COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The line of fans to see Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr.’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques early Monday snaked through the plaque gallery, up a ramp and almost to the A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center. It would take nearly 90 minutes for some to see the gallery’s newest additions.
But it was still an opportunity for fans who attended Sunday’s induction ceremonies to get close to the plaques that they had been able to see, briefly, only on video screens at the Clark Sports Center, where a gathering of about 50,000 had celebrated the players.
The plaques, with Griffey’s and Piazza’s the first to be sculpted by Tom Tsuchiya, are popular objects. They usually draw a crowd hours after each induction when they are unveiled at the gallery wall and then attract even bigger crowds on Mondays before fans leave Cooperstown.
“This is our first time at the Hall,” said Eric Barrans, who flew from Seattle…