PLAY Ball with Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith Leads Off Hall of Fame Weekend at Doubleday Field

Interact with The Wizard and Special Guests Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter at the Museum’s Annual Education Fundraiser July 23

July 08, 2010

COOPERSTOWN, NY – He blazed a trail across the baseball world for parts of three decades, forever changing the game with fielding accomplishments never before seen.

He received baseball’s ultimate honor in the 2002, earning Hall of Fame election for his outstanding 19-year big league career that featured 15 All-Star Game selections and 13 Gold Gloves at shortstop.

Now, Ozzie Smith is committed to giving back to the game he loves. On July 23, that commitment will come alive for some fortunate fans at the annual PLAY Ball event at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

Smith, the Hall of Fame’s Education Ambassador, hosts PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith – an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s educational programs. Hall of Famer’s Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter will join Smith at PLAY Ball to give fans a unique chance to experience on-field moments with Hall of Famers.

Off the field, Smith has worked tirelessly for the Museum promoting the Hall of Fame’s learning initiatives.

“I so look forward to bringing this event back to Cooperstown for the ninth time during Hall of Fame Weekend 2010,” said Smith. “The event has helped bring awareness to the Hall of Fame's education programs, and in helping bring interns to Cooperstown for a hands-on learning experience. It is a great honor that Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter will be joining me for this interactive and entertaining afternoon at Doubleday Field.”

Participants in PLAY Ball each receive on-field round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers along with special mementos to commemorate their experience. The event will begin at 1 p.m. July 23 at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, and is part of the July 23-26 Hall of Fame Weekend activities that will be highlighted by the July 25 Induction Ceremony when Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog will be enshrined as the Class of 2010.

A limited number of spaces for PLAY Ball remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $450 for Members, $600 for non-Members. Members may reserve spots now by calling 607-547-0397. For more information on Membership, please visit www.hofclubhouse.com/membership .

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 26: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Advance tickets are not necessary but are available by contacting the Hall of Fame at 888-425-5633. For Hall of Fame Members, doors open at 7 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. A special Members’ only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. Interested parties may enroll in the membership program in advance or at the Museum.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day. Off-season hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily until Memorial Day Weekend. 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.