A Ruthian First: Babe’s Hall of Fame Plaque To Leave Cooperstown for New York City, May 13-14

Bambino’s Plaque to Visit Yankee Stadium, May 13; ‘Metro-North’s Getaway Day Featuring I Love NY’s Path Through History’ at Grand Central Terminal, May 14

May 09, 2014

(COOPERSTOWN, NY)George Herman Ruth was bigger than the game, and remains to this day the very essence of baseball. Next week, his Hall of Fame plaque will take a Ruthian journey to the Big Apple, as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum makes an historic visit to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, May 13 and then to Grand Central Terminal on Wednesday, May 14 in support of Metro-North’s “Getaway Day Staycation Showcase Featuring I Love NY’s Path Through History.” 

The visit will mark the first time Babe Ruth’s Hall of Fame Plaque has traveled outside of Cooperstown. An original electee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, Ruth made his major league debut 100 years ago this season, on July 11, 1914. In honor of his 100th anniversary in the major leagues, the Museum is opening a new gallery in his honor, Babe Ruth: His Life and Legend, on Friday, June 13, one day after the Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary. 

On Tuesday, May 13, the Ruth plaque will be a part of an on-field pre-game ceremony hosted by the New York Yankees in recognition of the Ruth exhibit opening in Cooperstown. The Ruth plaque will then be on display for fans to see in the Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America at Yankee Stadium, from approximately 7:30 p.m. through the end of the 8th inning in the Yankees game versus the New York Mets. 

On Wednesday, May 14, the plaque will be featured in Metro-North’s “Getaway Day Staycation Showcase Featuring Path Through History” in Vanderbilt Hall at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The plaque will be a part of the Museum’s presence to promote New York State’s “Path Through History” Weekend to Cooperstown and the central Leatherstocking Region June 12-14. The Path Through History, launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo, highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State, and the special Path Through History weekends are designed to make it easy to experience the Empire State’s rich heritage and diverse attractions. 

The Ruth plaque will remain on display at the Museum in Cooperstown through Sunday, May 11 and will be back on display in the Hall of Fame Gallery on Thursday, May 15. For more information, please visit www.baseballhall.org/hof/ruth-babe

About Path Through History

Path Through History highlights historically and culturally significant sites and events throughout New York State. The program, introduced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, builds on New York’s already robust heritage tourism attractions. The initiative is currently focused on 13 themes including: Arts & Culture, Natural History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s Rights, Canals & Transportation, Civil Rights, Colonial History, Immigration, Innovation & Commerce, The Revolutionary War, Native American Heritage, Sports History and the War of 1812. Important heritage sites and events across the state were selected with input from leading historians. For more information, visit www.iloveny.com/paththroughhistory. 

For more information on Metro-North Getaways, visit mta.info/mnr