President Obama Makes Historic Hall of Fame Visit
For the first time in the 75-year history of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a sitting President visited Cooperstown, as President Barack Obama toured the Museum and delivered remarks on Thursday afternoon, May 22, 2014.
President Obama delivered a speech on tourism following a tour of the Museum, in which he saw exhibits ranging from Diamond Dreams, detailing the role of Women in Baseball, to Pride and Passion, the African-American Baseball Experience. President Obama also viewed artifacts from the Museum’s collections, ranging from Jackie Robinson’s jersey to Babe Ruth’s bat to Jim Thome’s 500th home run baseball.
The President’s visit and speech on tourism comes on the eve of the Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, the Museum’s official start to the summer season. The Hall of Fame Classic will be played on Saturday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at Doubleday Field, featuring six Hall of Famers and a representative from each of the 30 major league teams.