Inductions of Dawson, Harvey and Herzog Highlight Hall of Fame Weekend 2010, July 23-26

Family-Themed Events Featured at Cooperstown Celebration with 50 Hall of Famers

July 23, 2010
Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 will take place July 23-26 in Cooperstown. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

View a preview video of 2010 Hall of Fame Weekend

Transcript of Andre Dawson's pre-Induction Ceremony teleconference on July 16, 2010 (pdf)

Transcript of Doug Harvey's pre-Induction Ceremony teleconferece on July 16, 2010 (pdf)

Transcript of Whitey Herzog's pre-Induction Ceremony teleconference on July 16, 2010 (pdf)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – All eyes of the baseball world are once again turned to Cooperstown, N.Y., for Hall of Fame Weekend 2010. A full slate of family events, baseball entertainment, and exclusive opportunities complement a classic American weekend, July 23-26.

As of July 23, 50 Hall of Fame members – including the Class of 2010 – are scheduled to be in Cooperstown for the induction of the newest class at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The annual Induction Ceremony will be held Sunday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. EDT at the Clark Sports Center, located about a mile from the Museum.

Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 features a full schedule of family-themed events, highlighted by the appearance of 50 Hall of Fame members and a new lineup on Saturday. For the first time ever, Hall of Fame Weekend will feature a Parade of Legends, to proceed down Main Street to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

Andre Dawson is the lone electee from this year’s Baseball Writers’ Association of America vote in January. Dawson, who will turn 56 on July 10, was named to eight All-Star teams and won eight Gold Glove Awards in the outfield during his 21-year big league career. Dawson won the 1977 National League Rookie of the Year Award with the Expos and was named the 1987 NL Most Valuable Player while with the Cubs.

Dawson was named on 77.9 percent of ballots cast by BBWAA members.

The December 2009 Veterans Committee election produced two electees: Former National League umpire Doug Harvey and former Rangers, Angels, Royals and Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog.

Harvey, who was a crew chief in 18 of his 31 NL seasons, received 93.8 percent of the vote after being named on 15 of a possible 16 ballots. The 80-year-old Harvey worked in nine National League Championship Series, six All-Star Games and five World Series and is just the ninth umpire to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Herzog, 78, won six division titles – three apiece with the Royals and Cardinals – three National League pennants and the 1982 World Series. Herzog, who received 87.5 percent of the vote after being named on 14 of a possible 16 ballots, was named the 1985 NL Manager of the Year by the BBWAA and owns a career record of 1,281-1,125.

Additionally, the Hall of Fame will recognize the longtime play-by-play announcer Jon Miller with the 2010 Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting. Bill Madden, who has worked as the New York Daily News’ national baseball columnist since 1988, will be honored with the 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, presented by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The Induction Ceremony will be shown live on MLB Network, which is available in more than 50 million homes nationwide, and simulcast on SiriusXM and baseballhall.org.

To date, 47 Hall of Famers are set to return for Hall of Fame Weekend to welcome the Class of 2010:

Unless severe weather forces its cancellation, the Ceremony will take place on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue. Just one mile south of the Hall of Fame, the short walk provides a picturesque view of the homes of Cooperstown. Please note that professional interpreters will be provided for the hearing impaired.

The Ceremony is expected to last two-to-three hours. Seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. As the weather in Cooperstown can be quite warm in July, it is recommended that visitors bring a cap and sunscreen. Ball caps, Yearbooks and Museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Induction site. Refreshments are sold at the site and water is provided complimentary to visitors.

Family activities scheduled throughout Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 include the following special events:

Hall of Fame Weekend Events

Friday, July 23
PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith & special guests-Doubleday Field (with Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter) 1 p.m.

Saturday, July 24
Connecting Generations family trivia show-Clark Sports Center (with Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Tommy Lasorda and active N.L. Umpire and Crew Chief Jerry Crawford) 11 a.m.
NY-Penn League Game –Tri-City ValleyCats vs. Connecticut Tigers-Doubleday 1 p.m.
Hall of Fame Parade of Legends, Main Street 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 25
Induction Ceremony-Clark Sports Center 1:30 p.m.

