All-Star Game Treasures Headed for Cooperstown

Museum Visitors Will Experience Instant History with Artifacts in ‘Today’s Game’ Exhibit

July 11, 2012
Bat used by Pablo Sandoval to hit the first bases-clearing triple in All-Star Game history and bat and hat used by Chipper Jones. (Brad Horn/NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The 83rd All-Star Game is in the history books, and some of that history is already on the way to Cooperstown.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum received several donations during the recent All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City, Mo., and those artifacts will be on display in time for the opening of Hall of Fame Weekend – July 20 – in the Museum’s Today’s Game exhibit, which celebrates the game’s newest heroes and freshest moments.

Donated artifacts from All-Star Weekend include:

  • Pablo Sandoval’s bat from his bases-loaded triple in the first inning of Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, the first bases-loaded triple in All-Star Game history
  • Chipper Jones’ bat from the All-Star Game, which he used to record his sixth-inning single
  • Chipper Jones’ cap from the All-Star Game, which will be the final All-Star appearance of his remarkable 19-year career
  • Nick Castellanos’ bat from the MVP performance of the Tigers’ prospect in Sunday’s Futures Game

Thousands of baseball fans are heading to Cooperstown to celebrate next weekend’s historic Class of 2012 Induction Ceremony, and the All-Star artifacts will be on exhibit for fans to enjoy.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has already collected dozens of treasures from the history-making 2012 Major League Baseball season, and many of those artifacts will be on display during Hall of Fame Weekend July 20-23 as the baseball world pauses to honor the induction of Barry Larkin and Ron Santo into the Hall of Fame.

Recently added artifacts to the Museum’s Today’s Game exhibit include:

  • Matt Cain’s cap and spikes from his June 13 perfect game for the Giants
  • Joey Votto’s bat from his three-homer, walk-off home run game for the Reds on May 13
  • Josh Hamilton’s bat from his four-homer game on May 8 for the Rangers
  • Jered Weaver’s jersey and a game ball from his May 2 no-hitter for the Angels

A visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a must for baseball fans during Hall of Fame Weekend. The Weekend is highlighted by the inductions of Barry Larkin and Ron Santo as the Class of 2012 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free.

The 2012 Induction Ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, unless severe weather forces the event to be canceled. Seating is unlimited. The Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network, broadcast nationally on Sirius XM Radio and will be available via a webcast at www.baseballhall.org.

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 20: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 21: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 22: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 23: 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 Saturday and Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. Interested parties may enroll in the membership program in advance or at the Museum.

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.