Rain Falls, Smiles Arise as Ozzie Smith Teams Up with Fellow Hall of Famers at PLAY Ball

Paul Molitor, Bruce Sutter help ‘Wizard’ Raise Funds for Museum’s Education Program as Hall of Fame Weekend Officially Gets Under Way

July 23, 2010
Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter particiapted in PLAY Ball on Friday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Doubleday Field hosted a reunion of the 1982 World Series on Friday, and a steady rain in Cooperstown proved no match for the players’ or fans’ spirits at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual PLAY Ball event.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith hosted PLAY Ball with fellow Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter in the annual Induction Weekend event, which was moved from the Doubleday Field playing surface to the grandstand due to the inclement weather. Fans interacted with the players – listening to stories and sharing laughs at the home of baseball during the Players, Legends and You event.

The event raised funds for the diversity scholarships for the Hall of Fame's Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program.

“Being the Hall of Fame’s Education Ambassador, it’s a way for us to give the fans an opportunity to come and get close to some of their heroes,” Smith said. “I try to give people the real experience of what it is to get close to the guys that they’ve admired from a distance.”

Smith and Sutter teamed up on the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals to bring the Redbirds the World Championship. The Cardinals defeated Molitor’s Milwaukee Brewers in a classic seven-game series that fall.

PLAY Ball is just one of several family-friendly events at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Induction Weekend. For a list of all events, visit us online at www.baseballhall.org.

Hall of Fame Weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame features the induction of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog as the Class of 2010 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free. The 2010 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 Radio Home Plate Channel 175 and will be available via a Webcast at www.baseballhall.org.

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.