Hall of Fame’s 2012 Calendar Helps Fans Connect to Cooperstown Throughout the Year

Highlights Include Family-Friendly Programs along with Signature Event Weekends

February 08, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – With the crack of bats and sounds of the ballpark beginning to return to Arizona and Florida this week, baseball fans are anticipating an unforgettable 2012 season. This year also promises to be memorable in Cooperstown, where the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has planned an events schedule filled with history makers and family classics.

The Hall of Fame will pay tribute to baseball’s legendary stars and create a lifetime of memories with family-friendly events in 2012. The action gets under way this month and continues throughout the year as the Museum celebrates the National Pastime. As always, the Museum’s calendar is highlighted by the annual Induction Weekend, which will feature the enshrinement of Barry Larkin and Ron Santo as the Class of 2012 July 20-23, with the Induction Ceremony on July 22 in Cooperstown.

The 2012 Hall of Fame calendar includes:

A Celebration of Black History Month – Feb. 20-24: The Hall of Fame will host a week’s worth of programs celebrating Black History Month. Programs will feature Artifact Spotlights, films that feature the stories of Negro leagues legends and a walkthrough of the Museum’s Pride and Passion exhibit with a Hall of Fame curator.

Family Day – March 31: The National Baseball Hall of Fame invites families to help us in kick off the baseball season in style with a special day at the Museum. Children 12 and under receive free admission and the day will include hands-on activities, crafts, and demonstrations throughout the museum all day long. Don’t miss a special lesson in bat-making at 1 p.m. as we connect live via video conference with the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

Opening Day – April 5: Welcome the return of Baseball at the Hall of Fame with televised live games from the major leagues starting at 1 p.m. and continuing throughout the afternoon as well as fun trivia contests between innings.

Youth Baseball Week – April 9-15: Celebrate Spring Break at the Hall of Fame with interactive programs such as Connect with Louisville Slugger, which features a virtual tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory (April 9, 11, 13); Jackie: Cross the Line!, which tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s life through actor Gregory Gibson Kenney (April 15); Roberto: Chat with an Angel, a portrayal of Clemente by Gregory Gibson Kenney (April 15); Brothers at Bat, an Authors Series program about an all-brothers baseball team presented by noted children’s author Audrey Vernick (April 12); and Girl Scout Day (April 14), with special reduced admission of for Scouts in uniform and for Scout Leaders. The Museum will offer special activities and experiences for scouting groups, including interactive programs on the history of women in baseball.

Hall of Fame Birthday – June 12: You’re invited to celebrate the Hall of Fame’s 73rd birthday! Special programs and activities all day long will celebrate the history of our institution.

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend – June 15-17: Six Hall of Famers and 20 other former major league players take to Doubleday Field for a game of legendary stars in this annual Father’s Day Weekend event, with the Hall of Fame Classic scheduled for Saturday, June 16. The Weekend will feature family-friendly events such as the Youth Skills Clinic, the Family Catch and a golf fundraiser for the Museum. Tickets go on sale April 14 at www.baseballhall.org.

America’s Birthday – July 4: Celebrate America’s birthday and America’s National Pastime together at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Throughout the day the Museum will feature fun programs and demonstrations for the family, patriotic craft activities, live coverage of Major League games in our Bullpen Theater, and a special, baseball-themed performance by musician Dan Bern.

All-Star Gala – July 10: Join the excitement and entertainment as the Hall of Fame hosts the annual All-Star Game Gala. The night will include games, prizes, food, entertainment, and, of course, live coverage of the 2012 All-Star Game from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Members may reserve tickets beginning Monday, June 4 and any remaining tickets will be available to non-members on Tuesday, July 3 by calling the Membership department at 607-547-0397.

Hall of Fame Weekend – July 20-23: The spotlight of the baseball world shines on Cooperstown as Barry Larkin and Ron Santo are enshrined as the Class of 2012. The Weekend features family-friendly events such as Saturday’s Awards Presentation and Parade of Legends, Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. ET Induction Ceremony and Monday’s Voices of the Game event with Barry Larkin and other Hall of Famers.

Family Day – Sept. 22: The National Baseball Hall of Fame invites families to a special day at the Museum during Cooperstown’s annual PumpkinFest Weekend. The day will include live music and hands-on activities, pumpkin and baseball themed crafts, and demonstrations throughout the museum all day long. Children 12 and under receive free admission.: The National Baseball Hall of Fame invites families to a special day at the Museum during Cooperstown’s annual PumpkinFest Weekend. The day will include live music and hands-on activities, pumpkin and baseball themed crafts, and demonstrations throughout the museum all day long. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

Baseball Film Festival – Sept. 28-30: We invite you to join us for our annual Baseball Film Festival. The Festival is a showcase of newly-released films of any genre with a baseball focus. Tickets for each screening session are free but must be reserved. Participants in the Hall of Fame's Membership Program may begin reserving their tickets on Tuesday, Sept. 4 by calling 607-547-0397. Any remaining tickets will be available to the general public beginning on Monday, Sept. 24.

Character and Courage Weekend – Oct. 5-7: Held during the autumn splendor of Columbus Day Weekend in Central New York, this thematic celebration of two traits found in the Hall of Fame spirit provides programs that document sportsmanship, character and integrity.

World Series Gala – Oct. 27: Enjoy the excitement of the Fall Classic on the big screen at the Hall of Fame in one of our favorite annual family events. The evening is sure to entertain with refreshments, trivia, raffles, prizes and, of course, live coverage of a to-be-determined game of the 2012 World Series.

Additional 2012 programs will be announced throughout the year at www.baseballhall.org. For more information on other Hall of Fame events, such as VIP Experience packages and Extra Innings Overnights outings, please call 607-547-7200.

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 regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. 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.