New Saturday Lineup at Hall of Fame Weekend Features Hall of Famer Interaction, Celebration of Award Winners at Doubleday Field
New Spotlight Series and Awards Presentation Brings Fans Face-to-Face with History at Free Events at The Home of Baseball on July 23
COOPERSTOWN, NY – The majesty of baseball's annual Cooperstown celebration is far too big to be packed into one afternoon.
So this year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum unveils a Saturday schedule designed to honor the 2011 Hall of Fame award winners as well as thrill fans of all ages at Induction Weekend.
Fifty-three Hall of Famers will return to the July 22-25 Induction Weekend in Cooperstown as Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick are enshrined as the Class of 2011 at the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the day before the July 24 Induction Ceremony, award winners Bill Conlin, Roland Hemond and Dave Van Horne will experience the crowning achievement of their professional careers at the inaugural Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony at Doubleday Field.
The Saturday, July 23 events at historic Doubleday Field will begin with the new Hall of Fame Spotlight Series, which will feature Hall of Famers participating in interactive discussions on topics such as Scribes and Mikemen, Talent Evaluation, The Art of Pitching and The Batter's Eye. Hall of Famers scheduled to participate include Tommy Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Gaylord Perry, Tom Seaver, Don Sutton and Earl Weaver. The Hall of Fame Spotlight Series, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.
The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will follow at 4:30 p.m. The one-hour program will feature the presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News; the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to veteran baseball executive Roland Hemond; and the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence to longtime Expos and Marlins announcer Dave Van Horne. Also as part of the Awards Presentation, singer/songwriter Terry Cashman will perform his classic hit "Talkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey and The Duke)" in recognition of the 30-year anniversary of this legendary tune. The Awards Presentation is free and open to the public.
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 can watch their favorite Hall of Famers throughout the entire course of the Main Street parade route, including at Pioneer Park in the heart of Cooperstown, as the stars ride through the village on vehicles provided by Ford Motor Company. The Hall of Fame Parade of Legends is free and open to the public.
The new Spotlight Series, 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 Alomar, Blyleven and 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.