Laughing All the Way to Doubleday: Live Performances of Who’s On First? and Casey at the Bat Precede July 27th Awards Presentation

Comedy team of Gil ‘Bud’ Palmer and Lou Sciara Bring to Life Classic Abbott & Costello Routine as Part of Family-Friendly Programming for July 26-28 Hall of Fame Weekend

July 02, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The National Pastime comes alive every day in Cooperstown. But when baseball’s most beloved acts are performed live at the home of baseball, the fans’ smiles turn to laughter – and Hall of Fame Weekend gets a brand new twist. 

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First? and the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem Casey at the Bat during the July 26-28 Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown. On Saturday, July 27, the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation stage will feature a salute to the two timeless pieces at a special 3:30 p.m. pre-show program. 

A live performance of Who’s On First? by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara, noted for their portrayal of the classic comedy duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, will be staged for all fans in attendance. Joining Palmer and Sciara will be the Hall of Fame’s Director of Research Tim Wiles, who will portray The Mighty Casey and Casey At The Bat. 

Admission to the special performances is free and gates open at 3 p.m. The event directly precedes the 4:30 p.m. Awards Presentation at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. 

The Awards Presentation will feature the more than 40 returning Hall of Famers on stage as the Museum honors the 2013 Award Winners. Longtime Philadelphia baseball scribe and current MLB.com writer Paul Hagen will receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, and legendary Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek will be posthumously honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting. 

The Awards Presentation will also feature a salute to Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull, whose studio produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” as well as the honoring of Dr. Frank Jobe and Tommy John, who teamed up to pioneer the surgical procedure now known as Tommy John Surgery. 

Immediately following the Awards Presentation, the fourth annual Hall of Fame Parade of Legends will begin at 6 p.m. along Main Street. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate on Chestnut Street and conclude at the front steps of the Museum on Main Street. Hall of Famers will ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company en route to a private reception at the Museum. 

Palmer and Sciara will also perform Who’s On First? multiple times between 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater. 

The Museum will offer additional family-friendly programming during Hall of Fame Weekend, including: 

3-D Baseball Art Workshop, July 26 – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learning Center, 1st Floor

Visitors to the Museum on Friday, July 26 will have the unique opportunity to help create baseball art inspired by the works of 3-Dimensional artist Charles Fazzino. For more than 30 years, Charles Fazzino's name has been synonymous with bright, whimsical, and wonderfully detailed, 3D pop art. His work is exhibited in hundreds of 3D art galleries all over the world. Join artist Diane Stensland for this fun and interactive workshop. 

Author’s Series: Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame, July 26 – 1 p.m.

Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor

Join us for a special panel discussion with Hall of Fame staff who contributed to the Museum’s new book, Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame. Librarian Jim Gates, photographer Milo Stewart Jr., senior director of exhibitions and collections Erik Strohl and director of research Tim Wiles will take part in the round-table event. A book signing will be held following the program. The book, published by Simon and Schuster, allows readers to go behind the scenes to see seldom or never-displayed items from the Museum’s collection. Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame also features some of the most important and popular artifacts on exhibit in Cooperstown – all gorgeously photographed in color. Informational captions were written by Hall of Fame experts and explain each artifact’s significance and relate unique stories associated with it. 

All Museum programs during Hall of Fame Weekend are included with Museum admission. 

For information on Hall of Fame Weekend 2013, please visit www.baseballhall.org or call 607-547-7200. 

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