Hall of Fame Heroes to Ride in Main Street Parade in Cooperstown on Saturday

Fans Will Thrill to the Excitement of the Largest Gathering of Hall of Famers in Any Location This Year

July 21, 2010

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The scene will be pure Americana. The back story will be Baseball’s best weekend of the year. The heroes will be on hand.

The location is beyond question: Only Cooperstown could host a summertime parade like this.

As part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2010, members of the Baseball Hall of Fame will participate in the brand new Hall of Fame Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, on Main Street in Cooperstown. The parade will originate at Main Street and Chestnut Street in this historic village and conclude at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Hall of Famers will ride in Ford pickup trucks courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

Fans are encouraged to gather near Pioneer Park at Main and Pioneer streets for optimal viewing opportunities and to receive a free American flag to salute their heroes during the parade. Live announcements introducing all of the Hall of Fame members and participants will be featured.

Parade fans will have a front-row seat to catch a glimpse of the largest gathering of Hall of Fame members at one time in one location. At Pioneer Park, Hall of Fame staff members will entertain the crowd with contests and activities.

The Hall of Fame Parade of Legends is one of many family-friendly activities during a weekend that will feature the induction of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog as members of the Class of 2010 at the Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 25, at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be closed to visitors beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, but will re-open Sunday, July 25, at 8 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m. For participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program, doors open at 7 a.m. on Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. A special Members’ only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. Interested parties may enroll in the Membership Program in advance or at the Museum.

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 26: 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to free admission the Museum, Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game Series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the 2010 Hall of Fame yearbook and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a Member, please visit baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

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 off-season 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.