Monday, July 26
Legends Series – Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey, Whitey Herzog-Clark Sports Center 10:30 a.m.

*Please note: Regular Daily Programming will be suspended from July 23-26

PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith - special guests Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter: Ozzie Smith returns in a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s education and public programs with a unique opportunity for fans, featuring fellow Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter. This two-hour event features non-stop interaction at each station with a living legend and includes special mementos. Spaces are limited to 40 participants. The donation is $600 per person, with Hall of Fame Members admitted for $450. To reserve your spot, please call 607-547-0397. 1 p.m., Friday.

NY-PENN League Game: The annual New York-Penn League game featuring the Tri-City Valley Cats and Connecticut Tigers entertains fans at Doubleday Field. This game is FREE and open to the public. Special thanks to Coca-Cola and Key Bank for their financial support. Doubleday Field, 1 p.m., Saturday.

Connecting Generations: The popular Connecting Generations returns for fans of all ages. Families from the audience will be chosen to play in a fun trivia contest with Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Tommy Lasorda and active N.L. Umpire and Crew Chief Jerry Crawford. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Members may reserve tickets immediately, and any remaining tickets will be offered to non-members on July 19 by calling 607-547-0397. Clark Sports Center, 11 a.m., Saturday.

Legends on Parade: Hall of Fame members will participate in the brand new Hall of Fame Parade of Legends on Main Street in Cooperstown. The parade will originate on upper Main Street and conclude at the front steps of the Museum. Fans can watch their favorite Hall of Famers throughout the entire course of the Main Street parade route. The Hall of Fame Parade of Legends is free and open to the public. Main Street, 6 p.m., Saturday.

Legends Event: The Hall of Fame’s newest members, Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog, participate in a Legends Event. This event is for Members only and tickets are currently available by visiting the Membership desk in the Museum or by calling 607-547-0397. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Clark Sports Center, 10:30 a.m., Monday.

Hall of Fame Members are afforded special opportunities throughout the Weekend. As a not-for-profit educational institution, membership support advances the Museum's programs and aids in the preservation of artifacts and archival materials that document the rich history of America's game. Additionally, membership packages are wonderful and unique gifts for friends and family. Members enjoy many privileges, including free admission to the Hall of Fame year-round. To learn more about the program and its many benefits, please visit www.hofclubhouse.com/membership.

Additional Hall of Fame Weekend Privileges

  • Free admission to the Museum throughout the year
  • A special members-only entrance to the Hall of Fame to avoid long lines
  • Exclusive early access to the Museum on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • VIP reserved seating for the Induction for Benefactor and President's Circle Members
  • Access to the Connecting Generations event Saturday and exclusive access to the Legends Series Monday
  • Transportation provided to and from the Museum for special Weekend events

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday: 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. 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.

Parking will be extremely limited in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame Weekend. As is the case throughout the summer, the village will make parking and trolley service available at three trolley lots in Cooperstown. The Cooperstown Trolley will provide transit to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field from three different locations: the Blue Lot on Route 28, south of Cooperstown; the Red Lot on Route 28 (Glen Avenue) at Maple Street; and the Yellow Lot on Route 80 at the upper parking lot of the Fenimore Art Museum. All-day passes are available for $5 per adult and free for children 12 and under. The Trolley will operate throughout Hall of Fame Weekend from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Sunday; 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

If you need help with accommodations during your stay, you should plan to contact the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce at 607-547-9983, or visit the Chamber Web site at www.cooperstownchamber.org. The Chamber of Commerce site provides detailed information about what to see, where to stay, places to eat and where to shop in Cooperstown and nearby towns. For driving directions from major cities, area cities and local airports, visit the directions page at the Hall of Fame’s Web site for more information: 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. seven days a week. 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 six 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.