43 Hall of Fame Legends to be in Cooperstown For Hall of Fame Weekend, July 20-23

Barry Larkin and Ron Santo to be Inducted as Class of 2012

July 02, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – History comes to life every day in Cooperstown, but never more than when America’s Most Perfect Village hosts the largest gathering of Hall of Famers anywhere in the baseball world during Hall of Fame Weekend.

More than 40 Hall of Famers are expected to return to Cooperstown to celebrate the enshrinement of the Class of 2012 July 20-23. As of July 2, an expected 43 Hall of Famers, including Class of 2012 member Barry Larkin, are scheduled to be a part of Hall of Fame Weekend festivities in Cooperstown to celebrate the induction of Larkin and Ron Santo – the men who were elected to the Hall of Fame last winter by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Golden Era Committee, respectively. Larkin and Santo will be enshrined on Sunday, July 22, as the Class of 2012, with ceremonies beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET. The 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live on MLB Network.

On Saturday, July 21, the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Doubleday Field, where the returning Hall of Famers will gather on stage to honor the 2012 Award Winners. Longtime analyst Tim McCarver will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting; and Toronto Sun baseball scribe Bob Elliott will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

The Awards Presentation will also feature a celebration of the three living managers who have led the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series championships: Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst and Whitey Herzog, along with recently-retired manager Tony La Russa, who will manage the National League All-Stars next Tuesday in Kansas City. The Cardinals’ 2011 World Series trophy will also be on display at the Awards Presentation and will be exhibited at the Museum July 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission to both the July 21 Awards Presentation and the July 22 Induction Ceremony is free.

As of July 6, the Hall of Fame members expected to return to Cooperstown to honor the Class of 2012 include:

Roberto Alomar Rollie Fingers Sandy Koufax
Frank Robinson
Luis Aparicio Carlton Fisk Juan Marichal
Ryne Sandberg
Johnny Bench Whitey Ford Willie Mays
Mike Schmidt
Bert Blyleven Bob Gibson Paul Molitor
Red Schoendienst
Wade Boggs Pat Gillick Joe Morgan
Tom Seaver
George Brett Tony Gwynn Eddie Murray
Ozzie Smith
Lou Brock Doug Harvey Phil Niekro
Bruce Sutter
Jim Bunning Rickey Henderson Jim Palmer
Billy Williams
Steve Carlton Whitey Herzog Tony Pérez
Dave Winfield
Andre Dawson Fergie Jenkins Gaylord Perry
Dennis Eckersley Al Kaline
Jim Rice

The Induction Ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on July 22, unless severe weather forces the event cancellation. Seating is free and unlimited and the ceremony is expected to last around two hours. The Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network, broadcast nationally on Sirius XM Radio and will be available via a Web cast at www.baseballhall.org.

The Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 21 is free of charge and open to the public at Doubleday Field. As a prelude to the Awards Presentation, the The Hall of Fame will present a new game show, Pitch Count, featuring Hall of Fame pitchers Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro, at 3 p.m. at Doubleday Field, which is free of charge and open for fans.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. for the 4:30 p.m. Awards Presentation, which is expected to last an hour. Following the Awards Presentation, the Hall of Famers and Award winners will stage for the Parade of Legends, which will follow after the event, in a ride down Main Street in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company.

The complete schedule for Hall of Fame Weekend includes:

Friday, July 20

  • Ozzie Smith’s PLAY Ball Museum fundraiser will be held at 8 a.m. The annual fundraiser for the Museum’s educational programs gives fans a unique opportunity to experience on-field moments and share stories with Ozzie and his Hall of Fame friends. The event begins with an exclusive morning reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, then moves to a Cooperstown-area diamond for two hours of interactive stories, instruction and fun. To register, please call 607-547-0397.
  • Tony Gwynn will celebrate the lives of four Hall of Fame teammates during the First-Day-of-Issue Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. in Cooperstown. The dedication ceremony, which is an invitation-only event, will be shown for fans via closed-circuit television in Cooper Park adjacent to the Museum. Available nationwide that day, the stamps can also be purchased at the Museum and the Cooperstown Post Office. Four of baseball’s most revered Hall of Famers will be immortalized on 45-cent First-Class Forever stamps. Appearing on the Major League Baseball All-Stars sheet of 20 stamps will be Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees; Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians; Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates; and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox.

Saturday, July 21

  • The Hall of Fame will present a new game show, featuring Hall of Fame pitchers Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro, at 3 p.m. at Doubleday Field, free of charge and open for fans to enjoy as a pre-cursor to the Awards Presentation. The new game show, called Pitch Count, is modeled after popular past game shows, in which each Hall of Famer will be paired with a contestant to provide the mystery word answer to a baseball-themed category. The game features nine innings of head-to-head competition, with the winning team having a chance to play for a grand prize, a Lifetime Membership to the Hall of Fame for one lucky fan.
  • The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Doubleday Field. Tim McCarver will be presented with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence, while Bob Elliott will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers. The Awards Presentation will also include a salute to nearly a half century – and three generations – of St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series championships. The event will feature a special recognition to the living managers who guided the franchise to titles – Red Schoendienst in 1967, Whitey Herzog in 1982 and Tony La Russa in 2006 and 2011 – along with an appearance of the World Series Trophy, during the Hall of Fame’s salute to its annual award winners.
  • The third annual Hall of Fame Parade of Legends will begin at 6 p.m. along Main Street. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate on Chestnut Street and conclude at the front steps of the Museum on Main Street. Hall of Famers will ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company en route to a private reception at the Museum.

Sunday, July 22

  • The annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center, located one mile south of the Hall of Fame. BBWAA electee Barry Larkin and Golden Era Committee electee Ron Santo will be inducted on stage in front of more than 40 returning Hall of Famers. Admission to the ceremony at the Clark Sports Center is free.
  • The Class of 2012 will have their Hall of Fame Plaques installed in the Museum’s Plaque Gallery at approximately 7 p.m. (inductees will not be present).

Monday, July 23

  • Barry Larkin will be featured in a Voices of the Game program along with Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Tony Pérez at 10:30 a.m. at the Clark Sports Center as he reminisces about his career and his induction into the Hall of Fame. Tickets are available only to participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program and are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Hall of Fame Members receive free admission to the Museum year-round, and membership information is available at www.baseballhall.org. Museum members also receive as a host of benefits, including a subscription to the bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, an annual copy of the Hall of Fame Yearbook, 10% off retail store purchases, plus free shipping, and more.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 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.