This isn’t the way he hoped, but Pete Frates is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“Baseball has given so much to Pete, Pete has given so much to baseball,” John Frates, Pete’s Father said.
And now, Pete Frates will give the original bucket from his iconic “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Cooperstown.
“When we first got the call and told Pete he burst into tears”, John Frates said, “It was tears of joy.”
The bucket first will be placed inside a Red Sox exhibit at the Hall according to John Shestakofsky, the VP of Communications and Education.
Frates also donated his hat and glove from his playing days as the captain of the Boston College Baseball team.
All of it will eventually go into a larger exhibit looking at ALS and baseball.
“it is part of baseball and American history now,” Shestakofsky said.
Baseball great Lou Gehrig first brought awareness to ALS.
Now Frates and his family are continuing the search for the cure.
“Pete you are going to the Hall of Fame and you are going to the Hall of Fame in one of the most unbelievable ways possible” said Nancy Frates, Pete’s mother.