Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrates Black History Month

March 04, 2010
Clockwise from top left: Negro leaguers Rube Foster, Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard and Monte Irvin. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Negro National League with a full week of programs celebrating Black History Month Feb. 15-19 in Cooperstown.

Visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum can participate in a variety of daily programs, including oral history interviews with players such as Hall of Famer Monte Irvin and Negro leagues legend Buck O'Neil, and special Artifact Spotlight presentations highlighting important pieces from the Hall of Fame’s collection. In total, 35 Negro leaguers have been elected to the Hall of Fame since 1971. Programs offer the perfect complement for families and school children to the Hall of Fame experience during the Presidents’ Week break.

All programs are included with a Museum admission. Daily Programs from Monday through Friday include:

  • 10 a.m. Fay Vincent Oral History Project: An Interview with Buck O’Neil
    Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor
    Watch footage of an interview conducted by former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.
  • 11:30 a.m. Artifact Spotlight: Before Jackie Robinson
    Education Gallery, 3rd Floor
    Get an up close look at artifacts from the collection in this special presentation.
  • 1 p.m. The Negro Leagues of the 1920s
    Education Gallery, 3rd Floor
    Take a tour around the Negro leagues and learn about some of the greatest players you may have never heard of in this interactive activity.
  • 2 p.m. Fay Vincent Oral History Project: An Interview with Monte Irvin
    Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor
    Watch footage of an interview conducted by former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.
  • 2:30 p.m. Artifact Spotlight: Before Jackie Robinson
    Education Gallery, 3rd Floor
    Get an up close look at artifacts from the collection in this special presentation.

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.