Baseball’s Biggest Stars Headed to Cooperstown For Hall of Fame Weekend, July 20-23

44 Returning Hall of Famers to Celebrate Induction of Class of 2012; Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation to Be Televised by MLB Network

July 18, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball’s biggest stars are en route to baseball’s grandest weekend. 

Cooperstown, N.Y., the spiritual home of baseball, is about to become the weekend home of the game’s most luminous names – and the permanent home of the Class of 2012. 

Hall of Fame Weekend gets under way on Friday, July 20, culminating with the induction of Barry Larkin and Ron Santo as the Class of 2012 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The July 20-23 Weekend features an action-packed schedule of family friendly events, highlighted by the Sunday, July 22 Induction Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. 

The Induction Ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network, with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a special Hall of Fame edition of MLB Tonight with MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, Brian Kenny, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. The pre-ceremony show will feature interviews with Barry Larkin and Hall of Famers in attendance and special features on this year’s inductees. Live coverage of the Induction Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET. 

As of July 18, an expected 45 Hall of Famers are scheduled to return to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend, including Class of 2012 member Barry Larkin. Larkin and the late 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 – will be enshrined on Sunday, July 22, as the Class of 2012. 

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


Dozens of members of the baseball community are also scheduled to attend Hall of Fame Weekend, including: Brewers Assistant GM Gord Ash; former major leaguer Glenn Beckert; Blue Jays President and CEO and Hall of Fame Board Member Paul Beeston; former major league pitcher Tom Browning; Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck; former big league pitcher Larry Christenson; former major leaguer Eric Davis; Fox Vice Chairman Ed Goren; former major league player Randy Hundley; Reds President of Baseball Operations and GM Walt Jocketty; former major league manager Tony La Russa; Pat O’Conner, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Minor League Baseball; White Sox Chairman and Hall of Fame Board Member Jerry Reinsdorf; Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts; and MLBPA Chief Michael Weiner. 

On Saturday, July 21, the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. ET at Doubleday Field, where the returning Hall of Famers will gather on stage to honor the 2012 Award Winners. Longtime Fox Sports television analyst Tim McCarver will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence; Toronto Sun baseball writer Bob Elliott will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing; and a celebration will be hosted for the three living managers who have guided the Cardinals to World Series championships: Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa – along with the appearance of the 2011 World Series trophy. The new Hall of Fame game show, Pitch Count, will serve as a warm-up for the Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field and feature Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro. 

Seating will begin for the Awards Presentation at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, and will be first-come, first-served. The seating area will not be cleared between Pitch Count and the Awards Presentation

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will air on MLB Network on Sunday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET. 

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

Several family friendly events also will take place in Cooperstown during the July 22-25 Induction Weekend, including:

  • PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith, an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s education programs, will be held at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 20 in Cooperstown, featuring Ozzie and his Hall of Fame teammates Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Paul Molitor. Signups can still be made by calling 607-547-0397 or by visiting the Museum’s Membership Desk. 
  • Author Kerrie Ferrell, daughter of Hall of Famer Rick Ferrell, visits the National Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss her book, “Rick Ferrell: Knuckleball Pitcher”, with a 2 p.m. Authors Series program on Friday, July 20. A book signing will follow the program in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater with books available in the Museum's bookstore, located in the Library Atrium. The program is included with Museum admission and open to the public. 
  • Join authors John Erardi and Greg Rhodes for a discussion of Barry Larkin’s career and a look back at the early 1990s Cincinnati Reds during an Authors Series event at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater.  The program is included with Museum admission and open to the public. 
  • The new game show Pitch Count will feature Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro and 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. Pitch Count will begin at 3 p.m. on July 21 at Doubleday Field. 
  • The Hall of Fame Parade of Legends will feature Hall of Fame members in the parade, which will originate at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 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. The parade is free and open to the public, and no ticket is required. 
  • Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will be featured in an Authors Series program at 9 a.m. on Sunday in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater. Dawson will discuss his new book “If You Love This Game…An MVP’s Life in Baseball.” A book signing will follow the program, with books available in the Museum’s bookstore, located in the Library Atrium.  The program is included with Museum admission and open to the public. 
  • On Monday, July 23, new inductee Barry Larkin will reflect on his Hall of Fame induction and be joined by Hall of Fame teammates Tony Pérez and Billy Williams at a Voices of the Game event at 10:30 a.m. at the Clark Sports Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-and-under and are available at the Hall of Fame. 

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. In addition to the MLB Network telecast, the Induction Ceremony will be broadcast nationally on Sirius XM MLB Network Radio Channel 209 (Sirius) and 89 (XM) 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.