Saturday’s Awards Presentation Brings Hall of Famers to Doubleday Field for Fan Interaction, Celebration of Excellence

New Game Show ‘Pitch Count’ Serves as Warm-up for Event Honoring Frick, Spink Award Winners; Admission to Saturday’s Event is Free

July 18, 2012

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

Forty-four Hall of Famers will return to the July 20-23 Induction Weekend in Cooperstown as Barry Larkin and Ron Santo are enshrined as the Class of 2012 at the Baseball Hall of Fame. But the day before the July 22 Induction Ceremony, award winners Bob Elliott and Tim McCarver will experience the crowning achievement of their professional 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 celebration of the three living managers who have guided the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series titles: Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzog and Tony La Russa.

The Saturday, July 21 events at historic Doubleday Field will begin with the new Hall of Fame game show Pitch Count,  which will feature Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro and is modeled after popular past game shows, in which each Hall of Famer will be paired with a contestant to provide the mystery word answer to a baseball-themed category. The game features eight innings of head-to-head competition, with the winning team having a chance to play for a grand prize, a Lifetime Membership to the Hall of Fame for one lucky fan. Pitch Count will begin at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Doubleday Field and 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 Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun; and the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence to longtime Fox Sports analyst Tim McCarver. Also as part of the Awards Presentation, Hall of Famers Red Schoendienst and Whitey Herzog will join with Tony La Russa in a celebration of the three living managers who have piloted the Cardinals to the World Series title. The returning Hall of Famers will watch the Awards Presentation from seats on the Doubleday Field stage.

Public seating will begin for the Awards Presentation at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, and will be first-come, first-served. The seating area will not be cleared between Pitch Count and the Awards Presentation.

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will air on MLB Network on Sunday, July 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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 Barry Larkin and Ron Santo as the Class of 2012 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 22. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free.  A complete list of Hall of Fame Weekend activities is available at www.baseballhall.org.

The 2012 Induction Ceremony will feature more than 40 Hall of Fame members in attendance, and will feature the speeches of Barry Larkin and Vicki Santo – on behalf of her husband Ron Santo – on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network, 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 20: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 21: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 22: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 23: 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 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.