New Saturday Awards Presentation Features Celebration of Bill Conlin, Roland Hemond and Dave Van Horne at Doubleday Field
July 23rd Program, Free and Open to the Public, Honors 2011 Award Winners
COOPERSTOWN, NY – Since the snow-covered days of winter, they have waited for their moment in the sun.
Bill Conlin, Roland Hemond and Dave Van Horne have each been honored with awards symbolizing their professional excellence. And on Saturday, July 23 in Cooperstown, their legacies will be celebrated at the inaugural Hall of Fame Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field.
The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on July 23 at Doubleday Field and will feature the presentation of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting to Van Horne, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing to Conlin and the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to Hemond, as well as the performance of singer/songwriter Terry Cashman on the 30th anniversary of his baseball classic, Talkin' Baseball.
The Awards Presentation is free and open to the public and will feature the appearance of more than four dozen returning Hall of Famers on the Doubleday Field stage, along with acceptance speeches by the award winners as well as video tributes to the honorees.
Immediately following the Awards Presentation, Hall of Fame members will participate in Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. The parade will originate on Chestnut Street in Cooperstown and conclude at the front steps of the Museum on Main Street. Fans are encouraged to secure the best locations for parade viewing by moving from Doubleday Field to Main Street immediately following the Awards Presentation.
The Awards Presentation and Parade of Legends are just part of an action-packed Hall of Fame Weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame – highlighted by the inductions of Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick as the Class of 2011 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free.
The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, unless severe weather forces the event to be canceled. Seating is unlimited. The Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network, broadcast nationally on Sirius XM MLB Network Radio Channel 209 (Sirius) and 89 (XM) and will be available via a Webcast at www.baseballhall.org.
The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 22: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 25: 9 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 and 8 a.m. on Monday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. A special Members' only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. 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.