Baseball’s Biggest Stars Headed to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend, July 22-25
51 Hall of Famers to Celebrate Induction of Class of 2011; Induction Ceremony and inaugural Awards Presentation to Be Televised by MLB Network
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 2011.
Hall of Fame Weekend gets under way on Friday, July 22, as Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick prepare for the moment of a lifetime as they are enshrined at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The July 22-25 Weekend features an action-packed schedule of family friendly events, highlighted by the Sunday, July 24 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 pre-ceremony live show from MLB Network studios, hosted by Greg Amsinger. The pre-ceremony show will feature interviews with Bob Costas and the Class of 2011, live interviews with guests on-site and highlights from Saturday's Hall of Fame Parade of Legends. Live coverage of the Induction Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.
As of July 20, an expected 51 Hall of Famers are scheduled to return to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend, including the three members of the Class of 2011. Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick – the men who were elected to the Hall of Fame last winter by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and the Expansion Era Committee – will be enshrined on Sunday, July 24, as the Class of 2011.
Hall of Fame members expected to return to Cooperstown to honor the Class of 2011 include:
Dozens of members of the baseball community are also scheduled to attend all of Fame Weekend, including: Phillies GM Ruben Amaro; Brewers Assistant GM Gord Ash; Blue Jays President and CEO and Hall of Fame Board Member Paul Beeston; former major league pitcher Ralph Branca; former Braves and Blue Jays Manager Bobby Cox; Tigers President and GM Dave Dombrowski; White Sox Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn; Rays GM Andrew Friedman...Longtime exec Dallas Green; Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall; Reds President of Baseball Operations and GM Walt Jocketty; former major league pitcher Jim Kaat; Phillies Assistant GM Chuck LaMar; Brewers GM Doug Melvin; Phillies President David Montgomery; Tim Purpura, the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Minor League Baseball; White Sox Chairman and Hall of Fame Board Member Jerry Reinsdorf; Braves President John Schuerholz; Astros President of Baseball Operations Tal Smith; Twins President Dave St. Peter; Charleston RiverDogs owner Mike Veeck, son of Hall of Famer Bill Veeck; MLBPA Chief Michael Weiner; and former major leaguer Ernie Whitt.
On Saturday, July 23, the new 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 2011 Award Winners. Longtime play-by-play announcer Dave Van Horne will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence; Philadelphia Daily News national baseball columnist Bill Conlin will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing; and veteran baseball executive Roland Hemond will receive the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. Singer/songwriter Terry Cashman will perform his baseball classic, "Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey and The Duke)." The Awards Presentation is free and open to the public.
The inaugural Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will air on MLB Network on Sunday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Admission to both the July 23 Awards Presentation and the July 24 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 22 in Cooperstown, featuring four Hall of Fame members. Signups can still be made by calling 607-547-0397 or by visiting the Museum's Membership Desk;
- The Spotlight Series, where several Hall of Famers will come to Doubleday Field on Saturday, July 23 to participate in interactive discussions on a variety of topics, is free and open to the public. The Spotlight Series schedule includes:
11 a.m. – Scribes and Mikemen, featuring Bill Conlin, Peter Gammons, Jack O'Connell and Dave Van Horne
12 p.m. – Talent Evaluation, featuring Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda and Earl Weaver along with Dave Dombrowski and Tal Smith
1 p.m. – The Art of Pitching, featuring Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver and Don Sutton
2 p.m. – The Batter's Eye, featuring Hall of Famer Paul Molitor
- The Hall of Fame Parade of Legends, a rookie hit in 2010, returns to the lineup in 2011. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 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.
- On Monday, July 25, Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick will reflect on their Hall of Fame induction at the Voices of the Game – Induction Memories 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 2011 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 22: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 25: 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 and 8 a.m. on Monday. 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 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.