Record-Setting 2010 Season Brings New Treasures to Hall of Fame

Museum Visitors Will Experience Instant History with Artifacts in ‘Today’s Game’ Exhibit

July 22, 2010
Boston's Marco Scutaro hit this ball for the first regular-season hit at Target Field on April 12. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Thousands of baseball fans are heading to Cooperstown to celebrate this weekend’s historic Class of 2010 Induction Ceremony.

But while they’re at the home of baseball, visitors will also experience the thrill of seeing the most recent history recorded on the diamond.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has already collected dozens of treasures from the history-making 2010 Major League Baseball season, and many of those artifacts will be on display this weekend as the baseball world pauses to honor the induction of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog into the Hall of Fame.

Recently added artifacts to the Museum’s Today’s Game exhibit, which celebrates the game’s newest heroes and freshest moments, include:

  • Stephen Strasburg’s Nationals game-worn cap and the first ball he used to record an out during his June 8 14-strikeout debut against the Pirates
  • Roy Halladay’s game-worn cap and a game ball from his May 29 perfect game for the Phillies
  • Eri Yoshida’s jersey and bat from her May 29 debut with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League, a game in which she recorded the first RBI by a woman in a men’s pro game in more than half a century
  • Armando Galarraga’s shoes and the first-base bag used in his June 2 game for the Tigers against the Indians at Detroit’s Comerica Park when Galarraga fell one out short of a perfect game

Other items on display at the Hall of Fame from the amazing 2010 season include:

  • The ball hit by Boston’s Marco Scutaro for the first regular-season hit at Target Field on April 12
  • A game-worn cap and game ball from the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez, used during his April 17 no-hitter
  • Spikes worn by the A’s Dallas Braden during his May 9 perfect game

A visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a must for baseball fans during Hall of Fame Weekend. The Weekend is highlighted by the inductions 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.

Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive free admission to the Museum, as well as access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game Series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the 2010 Hall of Fame yearbook and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a member, please visit www.baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

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.