Connect to Cooperstown Through the Hall of Fame’s Social Media Channels

Get an Inside Look at Hall of Fame Weekend; Follow Hashtag #HOFWKND

July 25, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The baseball world will call Cooperstown home this weekend, and the buzz through social media will bring the Otsego County village to millions of fans through the channels of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Stay current on the game’s biggest stars and personalities with the Museum’s hashtag for Hall of Fame Weekend: #HOFWKND. Follow the action on stage and behind the scenes all weekend at all the Hall of Fame’s social media outlets: 

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #HOFWKND and mention the Hall of Fame on Twitter @BaseballHall. 

The July 26-28 Induction Weekend in Cooperstown celebrates the induction of Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White as the Class of 2013 at the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28 on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center, one mile south of the Hall of Fame on Susquehanna Avenue. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free. 

The 2013 Induction Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network. Greg Amsinger and 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Peter Gammons will host MLB Network’s live telecast of the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on July 28. 

The Induction Ceremony will be broadcast nationally on Sirius XM Radio Sirius 209 and XM 89 and will be available via a webcast at www.baseballhall.org. 

On Saturday, July 27, the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at Doubleday Field starting at 4:30 p.m. The one-hour program will feature the presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing to Paul Hagen of MLB.com. Longtime Blue Jays voice Tom Cheek will be honored posthumously with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence, with Cheek’s widow Shirley accepting the award. Also as part of the Awards Presentation, the Museum will salute Thomas Tull, who produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42”; and Dr. Frank Jobe, who pioneered the groundbreaking ligament replacement procedure now known as “Tommy John Surgery.” John, who won 288 games in the big leagues, will also be on hand. The returning Hall of Famers will watch the Awards Presentation from seats on the Doubleday Field stage. 

MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger will emcee the Awards Presentation, which is free and open to the public. MLB Network will televise the Awards Presentation at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28 prior to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 

The Saturday, July 27 events at historic Doubleday Field will begin as the Museum honors the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First? and the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem Casey at the Bat at a special 3:30 p.m. pre-show program. A live performance of Who’s On First? by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara, noted for their portrayal of the classic comedy duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, will be staged for all fans in attendance. Joining Palmer and Sciara will be the Hall of Fame’s Director of Research Tim Wiles, who will portray The Mighty Casey in Casey At The Bat. Gates will open for the performances at 3 p.m., and it event is free and open to the public. 

The newest fan favorite during Hall of Fame Weekend, the Parade of Legends, returns to Main Street in Cooperstown at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. The parade, now in its fourth year, will originate on Chestnut Street, then proceed down Main Street before concluding at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans are encouraged to gather near Pioneer Park at Main and Pioneer streets for optimal viewing opportunities. Live announcements introducing all of the Hall of Fame members and participants will be featured. 

Fans will have a front-row seat to catch a glimpse of the returning Hall of Famers as they parade along the route. Forty returning Hall of Famers will ride down the parade route in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company. 

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 26: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 27: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 28: 8 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.