Hall of Fame to Salute Baseball’s Records and the Stories Behind Them in ‘One for the Books’

Morgan, Niekro and Ripken Scheduled to Participate in Memorial Day Weekend Opening

April 27, 2011

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – Numbers and statistics have been a part of baseball's hold on fans for more than 100 years. But it's the records those figures represent – and the stories forever attached to them – that bring the National Pastime its immortal status.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate those stories in its new exhibit One for the Books: Baseball Records and the Stories Behind Them, opening May 28 at the Cooperstown, N.Y., shrine. Three Hall of Fame members – Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro and Cal Ripken – are scheduled to participate in opening weekend festivities for the Museum's salute to baseball's most sacred milestones.

The Museum's newest permanent exhibit, located on the third floor in the Hank Aaron Gallery, features more than 200 artifacts while exploring the stories behind iconic records such as Cy Young's 511 victories, Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive games played and Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak. With numbers powered by baseball-reference.com, One for the Books will be the Museum's most technologically advanced exhibit and feature an interactive experience like no other.

"For fans who love to compare and contrast numbers, records, and record holders, this exhibit is mesmerizing," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "Our curatorial, exhibits and research staffs have created a compelling interactive experience. This exhibit will help fans understand how the foundations of success have been defined over centuries."

The exhibit will examine records in batting, home runs, pitching, baserunning, fielding, team records, and a seventh category that will hold records like tallest, shortest, oldest, youngest, most seasons played and records held by umpires. Although the exhibit will focus on records from Major League Baseball, it will also explore records from Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, the Negro leagues, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, the minor leagues and youth baseball.

The exhibit will allow fans to search records dating back through baseball history via an interactive Top Ten Tower while giving visitors a look at exciting moments throughout the years via a multimedia wall. A wide-spread capital campaign to help offset the $1.25 million exhibit cost allows supporters to recognize their favorite record through donations at www.baseballhall.org .

Special Museum programming will be held throughout the day on May 28 in celebration of the exhibit opening, including:

  • 10:30 a.m.: A special Artifact Spotlight on Baseball Records in the Museum's Learning Center
  • 11:30 a.m.: An Authors Series program in the Museum's Bullpen Theater featuring Kostya Kennedy, author of "56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports"
  • 1 p.m.: A Voices of the Game program with Hall of Fame members Rod Carew, Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan and Cal Ripken. *Ticket required
  • 3 p.m.: So You Think You Know Baseball (Records)?, an interactive trivia game in the Museum's Bullpen Theater

All programs except for the Voices of the Game event are included with Museum admission. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 28 and throughout the summer through the day before Labor Day.

Tickets for the May 28 Voices of the Game event, featuring the appearance of the four Hall of Fame members, will be first available to Museum members on Monday, May 2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Quantities are limited. Members may purchase tickets by calling 607-547-0397 beginning at 9 a.m. on May 2. An active membership is required to purchase tickets for this special event.

To become a Museum member, please call 1-888-Hall-of-Fame or visit www.baseballhall.org to learn more about how membership supports the educational mission of the Hall of Fame.

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.