Rainy Forecast Moves 75th Anniversary Celebration Indoors on Thursday at 11 a.m.

Ceremony to Feature Phil Niekro, Cal Ripken in Commemoration of Diamond Anniversary

June 04, 2014

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Thursday’s rain-likely forecast will move the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony indoors to the Hall of Fame Gallery, featuring Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken, at 11 a.m. The event, which will be open to those purchasing a Museum admission, had previously been scheduled to be held on the front steps. 

Main Street, which had previously been scheduled to be closed from Fair to Pioneer Streets from 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., will remain open to vehicle traffic. 

Thursday’s Ceremony will mark the 75th birthday of the Museum, which opened its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, as an estimated crowd of 12,000 fans packed Main Street to witness the Opening Day Ceremony. 

This Thursday, the first 2,000 fans through the doors of the Museum will receive a 75th Anniversary Commemorative Keychain, compliments of Curtis 1000. 

The Museum will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, with admission to the Ceremony in the Gallery available on a first-come, first-served, standing-room only basis. Following the Ceremony, which will feature remarks from Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark and Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken, the Museum will celebrate the 75th with a Birthday Cake celebration at 12 noon, for Museum patrons. Apple cider will also be provided by Fly Creek Cider Mill. 

Throughout the day, Museum visitors will be invited to learn more about New York State Tourism through their display and the Hall of Fame’s participation in Path Through History Weekend in the Museum’s Learning Center. New York State Tourism’s “Taste of New York” Division will also provide free Kettle Corn samples outside of the Museum from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday. 

At 1 p.m., local residents who were present for the opening of the Museum on June 12, 1939 – Homer Osterhoudt, Howard Talbot and Catherine Walker – along with the Museum’s Curator Emeritus Ted Spencer will share their memories in a program for visitors in the Bullpen Theater. 

The anniversary celebration will continue into Friday highlighted by the opening of the Museum’s new exhibit Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend, a tribute to one of the game’s most colorful figures and his lasting impact on the National Pastime. 

All June 12-13 events at the Hall of Fame, except for the June 13 Voices of the Game program with Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken, are included with Museum admission. 

The schedule of public events at the Museum for the June 12-13 weekend includes: 

Thursday, June 12

11 a.m. – Celebration Ceremony in Museum’s Plaque Gallery with Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken and Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark and President Jeff Idelson 

12 p.m. – Presentation of 75th Anniversary Birthday Cake in the Museum’s Plaque Gallery 

1 p.m. – Memories of Opening Day Roundtable in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater, featuring Homer Osterhoudt, Ted Spencer, Howard Talbot and Catherine Walker 

Friday, June 13

All Day -- Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend opens after 11 a.m. on the Museum’s second floor 

11:30 a.m. – Opening of Google Cultural Institute Photo Booth located on the Museum’s third floor, where Museum visitors can have a photo taken in front of a virtual background featuring an image of Class of 2014 members Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre; image can be uploaded to the user’s Google platforms 

12 p.m.Babe Ruth Roundtable Discussion featuring Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Museum; author Jane Leavy; and John Thorn, official MLB Historian 

1 p.m. – Marty Appel, historian and author of “Pinstripe Empire,” will present a program on Babe Ruth’s legacy and sign copies of his book 

5 p.m.Voices of the Game program featuring Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater. Limited number of tickets are available to Museum members exclusively for $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and are available by calling 607-547-0397. 

The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both June 12 and 13.