Hall of Famer Rod Carew Brings Message of Character and Courage to Cooperstown for Saturday Celebration

Voices of the Game Event in Museum’s Grandstand Theater Will Feature Legendary Batsman; Limited Tickets Remain

October 06, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – A life of character and courage – both on the baseball diamond and off – culminated in Rod Carew’s election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

More than two decades later, Carew continues to spread his inspirational message throughout the world. On Saturday, Oct. 8, Carew will share stories of his legendary career at Character and Courage Weekend at the Hall of Fame.

As part of its fourth-annual salute to Character and Courage, the Hall of Fame will host an 11 a.m. Voices of the Game event with Rod Carew on Saturday in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater. As part of this year’s Character and Courage Weekend celebration – which is dedicated to baseball and its contributions to the military – Carew will discuss his career and take questions from the audience during the Voices of the Game event.

A ticket is required for the Saturday, Oct. 8 Voices of the Game event featuring Rod Carew and costs $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available by calling 607-547-0397.

Carew’s military obligation cost him more than two dozen games in several seasons as he served his commitment to the Marine Corps Reserve. He spent six years in the Marines in the late 1960s as a combat engineer.

But when he returned to the diamond, Carew made up for lost time with an uncanny ability to hit the baseball. He crafted a .328 career batting average en route to seven American League batting titles in a 10-year stretch from 1969-78. Over his 19-year big league career with the Twins and Angels, Carew amassed 18 All-Star Game selections and 3,053 hits. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1967, and 10 years later won the AL Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .388 while leading the league with 239 hits.

Saturday’s Voices of the Game event is just one of several events during Character and Courage Weekend, including:

Friday, Oct. 7

  • 9:15 – 11 a.m.: Rod Carew visits the Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave., to visit patients and participate in a moderated discussion about this career
  • 1 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.: Rod Carew visits Henninger High School in Syracuse, 600 Robinson Ave., for a moderated discussion with students from each of the Syracuse city high schools.

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The Hall of Fame hosts Letters from the Home Front in the Museum’s Library Atrium, a program where Hall of Fame visitors can write thank-you notes to the men and women of the United States military.
  • 11 a.m.: Voices of the Game event in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater, featuring Hall of Famer Rod Carew in a one-hour moderated program focusing on his historic career.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Rod Carew will welcome Character and Courage in Action honorees Katelyn Evans (from Onondaga County), Alicia Sebeck (from Otsego County) and Meghan Vann (from Otsego County) to the Museum as part of recognition of their community service initiatives. Character and Courage in Action is a Hall of Fame initiative that honors exemplary young people throughout Central New York.
  • 2 p.m.: Heroes of the Diamond – A reading of this classic children’s book, which is a true story of a barnstorming baseball team made up of U.S. military all-stars, in the Museum’s Sandlot Kids Clubhouse

Media interested in covering any of these events should request credentials through Hall of Fame Director of Communications Craig Muder via email at cmuder [at] baseballhall [dot] org.

For more information on Character and Courage Weekend, please visit www.baseballhall.org .

In 2008, the Hall of Fame dedicated the Character and Courage statues in the Museum’s foyer. The statues, which depict Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, celebrate character and courage in baseball and in life, reflecting the achievements of Clemente, Gehrig and Robinson as beacons of these characteristics. Made possible through a gift of Hall of Fame supporter Bob Crotty, the statues are a permanent Museum exhibit.

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 Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 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.