Hall of Fame Staff Members Accept ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Cooperstown Shrine Challenges Bassett Heathcare Network to Support ALS Association

August 29, 2014
The Hall of Fame team took the #ALSIceBucketChallenge on Aug. 28 in Cooperstown. (Jenny Ambrose/NBHOF)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Two of baseball’s greatest legends will be forever linked to ALS and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, Aug. 28, Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, President Jeff Idelson and the Museum staff answered the #ALSIceBucketChallenge of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the front steps of the Cooperstown shrine, in honor of Hall of Fame members Lou Gehrig and Catfish Hunter, who both succumbed to the fatal disease.

Nearly 60 staff members lined the famed front steps of the Museum in support of the ALS Association’s scientific focus to fund research into the disease and potential cures, with large cutouts of the Hall of Fame plaques of Gehrig and Hunter serving as the backdrop. Staff members also made contributions to the ALS Association in support of the Ice Bucket Challenge.

As part of the Hall of Fame’s acceptance of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Clark and Idelson challenged Bassett Healthcare Network, headquartered in Cooperstown, to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

“Here in Cooperstown, we honor two of the game’s legends in Lou Gehrig and Catfish Hunter with Hall of Fame plaques, as they were among the greatest to ever play the game,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “These two men also are remembered daily for their tremendous courage as they fought ALS, with the disease claiming both far too early in their lives. We are honored to accept the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s challenge, while paying tribute to these two legends and heroes.”