‘Baseball Brackets’ Rolls into Round Two at Hall of Fame’s Facebook Page

Fans Will Choose Baseball’s Greatest Team in Voting during March and April

March 19, 2010

COOPERSTOWN, NY – While Spring Training has returned baseball to the national landscape, college basketball has hit the home stretch, giving sports fans a month like none other. Fans can now celebrate their love of baseball and college basketball with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and two special activities throughout March.

Dave Winfield is the only Hall of Famer to have played in the Men's NCAA tournament. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

While college basketball tournaments will fill the minds of sports fans over the next few weeks, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is providing fans a chance to determine the all-time greatest single-season baseball team through “Baseball Brackets,” a daily poll exclusively at the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page. The tournament began on March 5 and Round 2 – featuring matchups of the 16 winning teams from Round 1 – will get under way beginning Sunday, March 21.

Some of the most exciting teams in history will do battle in Round 2 as the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers take on the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1961 New York Yankees look to defeat the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1954 Cleveland Indians hope to hold off the 1932 New York Yankees.

The top 32 teams in baseball history have been ranked based on all-time single-season total wins, with runs scored as a tie-breaker. In daily polls since March 5, fans have been casting their votes each day on the Hall of Fame’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/baseballhall on the poll tab to decide the winner in each matchup as the bracket is whittled down from 32 teams to one. The matchup of the final two teams will be scheduled for Opening Day of the 2010 season, Monday, April 5. For more information and to review the seeding and history of all 32 teams, visit www.baseballhall.org/baseballbrackets.

By April 6, fans everywhere will crown the greatest baseball team in history. It could be a perennial favorite or a Cinderella story. Don’t let your favorite get knocked out early – make sure you vote every day!

Also in March, while sports fans are descending on nearby Syracuse for tournament action, the Hall of Fame will celebrate the relationship between the two sports with a special day of programming on Friday, March 26.

Special programming Friday, March 26 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will offer several events throughout the day, including:

  • Science on the Sandlot, 11 a.m., Education Gallery, A hands-on program for all ages taking a look at the science behind the game.
  • Artifact Spotlight, 1 p.m., Education Gallery, A closer look at some of the Hall’s treasures featuring a bat used by Michael Jordan while playing with the Double-A Birmingham Barons and a bat used by Dave Winfield – the only Hall of Famer who also played in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – to hit his 400th career home run.
  • So You Think You Know Baseball, 4 p.m., Bullpen Theater. Test your baseball and basketball knowledge in this fun trivia contest for visitors of all ages.

    Open seven days a week the year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Memorial Day Weekend. Summer hours extend until Labor Day, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. 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 six years of age or younger, active and retired card-carrying military personnel. For more information, visit our Web site at www.baseballhalloffame.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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