Conversations at Doubleday

Saturday, July 23, 2022 - 11:00am

The Hall of Fame will host a series of educational programs and fan-friendly experiences designed to connect generations of all ages in activities and events featuring baseball luminaries in the timeless and pastoral village of Cooperstown. These voices of the game will share their stories and excitement of Induction weekend through these conversations happening throughout the day.

**Conversations at Doubleday programming is free of charge, but seating is limited to the first base bleachers at Doubleday Field.**

11:00 am: 1969 New York Mets

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Celebrate the managerial career of new Hall of Famer Gil Hodges with four of Gil’s players from the 1969 world champion New York Mets – Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Art Shamsky, and Ron Swoboda. This roundtable discussion will be hosted by former Mets public relations director Jay Horwitz.

--Jones batted a career-high .340 during the historic 1969 season. Selected to that season's All-Star Game, he recorded the final out of the 1969 World Series.

--A 1965 National League All-Star, Kranepool platooned at first base with Donn Clendenon during the 1969 season. An original Met, Kranepool played his entire career with the Mets.

--As the Mets’ right fielder in 1969, Shamsky batted .300 and hit 14 home runs. He later became a sports broadcaster in New York City.

--During the ’69 World Series, Swoboda batted .400 and pulled off a remarkable game-changing catch in Game Four, robbing Brooks Robinson of an extra-base hit.

12:15: Dick Bremer and Peter Gammons

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Moderated by the Hall of Fame's Bruce Markusen Award, award-winning writer Peter Gammons and longtime Minnesota Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer will discuss the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022. Gammons, who received the Baseball Writers Career Excellence Award in 2005 and still contributes to the MLB Network, will offer his thoughts on new Hall of Famers David Ortiz and Minnie Minoso. Bremer, who has broadcast Twins games since 1983, will provide insights on the careers of Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat.

1:30 pm: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick

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Join us for a program hosted by Joe Posnanski, with Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Museum. Kendrick will discuss the Kansas City institution he leads and the individuals who continued the fight to play despite the odds being stacked against them.