Make the Connection of a Lifetime: Bring Dad to the Hall of Fame for Father’s Day

Museum Has Been Connecting Generations for 74 Years

June 13, 2013
(Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The connection happens on a daily basis, sometimes among the most famous families in baseball history and sometimes among the millions of fans who love the game.

But the reaction is always the same: When Dad comes to the Hall of Fame, the memories come flooding back.

“You could spend days here looking at all the history,” said former big league catcher Bob Boone, who visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum over Memorial Day Weekend with his son, Bret – another former big leaguer – his two grandsons. “One thing after another – you just say ‘Wow.’”

The connection between fathers and sons has been thriving for years among Hall of Fame electees  – and in the Museum itself.

Hall of Fame executives Larry MacPhail (elected in 1978) and Lee MacPhail (elected in 1998) represent the first – and to date only – father/son combination enshrined in Cooperstown. Then there is the story of the “Hall of Fame Dad,” which received national attention in 1994. Pat O’Donnell of Andover, N.Y., had dropped a photo of his father, Joe, behind a Museum exhibit case so that his beloved dad would be “in” the Hall of Fame. The photo was discovered years later during a Museum renovation and became the basis for a Sports Illustrated story.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 16, welcoming families and celebrating the singular story of the National Pastime. Daily events on Sunday as part of the KeyBank Summer Programming Series include:

Mining for Talent Interactive Station

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
nd Floor

Drop by our station on the second floor of the Museum and test your ability to sift through data and identify baseball talent. Hall of Fame staff will present you with several scouting reports from the new Diamond Mines exhibit of some of baseball’s all-time greats, with one catch: all details identifying each future star will be removed. The challenge: Choose future stars to build your team around.

So You Think You Know Baseball?

2:30 p.m.
Bullpen Theater

How well do you know your baseball history? Test your knowledge in the Hall of Fame’s very own interactive trivia show, So You Think You Know Baseball? Fun for the whole family.

All programs on Sunday are included with Museum admission. For more information on programs at the Museum, please visit

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 through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. 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 or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.