Celebrate the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 75th Anniversary with a Cooperstown Celebration, June 12-13
Diamond Event to Feature Joe Morgan, Cal Ripken as Part of Commemorative Programs Celebrating Museum’s Birthday and Babe Ruth Gallery Opening
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Seventy-five years after its grand celebration brought Cooperstown to the American forefront in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary on Thursday, June 12, with several activities to commemorate the historic day, including appearances by Hall of Famers Joe Morgan and Cal Ripken. The events will mark a weekend celebration of the Museum’s 75th birthday and the dedication of the Museum’s newest exhibit: Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend, June 12-13 in Cooperstown.
The Museum will begin the festivities with a dedication ceremony on the front steps at 11 a.m. on June 12, featuring Hall of Famers Morgan and Ripken along with Museum officials. Following the event, visitors will be invited in to experience the Museum and to sing Happy Birthday and enjoy a Gallery-sized Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Birthday Cake.
At 1 p.m., local residents who were present for the opening of the Museum on June 12, 1939 – Homer Osterhoudt and Howard Talbot – will share their memories in a program for visitors in the Bullpen Theater.
On Friday, June 13, the Museum will celebrate the opening of Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend with a formal dedication ceremony at 10 a.m., featuring members of the Ruth family. The new exhibit Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend will open on the Museum’s second floor and has been made possible by generous support from Ford Motor Company and Jay and Patty Baker, along with an anonymous gift. The exhibit will feature a scrapbook look at Ruth, allowing visitors to experience the historic impact of the Bambino on the American public, as it happened. Stunning historic artifacts, never-before-seen ephemera and exciting movie footage come together to reveal the stories and history of baseball’s most popular figure in the year of the 100th anniversary of Ruth’s big league debut.
Programs in the Museum will celebrate both historic anniversaries throughout the June 12-13 weekend. For more information, please visit www.baseballhall.org.