Museum’s One for the Books Exhibit, Opening May 28, Brings Historic Moments to Life

Three Hall of Famers Scheduled to Appear at Voices of the Game Event Celebrating Baseball Records and Stories; Tickets Available Now

May 16, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The record – 2,131 consecutive games played – belonged to Cal Ripken Jr. on that September evening in Baltimore. But the moment belonged to baseball.

The celebration continues to this day.

It is moments and records like these that the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor with the new exhibit One for the Books: Baseball Records and the Stories Behind Them, opening May 28 in Cooperstown. Fittingly, Ripken – along with fellow Hall of Famers and record-setters Joe Morgan and Phil Niekro – will participate in a special program focusing on their historic careers and the records they achieved on Saturday, May 28 at 1 p.m. at nearby Sterling Auditorium, located at Cooperstown Central School.

Morgan, Niekro and Ripken are to be featured in the one-hour moderated program focused on baseball's most memorable milestones.

A ticket is required for this event and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Museum members have an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets by calling the Hall of Fame's Membership department at 607-547-0397, now while supplies last, until May 22. Should any tickets remain on Monday, May 23, those will be made available to the general public at that time.

More than 200 artifacts will be on display in One for the Books – including artifacts from Ripken, whose batting helmet from his 2,131st consecutive game on Sept. 6, 1995 will be on display. On that night at Camden Yards, the sellout crowd – and millions more watching on national television – celebrated the timeless values of hard work and perseverance as Ripken thanked the fans during a 22-minute lap around the stadium following the moment when the game became official.

The outpouring of emotion reflected Ripken's legendary determination as well as the iconic status of Lou Gehrig, whose record Ripken broke but whose legend remains firmly in place for baseball fans.

One for the Books will examine records in batting, home runs, pitching, base running, fielding, team records, and a seventh category that will hold records like tallest, shortest, oldest, youngest, most seasons played and records held by umpires.

Other events marking the opening of One for the Books are scheduled for Saturday, May 28, including artifact spotlights and author series events celebrating baseball records. The exhibit will officially open for Museum visitors at 12 noon on Saturday, May 28. On that day, the Museum will begin its summer hours, staying open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily throughout the summer.

An active Hall of Fame membership is required to purchase tickets for this special Voices of the Game event. Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive free admission to the Museum, as well as access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the annual Hall of Fame yearbook and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a member, please visit baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

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 baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.