Ever since they first appeared in 1989, the hilariously dysfunctional Simpson family has captured the hearts of viewers in the US and even around the world. The funny misadventures of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and all the other quirky residents of Springfield as chronicled in “The Simpsons” animated sitcom was a major gold mine for Fox, one that has been at it steadily for over two decades, 28 seasons and over 600 episodes. It has received dozens of significant television accolades, but this latest one is from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. And this is in honor of a particular episode of “The Simpsons” that paid wacky homage to the sport (and managed to get actual baseball stars of the time to cameo).

Homer in Cooperstown

As stated, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” animated sitcom, specifically the third season's seventeenth episode “Homer At The Bat” which aired 1992, with a place of honor in Cooperstown, right next to the greatest legends to play baseball, including three of the nine MLB superstars to guest, appear in the episode, lending their voices (with various degrees of cooperation that spanned several months of production) to their Matt Groening-designed cartoon forms.

Homer at the Bat” shows the bumbling Simpson patriarch carry his softball team representing the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant to a championship match against a rival nuke plant’s team, with the MLB players being brought in by Homer’s boss Mr.

Burns as ringers, to absurd yet weirdly inspiring results. The episode is celebrating its 25th broadcast anniversary.

Baseball and pop culture

NBHF president Jeff Idelson stated in a press release their intention to pay tribute to the baseball homage episode of “The Simpsons.” He explained this by saying that the Baseball Hall of Fame not only salutes the greatest contributors to baseball and preserve its revered history but also tips its hat at the side of the sport that has shaped culture for everyone.

Drawing on the cartoon sitcom’s long TV run and the enduring popularity of “Homer at the Bat” – considered one of the greatest episodes of “The Simpsons” ever, Idelson added, Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries, evident in literature, theater, language, art, music, film and television.

‘The Simpsons’ is a perfect example of that connection to Americana.”

Homer Simpson aside, other inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year are Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez.

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