Black Baseball Initiative brings youth groups to Cooperstown
As the Hall of Fame and Museum continues preparations for its new Black baseball exhibit, The Souls of the Game: Voices of Black Baseball, scheduled to open in the spring of 2024, the Museum has already begun to deliver programs that are part of the Museum’s ongoing Black Baseball Initiative.
The youth participants then engaged in one of the Hall of Fame’s educational units, known as Communication Arts: “Going, Going, Gone,” which teaches students about communications arts. Taught in the Hall of Fame Library’s Bullpen Theater, the unit gives students a chance to recreate the radio broadcast of Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run from April 8, 1974. As part of the interactive program, the YEOP students read from a prepared script, while creating special sound effects and mimicking crowd noise and other ballpark sounds, as they relived one of the game’s most treasured milestone moments.
To conclude the visit to Cooperstown, the group entered the Hall’s Grandstand Theater, where they watched the short film, “Generations of the Game.” The film features commentary from more than 20 Hall of Famers, along with several current day major league stars, each discussing the importance of the game on a personal level. The film also highlights some of the most memorable moments in baseball history while touching upon the game’s significance within popular culture.
“From the bus trip through the farmland of Central New York, to recreating the call for Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run during our visit, to the goodie bag the kids got to take home, it was an amazing day for these kids,” said Triche after the visit. “We look forward to bringing another group of kids in August!”
The educational visit by the YEOP group is the first of many Cooperstown field trips that are part of the Hall of Fame’s Black Baseball Initiative that includes additional outreach programs, educational materials, virtual programming and a new exhibit opening in Spring of 2024. The Initiative is made possible by the Yawkey Foundation with additional support from Bill Janetschek in honor of his siblings Robert and Ann, the Anthony A. Yoseloff Foundation and the Bisignano Family.