Hall of Fame Celebrates 71st Birthday on Saturday

Actor Greg Kenney Portrays Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente During Special Anniversary Events on June 12th in Museum

June 09, 2010
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host a 71st Birthday celebration on June 12th. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Seventy-one years ago this week, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened its doors for the first time. Since then, the Hall of Fame has documented the history of the National Pastime and the men who have played the game.

On Saturday, as part of the Hall of Fame’s birthday celebration, actor Greg Kenney will bring that history to life through presentations on Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson.

Kenney will perform Jackie Cross the Line! and Roberto: Chat with an Angel on Saturday, June 12, in Cooperstown. On June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame opened its doors to the public, and Kenney’s performances are just some of the Museum’s birthday events throughout the day for fans of all ages.

Additional Museum birthday events on Saturday include:

  • A birthday card for the Hall of Fame will be available for visitors to sign at the main entrance from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • At 11:30 a.m., experience Baseball Coast to Coast, an interactive program about ballparks past and present that takes a look at baseball stadiums around the country in the Sacred Ground exhibit on the Museum’s third floor.
  • At 4 p.m., the Museum will feature the Happy 71st Birthday Celebration! with a card presentation ceremony and cupcakes for all in attendance in the Plaque Gallery.
  • At 4:30 p.m., visitors can test their knowledge of the Hall of Fame and the year 1939 in the program So You Think You Know The Baseball Hall of Fame? in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater.

Museum visitors can also view several new artifacts from the 2010 season, including the spikes A’s pitcher Dallas Braden wore during his May 9 perfect game. The 2010 New Inductee Exhibits are also on display, featuring artifacts from Class of 2010 members Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog.

All programs are included with a Hall of Fame admission ticket. For more information, visit www.baseballhall.org.

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. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 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.