Ozzie Smith Hosts Hall of Fame Weekend Favorite Turn Two

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The name has changed but the timeless fun remains the same as Ozzie Smith returns to Cooperstown with his Hall of Fame friends to support the Museum’s Education Program.

The rebranded Turn Two with Ozzie Smith will be held on Friday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Cooperstown. Smith, the Education Ambassador for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will host the annual Museum fundraiser and welcome fellow Hall of Famers Eddie Murray, Larry Walker and Dave Winfield as his guests during a fun-filled morning that gives fans a unique chance to experience on-field moments and stories with Hall of Famers.

Turn Two is a Museum fundraiser that supports the Hall of Fame’s educational mission and internship scholarships. Participants in Turn Two each receive on-field round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers, along with special mementos to commemorate their experience.

Call 607-547-0385 to secure your spot in the lineup today. This experience is an amazing opportunity to connect with Hall of Famers and create new memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. July 21 with an exclusive morning reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery with Ozzie and his Hall of Fame friends. Following the light breakfast in the iconic Plaque Gallery, Turn Two participants will receive a commemorative gift to be autographed by all Hall of Famers present before heading to historic Doubleday Field. There, participants will receive non-stop interaction, featuring stories and instruction – along with photos – from some of the greatest players the game has known.

Now in its 20th year, Turn Two supports the Hall of Fame’s educational mission and the Ozzie Smith Diversity Scholarships for the Museum’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development. Since 2002, the program has raised more than $200,000 for the Museum’s initiatives.

Smith, known through his 19-year career as The Wizard of Oz, won a record 13 Gold Glove Awards at shortstop and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2002.

Murray, elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003, was an eight-time All-Star whose 1,917 RBI rank 11th on the all-time list. Murray powered the Orioles to the 1983 World Series title and his 2,413 games at first base are the most in history.

Walker, a Class of 2020 inductee, was a three-time National League batting champion and the 1997 NL Most Valuable Player. A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner in right field, Walker was a five-tool player who finished his career with 383 home runs and 230 stolen bases.

Winfield went right to the big leagues after being drafted by the Padres in 1973 and compiled 465 home runs and 3,110 hits over 22 seasons. A 12-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner in right field, Winfield was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Turn Two is part of the July 21-24 Hall of Fame Weekend activities that will be highlighted by the July 23 Induction Ceremony when Fred McGriff and Scott Rolen will be inducted as the Class of 2023.

A limited number of spaces for Turn Two remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $750 for Members, $1,000 for non-Members. Reserve spots now by calling 607-547-0385. For more information on Membership, please visit www.baseballhall.org/join.

The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 21: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 22: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 23: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Monday, July 24: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. As always, Hall of Fame Members receive free admission.

Join MLB Youth Ambassador Coach Ballgame for special PLAY BALL events on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, at Doubleday Field. Advance registration requested. For more information, visit baseballhall.org/events.