Top 10 Reasons to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Cooperstown with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Debut of Museum’s Summer Hours Begins Saturday as Hall of Fame Remains Open Until 9 p.m. Daily Through Labor Day Weekend

May 22, 2012
(Milo Stewart, Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – As the nation remembers those who have served our country this weekend, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum offers the top 10 reasons to visit the home of baseball and America’s Most Perfect Village, Cooperstown, N.Y.

There’s still time to plan the perfect GetAway to Cooperstown this weekend at www.baseballhall.org and www.cooperstowngetaway.org.

10. Celebrate the 116th anniversary of Hall of Fame executive Warren Giles’ birth, who was born on May 28, in 1896. Giles, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979, spent 51 years in baseball, including 18 years as National League President.

9. Relive baseball of the 1920s and 1930s through the lens of amateur photographer Forrest S. Yantis, in “Pastime Portraits.” The Hall of Fame just opened this compelling photography exhibit on May 19, which features nearly 50 images taken by this part-time photographer, ranging from Hall of Famers to personal favorites of Yantis. See the passion in the eyes of America’s early baseball stars through this unique exhibition.

8. Active and retired career military are admitted free to the Museum every day of the year. Those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion or AMVets organizations are admitted for $12 every day, a savings of $7.50 off regular admission.

7. Celebrate 100 years of Fenway Park with the Hall of Fame’s “FENtennial” exhibit, featuring nearly four dozen artifacts from the illustrious history of Boston’s beloved ballpark. Among the items: On display for the first time, the bat used by Carlton Fisk to hit his memorable 1975 World Series Game 6 home run.

6. Visit the Museum daily until 9 p.m. starting Saturday, May 26, through Labor Day Weekend. The Museum will be open later each night during the summer season, from its normal hours of operation of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

5. Be among the first to see the bat Josh Hamilton used to hit 4 home runs in a single game on May 8. Hamilton, who hit eight home runs in a six-game stretch, donated the bat to the Hall of Fame last week. It is scheduled to make its public debut on Friday in the Today’s Game exhibit.

4. See the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team in action on Sunday, May 27 at historic Doubleday Field. The Softball team will take on members of the Cooperstown Police and Fire Departments. Pre-Game activities start at 12 noon, first pitch at 1 p.m.

3. Enjoy the pastoral beauty of America’s Most Perfect Village, Cooperstown, New York, residing at the base of the serene Otsego Lake, a 9-mile treasure inspiring endless daydreams and carefree recreation. Cooperstown offers a getaway for everyone, including a visit to two other world-class museums, the Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum.

2. Cooperstown’s Memorial Day Parade steps off from the VFW on Main Street, across from the Hall of Fame, at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Salute America’s Heroes before entering the Hall of Fame for a look at the heroes of the diamond.

1. View the medallions of Hall of Fame members who served America during times of war at the base of their Hall of Fame plaques. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Hall of Fame’s dedication of medallions to those who served during wartime.

For more information, please visit 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. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 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.