Ozzie Smith Teams Up with Fellow Hall of Famers to Thrill Fans at PLAY Ball

Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter Will Join the‘Wizard’ For Non-Stop Interaction with Fans on Friday at Doubleday Field

July 20, 2010
PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith will kick off Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 on Friday, July 23. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – It’s a dream team reunion of the 1982 World Series in Cooperstown. But this time, Ozzie Smith is inviting baseball fans – as well as fellow Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter – to get in on the fun.

The Wizard will host PLAY Ball – a fundraiser for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s educational programs – at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend officially gets under way with the event.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back to Cooperstown and to PLAY Ball,” Smith said. “We have a great time on the field, and it’s for a great cause.”

The annual Induction Weekend event features more than two hours of non-stop interaction between the Hall of Famers and participants, with tales of the big leagues and on-field instruction all part of the afternoon. Smith and Sutter were part of the 1982 World Champion Cardinals team that defeated Molitor’s Brewers in a classic seven-game World Series.

Participants in PLAY Ball each receive on-field round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers along with special mementos to commemorate their experience. The event is part of the July 23-26 Hall of Fame Weekend activities that will be highlighted by Sunday’s 1:30 p.m. Induction Ceremony when Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog will be enshrined as the Class of 2010.

A limited number of spaces for PLAY Ball remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $450 for Members, $600 for non-Members. To reserve a spot, call 607-547-0397 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on Membership, please visit www.hofclubhouse.com/membership .

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 23: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 24: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 26: 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 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. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Museum observes off-season hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 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.