National Baseball Hall of Fame to Honor John Fogerty’s ‘Centerfield’

First Musician to be Honored at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony; Fogerty Performance to Lead Off July 25 Event

May 25, 2010
John Fogerty will perform his hit 'Centerfield' at the 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. (New York Yankees)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician John Fogerty and his anthemic classic, “Centerfield,” during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown on July 25. This marks the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Long an Induction Day tradition in Cooperstown, the playing of the song “Centerfield” has signaled the start of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction Ceremony for more than a decade, as Hall of Fame members take to the stage. On Sunday, July 25, Fogerty will perform the song on the Induction stage in Cooperstown, just before the class of 2010 is formally inducted, with an expected 50 Hall of Famers a part of the celebration.

“For decades, fans at our annual Induction Ceremony have sung along with ’Centerfield‘ as Hall of Famers take to the stage in a pastoral setting over the central New York landscape,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Because of the lasting contributions to baseball and Americana made by John Fogerty, we are thrilled to pay homage to him and the song, as we celebrate the silver anniversary with his live performance in Cooperstown. The song captures the spirit and energy of those of us who have dreamed of being a baseball star and playing center field, like Robin Yount, Duke Snider or Willie Mays.”

Fogerty tapped into the hopes and dreams of every boy who every played baseball and of every man and woman who ever yearned to become better in life with the song, which is about childhood, family and growing up, while becoming the unofficial anthem of the National Pastime.

“Centerfield,” which celebrates its 25th Anniversary (1985) this summer, has become part of the fabric of the American Songbook. Appropriately, the title track has also become the unofficial anthem of our national pastime. In conjunction with the anniversary, Centerfield - 25th Anniversary Edition (Geffen/UMe), will be released on June 29, and features the original album, digitally remastered, plus a pair of rare B-side bonus tracks. Fogerty, a Grammy-winner boasts numerous BMI Pop and Country Awards and was recently honored as a BMI Icon at its 58th annual Pop Awards. In 1993, Fogerty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Over the past 25 years ’Centerfield’ has come to mean so much to so many –- more then I could’ve ever imagined,” said John Fogerty. “I’ve been told by fans all over the world that it’s always a major part of their baseball memories from hearing it at their little league games to major stadiums. To have written a song like ‘Centerfield’ that appeals to all generations and can be shared by everyone, I’m happy that baseball fans have embraced it as their anthem for a sport that I’ve always loved and is part of the fabric of our country. I’m overwhelmed and truly humbled to be a part of the hallowed halls of the Baseball Hall of Fame and to have been asked to share the same stage at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with some of the greatest players to have ever lived.”

The 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 25 at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be aired live on MLB Network. The 2010 Hall of Fame class features outfielder Andre Dawson, manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey. The Hall of Fame will also recognize Jon Miller with the Ford C. Frick Award, given for excellence in baseball broadcasting, and Bill Madden with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. The ceremony is free and lasts approximately two and a half hours, with speeches from the inductees and award winners.

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The Museum's collections contain more than 37,000 three-dimensional artifacts representing all facets of the game, from its inception in the mid-19th century to present. Three-dimensional artifacts include bats, baseballs, uniforms, player equipment, ballpark artifacts, awards, artwork, textiles, tickets, collectibles and assorted memorabilia. In addition, the Institution’s archives contain in excess of 135,000 Baseball cards and three million Library items, including photographs, books, magazines, newspaper clippings, films, video and audio tapes.

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