HOF Weekend 2011

For more than 70 years, time – and the baseball world – has stopped each summer in Cooperstown to honor the game's legendary performers.

This summer, baseball's best weekend gets even better as the Hall of Fame introduces more family-friendly programming for Hall of Fame Weekend.

Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 will be held July 22-25 in Cooperstown and will feature the induction of Class of 2011 members Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick. The Induction Ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET July 24.

The 2011 Induction Weekend will feature the debut of a new Saturday afternoon event that will honor the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum annual award winners in a free event at historic Doubleday Field. The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will salute the 2011 winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence, Dave Van Horne; the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner Roland Hemond; and the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner for meritorious contributions to baseball journalism, Bill Conlin, with the presentation of the awards and speeches from the award recipients at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

The free programs at Doubleday Field will feature Hall of Fame members in interactive sessions and discussions throughout the morning and early afternoon, as a prelude to the Saturday afternoon Awards Presentation.

Roberto Alomar (left) and Bert Blyleven will be inducted as part of the Class of 2011. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)"Saturday of Hall of Fame Weekend now provides even more reasons to celebrate the heroes of Cooperstown, while keeping visitors entertained along Main Street," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "In our continual evaluation of Hall of Fame Weekend and in searching for new ways to further engage visitors, we believe the creation of the Awards Presentation and the Saturday interactive programs at Doubleday Field will strengthen Hall of Fame Weekend and encourage more meaningful participation for both our Hall of Fame members and those who make the pilgrimage to Cooperstown for the annual induction."

The Awards Presentation will lead into the Saturday evening Parade of Legends, allowing time for fans to depart Doubleday Field and line Main Street while Hall of Fame members are staged for the parade. The parade will commence at 6 p.m. at Main and Chestnut Streets and will conclude at the main entrance to the Museum.

The Class of 2011 features Baseball Writers' Association of America electees Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven along with Expansion Era Committee electee Pat Gillick. The three newest inductees bring the Hall of Fame roster to 295, including 205 former big league players. About 1.17 percent of the more than 17,000 men who have played big league baseball have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

Pat Gillick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Three award winners also will be honored during Induction Weekend – each at the July 23 Awards Presentation. Bill Conlin, longtime baseball writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, will be presented with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing; longtime executive Roland Hemond will be presented with the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award; and Dave Van Horne, who has broadcast Expos and Marlins games for the last 42 seasons, will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting.

Hall of Fame Weekend begins on Friday, July 22, with the fan-favorite PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith from 9 a.m. to noon at Doubleday Field. The "Wizard" and his special guests will provide three hours of non-stop participation in the Players, Legends and You event that benefits the Museum's educational programs.

Following Saturday's full slate of events, Sunday's Induction Ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center. Afterward, come watch as the new plaques are installed in the Museum at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Then on Monday, July 25, join new Hall of Famers Alomar, Blyleven and Gillick at 10:30 a.m. at the induction site for a Voices of the Game presentation, during which each inductee will reflect on his Hall of Fame journey.

Additional activities for Hall of Fame Weekend include special Museum hours and commemorative Hall of Fame Weekend merchandise available at the Museum Store.

More information about all the events during Hall of Fame Weekend, including Membership benefits such as priority seating for the Induction Ceremony, is available at baseballhall.org. 

Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 Events

*Subject to Change

Friday, July 22
Museum open 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith

11 a.m.
My Roger Maris Story
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the great homerun race of 1961, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome Andy Strasberg as he shares the incredible story of his relationship with Yankees' legend Roger Maris. This is not just a baseball tale, but a true human interest story. Strasberg has traveled the country to tell this story of friendship that has been fifty years in the making, has touched many fans, and has been documented in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul.

2 p.m.
Authors Series – A Talk in the Park: Nine Decades of Tales from the Broadcast Booth
Columnist, University of Rochester lecturer, and former Presidential Speechwriter Curt Smith visits the National Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss his brand new book, A Talk in the Park: Nine Decades of Tales from the Broadcast Booth. This program is part of our Authors Series, which features authors of the most recent baseball scholarship throughout the summer. During each program authors discuss their work and answer audience questions. After the program concludes authors will sign their books outside of the museum's bookstore.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Interactive Workshop with 3-D Artist Charles Fazzino
Visitors to the museum on Friday, July 22nd will have the unique opportunity to help create a baseball inspired piece of art with 3-Dimensional artist Charles Fazzino. For more than thirty years, Charles Fazzino's name has been synonymous with bright, whimsical, and wonderfully detailed, 3D pop art. His work is exhibited in hundreds of 3D art galleries all over the world, and his Boston Red Sox inspired piece – The Curse is Dead – is currently on-view in the Hall of Fame's Art of Baseball exhibit. 

Saturday, July 23
Museum open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Open at 7 a.m. for Members

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hall of Fame Member Interactive Events
Doubleday Field

4:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame Awards Presentation
Doubleday Field

6 p.m.
Hall of Fame Parade of Legends
Main Street, concluding in front of Museum

Sunday, July 24
Museum Open 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Open at 7 a.m. for Members

1:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Clark Sports Center

6:30 p.m.
Installation of Hall of Fame Plaques
Hall of Fame Gallery

Monday, July 25
Museum open 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Open at 8 a.m. for Members

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Voices of the Game Hall of Fame Inductee Memories
Clark Sports Center

For more information on Hall of Fame Weekend, call 607-547-0397.