Preserve Baseball History

For those of us who love baseball, the game plays an important role in our lives.

“Once you are hooked on baseball, there are a million ways you can enjoy it.

If you are a poet, baseball has a sort of rhythm to it. If you are an artist, it has a visual appeal. If you’re a guy that likes to sit in the stands and drink beer…need a place to meet up with friends, go with friends…

Baseball appeals to you.”

– Baseball historian Bill James speaking in our new welcome film

Baseball creates family experiences. Baseball brings communities together. Baseball creates memories that last a lifetime.

It sparks our emotions and becomes a part of who we are.

What does baseball mean to you?

However you answer the question, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is working every day to preserve the game’s history.

But the greatest moments in baseball history can’t be preserved without your help.

Your gift of will help ensure that you will always be able to relive the history of the game we all love in Cooperstown.


Donor Update

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Preserving History

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection holds priceless treasures from baseball’s past which bring our memories to life.

Over the last 79 years we have built the world’s most comprehensive baseball collection, and with your support we will continue to collect and preserve artifacts which document the history of our National Pastime.

Honoring Excellence

Earning election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame is one of the greatest honors in all of sports, and is reserved for those few who truly graced the game through their remarkable achievements. Fewer than 20,000 players have worn a Major League uniform since 1876. Only a little more than one percent have achieved baseball's highest honor: Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The roster of 325 Inductees include 228 Major League players, 35 Negro Leagues builders and stars, 30 executives, 22 managers and 10 umpires.

Cooperstown is the place where our memories of the game’s all-time greats are preserved.

Connecting Generations

The hundreds of thousands of visitors who travel to Cooperstown each year share a journey through the past and relive their favorite baseball memories.

For fans of all ages, the Hall of Fame and Museum is an iconic institution. It’s where all generations come together to relive the history of the game.

Be A Part of Something Greater

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We approach our responsibility to secure and share the history of our National Pastime with great passion and pride. We know fans like you do too, as evidenced by their generous support. The core of this support comes from our faithful Museum Members and Donors. Here are a few ways our supporters stay involved:

Museum Membership

Since the program started in 1979, fans have been proud to be Members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. More than 35,000 fans from all 50 states and 20 countries participate in the program each year.

Unrestricted and Restricted Gift

Thousands of donors each year help ensure baseball fans will always be able to relive the history of the game we all love. Each and every gift has a tremendous impact today and for future generations of fans.


Champions: This group of highly engaged supporters, who number nearly 100 strong, make annual contributions totaling $5,000 or more. In recognition of their support, Champions enjoy exclusive experiences with Hall of Famers in Cooperstown and around the country.

Our Museum in Action

This program allows fans to support specific preservation and conservation projects. You can explore new artifacts, photographs and library documents that are in need of support by visiting

The Baseball Hall of Fame is like a shrine to me…a place where the heroes of my youth never grow old and the game is still pure. I am thrilled to be a Member and support the Hall of Fame in its mission.

Paul Terry, Champion and Museum Member

What You Can Do

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The impact fans have had to preserving baseball history with the Baseball Hall of Fame has been tremendous and we have accomplished a lot together, but there is more to be done.

Your continued support is critical to:

• Caring for and preserving the artifacts within our collection;
• Ensuring a world-class museum experience in Cooperstown and online;
• Securing the future of the institution for generations of fans to come.

Together we can Preserve History, Honor Excellence and Connect Generations.



By Mail:
Attn: Development Office
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main St
Cooperstown, NY 13326

By Phone:
(607) 547-0385

A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.

Jackie Robinson, Hall of Fame Class of 1962

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