Join the Wizard and fellow Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry in Cooperstown to PLAY Ball

Ozzie Smith and His Hall of Fame Teammates Share the Field with Fans at the Museum’s Annual Education Fundraiser on Friday

July 24, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – It’s a dream that could only come true in Cooperstown: The chance to stand on the diamond with Hall of Famers and talk baseball. 

The Wizard will once again make it happen during Hall of Fame Weekend. 

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, 2002 Hall of Fame inductee and the Education Ambassador for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will host PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith on Friday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Cooperstown. Ozzie will welcome fellow Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry as his guests during a fun-filled morning that gives fans a unique chance to experience on-field moments and stories with Hall of Famers. 

PLAY Ball is a Museum fundraiser that supports the Hall of Fame’s educational programs and internship scholarships. Participants in PLAY Ball each receive on-field round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers along with special mementos to commemorate their experience. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Friday with an exclusive morning reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery with Ozzie and his Hall of Fame friends. Following photos, stories and interaction with their Hall of Fame guides, PLAY Ball participants will hit the field at a Cooperstown-area diamond, where they will receive two hours of instruction along with non-stop interaction from some of the greatest players the game has known. 

Since hosting the event annually beginning in 2002, Ozzie Smith has helped raise more than $115,000 for the Museum’s educational outreach programs and the Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarships, presented annually to members of the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. Smith, a 13-time Gold Glove Award winner, will lead the PLAY Ball event for the 12th consecutive year. 

Marichal earned election to the Hall of Fame in 1983 following a 16-year career where he won 243 games and earned nine All-Star Game selections. Perry won two Cy Young Awards and 314 games en route to his Hall of Fame election in 1991. Marichal and Perry were teammates on the San Francisco Giants from 1962-71. 

PLAY Ball is part of the July 26-28 Hall of Fame Weekend activities that will be highlighted by the July 28 Induction Ceremony when Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White will be enshrined as the Class of 2013. 

A limited number of spaces for PLAY Ball remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $450 for Members, $600 for non-Members, and a limited number of spots are available now by calling 607-547-0397. For more information on Membership, please visit www.baseballhall.org. 

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 26: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 27: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 28: 8 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 Saturday and Sunday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. Interested parties may enroll in the Membership Program in advance or at the Museum. 

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 summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 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.