Lon Simmons, who called games for the A’s and Giants, wins the Ford C. Frick Award, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award is won by New York Times writer Murray Chass, enabling both to become members of the Hall for their outstanding reporting of the national pastime.