Museum Brings Celebration to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend
(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) – As baseball celebrates the best weekend on its annual calendar, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will provide plenty of Central New York flavor for area residents and visitors from around the world.
More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to return to Cooperstown July 22-25 to honor the historic Class of 2022. Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva, Buck O’Neil and David Ortiz will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 24, and the weekend will feature new events as well as returning fan favorites.
A chance to see the game’s legends and heroes up close, the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends returns at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. This year, the parade will originate at the intersection of Lake Street and Chestnut Street, then proceed down Chestnut Street toward Main Street and onto Main Street before concluding at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Parade of Legends will provide an opportunity to see the returning Hall of Famers as they ride toward a private reception at the Hall of Fame.
Additional elements of the parade will include:
- An appearance by members of Cooperstown Youth Baseball and Softball 12u teams.
- Music from the award-winning Baldwinsville High School band. The Marching Bees have appeared in several major parades, including the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2020 Rose Parade.
- The Cooperstown Veterans Color Guard.
Expected to last about 75 minutes, the Parade of Legends will be streamed live at MLB.com.
On Sunday evening, fireworks will light up the night sky starting at 9 p.m. over Otsego Lake. The fireworks will originate from Fairy Springs Park, one mile north of the Village of Cooperstown.
All events are part of the July 22-25 Induction Weekend in Cooperstown. The Induction Ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. on July 24 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 2022 Induction Ceremony will be televised live exclusively on MLB Network and broadcast nationally on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 22: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 23: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Plaque Gallery closes at 4:30 p.m.); Sunday, July 24: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Monday, July 25: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. For Hall of Fame Members, doors open at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at 8 a.m. on Monday. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission.