John Fogerty’s Guitar ‘Slugger’ Debuts on Exhibit at Hall of Fame

Legendary Rock and Roll Star Thrilled Cooperstown Crowd with Live Rendition of His Classic Baseball Anthem ‘Centerfield’

July 25, 2010
John Fogerty (right) stands with Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson next to the exhibit featuring Fogerty's baseball guitar. (Milo Stewart Jr.)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. –The song has become a baseball anthem. The artist is a legendary performer. Now, the guitar that has given life to John Fogerty’s classic song “Centerfield” has landed in Cooperstown, New York, and is now on exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Following Sunday’s Induction Ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fogerty’s bat-shaped guitar “Slugger” was put on exhibit for a limited run at the Hall of Fame through an artifact loan from Fogerty. The event capped a weekend where Fogerty performed “Centerfield” live at the start of Sunday’s Induction Ceremony at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, enriching the decades-old Hall of Fame tradition of the playing “Centerfield” at the beginning of the Induction Ceremony. “Slugger” is joined in the exhibit case by three versions of original lyrics to the song written by Fogerty, a CD and a record of the original release.

In tribute to his love of baseball and in response to the popularity of “Centerfield” – Fogerty’s 1985 comeback album that featured the nostalgic title track of the same name – Fogerty commissioned guitar craftsman Philip Kubicki to create a custom guitar he called “Slugger.” Since then, Fogerty has regularly used the special guitar when playing “Centerfield” – and did so again at Sunday’s Induction Ceremony. Fogerty wrote all the songs and played every instrument on “Centerfield,” which has sold more than two million copies. Though damaged by the Nashville floods this spring, “Slugger” was renovated in time to be used by John for Sunday’s performance before going on display in the Museum.

The celebration of “Centerfield” was just part of an action-packed Hall of Fame Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame – highlighted by the inductions of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog as the Class of 2010 on Sunday.

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.