Hall of Fame Weekend Lineup Revamped To Provide More Fan Interaction

Hall of Fame Parade of Legends Highlights List of New Additions

December 18, 2009

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Scores of Hall of Famers and droves of baseball fans flock to Cooperstown, N.Y., the final weekend in July to celebrate the game’s greatest players and honor the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson addressed the media to announce changes to Induction Weekend. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame LIbrary)

Beginning in 2010, Hall of Fame Weekend will have a new lineup, designed to create more fan interaction within the three-day celebration of baseball’s history, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced on Friday. The schedule of events complements the biggest annual event in baseball – the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – which will once again return to Cooperstown and the grounds of the Clark Sports Center, on Sunday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

"Hall of Fame Weekend is our crown jewel event, with the eyes of an entire nation on Cooperstown” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “While tradition is our hallmark, we’re also constantly evaluating everything we touch to ensure we are staying relevant and exciting. These changes were incorporated to give every fan a deeper and richer experience with every public program we offer during Hall of Fame Weekend, by maximizing the fan interaction and excitement.”
Highlighting the changes to Hall of Fame Weekend, a new event, the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends, will feature a Main Street Parade beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate on upper Main Street and conclude at the front steps of the Museum for a Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony.

“In recent years, the Red Carpet Arrival event at the Museum has grown in popularity and become a signature event of Hall of Fame Weekend,” said Idelson. “We look to bring more baseball families to Main Street at an earlier hour, so that the excitement of the Red Carpet Arrivals can be felt throughout the village and more fans can get a front-row seat to catch a glimpse of the largest gathering of Hall of Fame members at one time, in one location.” 

The new lineup for Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will include plenty to do for all ages and will provide plenty of interaction with baseball's legends. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Other event changes to Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 feature new starting times for three popular fan participation events.  PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith, an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s education programs, moves to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23 at Doubleday Field, to allow more fans the opportunity to travel in and participate.  Connecting Generations, a trivia-based game-show with several Hall of Fame members, moves to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24 at the Clark Sports Center. The annual New York-Penn League Game, featuring the Tri-City ValleyCats and the Oneonta Tigers moves to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 at Doubleday Field. 

Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 will feature the return of a popular event for Museum Members, the Hall of Fame Roundtable, a live discussion with the new inductees, on Monday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center. Additional activities for Hall of Fame Weekend include special Museum hours throughout the weekend, the installation of the Hall of Fame plaques on Sunday evening in the Museum at approximately 7 p.m. and commemorative Hall of Fame Weekend merchandise, available all weekend in the Museum Store.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Induction class of 2010 will include former Royals and Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and long-time umpire Doug Harvey, who were elected by the Veterans Committee on Dec. 7. They will be joined by any electees who emerge from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, with results to be announced on Jan. 6. Additionally, the 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award will be presented to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. The 2010 Ford C. Frick Award will also be presented for excellence in baseball broadcasting, with the winner of this year’s award to be announced on Feb. 1. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be aired in its entirety on MLB Network for a second consecutive year.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day through From Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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