COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - On Main Street here, only a few doors from the museum that will unveil a plaque Sunday for the second Long Islander ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, there is a prominent reminder of the Island's first one.
Yastrzemski Sports is a memorabilia shop that was busy late Friday morning. Behind the counter stood Chet Yastrzemski, cousin of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, explaining that he moved up here from Water Mill two months ago because his son owns and runs the store.
Right inside the front door is a Red Sox jersey autographed by Carl, who grew up in Bridgehampton and preceded fellow Long Islander Craig Biggio, who will be inducted Sunday.
"It's great, I mean, it's about time," Chet said. "Long Island is baseball, and has been for a long time."
He mentioned the East End team called the White Eagles that was popular in the 1940s and '50s.
"That's how Carl got his start," Yastrzemski said. "At one time, the whole team was relatives -- brothers, uncles, cousins."
One of the White Eagles' players was the grandfather of current Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is from Bridgehampton. The elder Pierzynski was right at home on the squad, Yastrzemski said: "He's a distant relative."