Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, New Pitch Count Game Show Highlight Induction Eve in Cooperstown
Class of 2012 to Be Enshrined Sunday at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For Barry Larkin, Saturday in Cooperstown meant a little fun on the golf course and a lot of anticipation for what is to come.
For Tim McCarver and Bob Elliott, Saturday meant the pinnacle of their outstanding careers.
It all added up to Induction Eve at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – and the thousands of fans in attendance loved every minute of it.
“It’s very humbling,” said Larkin, who will be enshrined at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. “Every thing about this is humbling, to think that you are part of the Hall of Fame.”
Larkin spent the morning on the historic Leatherstocking Golf Course with his family and new Hall of Fame teammates, then met the media in preparation for Sunday’s induction.
McCarver and Elliott, meanwhile, received the Ford C. Frick Award and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, respectively. In front of almost four dozen Hall of Famers and thousands of fans at Doubleday Field at the Awards Presentation, McCarver and Elliott thanked supporters and recounted memories of their careers, and the event also featured a celebration of the three living managers who have led the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series titles: Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa, as well as an appearance by the 2011 World Series trophy.
Elliott, the Toronto Sun writer who has been a champion of baseball in Canada for more than three decades, was presented with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. McCaver, the longtime Fox Spots analyst who also worked for the Phillies, Mets, Yankees and Giants, followed Elliott to the stage to accept the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.
With 46 Hall of Famers in Cooperstown to help celebrate the induction of the Class of 2012 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, fans had plenty of chances to touch a little bit of history on Saturday at the home of baseball.
Some of Saturday’s highlights included:
**More than two dozen Hall of Famers and other baseball luminaries teed off at the Hall of Fame Invitational at picturesque Leatherstocking Golf Course. The Larkin party team, featuring Byron Larkin, Michael Larkin, Joe Logan and John Hayes, captured first place.
**Class of 2012 electee Barry Larkin met the media one last time before Sunday’s Induction Ceremony, and the children of Ron Santo – also a member of the Class of 2012 – participated in the pre-Induction press conference as well. Ron Santo Jr., Jeff Santo and Linda Santo Brown shared several touching stories about their late father’s career with the assembled media contingent.
**Doubleday Field played host to the new Hall of Fame game show Pitch Count as fans cheered Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro as they competed with fan contestants in the password-style game.
**Fans stood 10-deep along Main Street to get a glimpse of their Hall of Fame heroes during the Parade of Legends. The returning Hall of Famers rode down Main Street in pickup trucks provided by Ford Motor Company.
**Thousands of fans visited the Museum on Saturday, taking advantage of extended Hall of Fame Weekend hours. The Museum is open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program able to enter the Museum at 7 a.m.
The Class of 2012 will be inducted at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The Induction Ceremony is free and open to the public and will be shown live on MLB Network and broadcast nationally on Sirius/XM (Sirius 209 and XM 89). A webcast will be shown at www.baseballhall.org.
The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: 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 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.