Saturday’s Awards Presentation Brings Hall of Famers to Doubleday Field for Celebration of Storytellers, Salute to Pioneers

Performances of “Who’s On First?” and “Casey at the Bat” Serve as Warm-up for Event Honoring Frick and Spink Award Winners, Thomas Tull and Dr. Frank Jobe; Admission to Saturday’s Event is Free

July 19, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – On the eve of baseball’s biggest celebration, Cooperstown will pay homage to some of the game’s greatest storytellers and pioneers at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 27 at Doubleday Field. 

Forty Hall of Famers will return to the July 26-28 Induction Weekend in Cooperstown as Hank O’DayJacob Ruppert and Deacon White are enshrined as the Class of 2013 at the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the day before the July 28 Induction Ceremony, award winners Paul Hagen and Tom Cheek will be honored for their outstanding careers at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field. The Awards Presentation, which is free and open to the public, will also feature a salute to Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull, whose company produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42”, as well as a tribute to Dr. Frank Jobe, who pioneered the surgical procedure now known as “Tommy John Surgery.” Tommy John, who underwent the first such procedure in 1974, will be on hand to honor Jobe. 

The Saturday, July 27 events at historic Doubleday Field will begin as the Museum honors the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s Who’s On First? and the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem Casey at the Bat at a special 3:30 p.m. pre-show program. A live performance of Who’s On First? by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara, noted for their portrayal of the classic comedy duo, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, will be staged for all fans in attendance. Joining Palmer and Sciara will be the Hall of Fame’s Director of Research Tim Wiles, who will portray The Mighty Casey in Casey At The Bat. Gates will open for the performances at 3 p.m., and it event is free and open to the public. 

The 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 Paul Hagen of MLB.com. Longtime Blue Jays voice Tom Cheek will be honored posthumously with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence, with Cheek’s widow Shirley accepting the award. Also as part of the Awards Presentation, the Museum will salute Thomas Tull and Dr. Frank Jobe. The returning Hall of Famers will watch the Awards Presentation from seats on the Doubleday Field stage. 

MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger will emcee the Awards Presentation, which is free and open to the public. Seating will be first-come, first-served and the seating area will not be cleared between the Who’s On First?/Casey at the Bat performances and the Awards Presentation. 

MLB Network will televise the Awards Presentation at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28 prior to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 

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 annual Awards Presentation event is just part of an action-packed Hall of Fame Weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame – highlighted by the inductions of Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White as the Class of 2013 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free.  A complete list of Hall of Fame Weekend activities is available at www.baseballhall.org. 

The 2013 Induction Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network. Amsinger and 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Peter Gammons will host MLB Network’s live telecast of the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on July 28. 

The Induction Ceremony will be broadcast nationally on Sirius XM Radio Sirius 209 and XM 89 and will be available via a webcast at www.baseballhall.org. 

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 26: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 27: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 28: 8 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. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission. 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.