Watch the Stars on Main Street at Hall of Fame Parade of Legends July 21 in Cooperstown

Parade Starts at 6 p.m. and Features More than 40 Returning Hall of Famers

July 13, 2012
2011 Parade of Legends saw Roberto Alomar waving flags from Puerto Rice and hometown of Salinas during Hall of Fame Weekend. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Hall of Fame Weekend annually features the greatest gathering of Hall of Famers in the baseball world. And for one marvelous hour on July 21, those Hall of Fame legends will grace the pavement on Main Street in Cooperstown during the Parade of Legends

The newest fan favorite during Hall of Fame Weekend, the Parade of Legends, returns to Main Street in Cooperstown at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The parade will originate on Chestnut Street, then proceed down Main Street before concluding at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Fans are encouraged to gather near Pioneer Park at Main and Pioneer streets for optimal viewing opportunities. Live announcements introducing all of the Hall of Fame members and participants will be featured. 

Fans will have a front-row seat to catch a glimpse of the returning Hall of Famers as they parade along the route. More than 40 returning Hall of Famers – including Class of 2012 member Barry Larkin– will ride down the parade route in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company. 

At Pioneer Park, event emcees will entertain the crowd with contests and activities. 

Immediately prior to the July 21 Parade of Legends, the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The Awards Presentation runs from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 21 and features 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. 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 – will also be a part of the Awards Presentation. Admission to the Awards Presentation is free. The Awards Presentation will be shown on MLB Network at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, as a lead-in to the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 

Activities on Saturday, July 21 begin at Doubleday Field at 3 p.m. ET with a one-hour family friendly game show entitled “Pitch Count”, featuring Hall of Fame members Bert Blyleven and Phil Niekro as they compete with fans for the chance to win a Lifetime Membership to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. MLB Network’s Brian Kenny will host this free program that provides early seating opportunities for the Awards Presentation.  

The Parade of Legends is just part of the July 20-23 Induction Weekend in Cooperstown as Barry Larkin and the late Ron Santo are enshrined as the Class of 2012 at the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. on July 22 on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center, one mile south of the Hall of Fame on Susquehanna Avenue. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free. 

The Ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network, broadcast nationally on Sirius XM on 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 23: 9 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 Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. on Monday. 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.