Hall of Fame Weekend

Hall of Fame Weekend 2019 will be held July 19-22 in Cooperstown, with the annual Induction Ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21 at the Clark Sports Center.

The Class of 2019 will feature any electees that emerge from the Today's Game Era Committee vote on Dec. 9 at Baseball's Winter Meetings and any candidates elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in January.

Hall of Fame Weekend 2019 will also feature the Saturday, July 20 Awards Presentation, when the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award winner and the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner will be honored.

The Weekend will include many family programs, including the July 20 Parade of Legends and the July 22 Legends of the Game Roundtable discussion event with the inductees.

The Sunday, July 21 Induction Ceremony, will be hosted by MLB Network’s Brian Kenny.

Follow the Hall of Fame on Twitter @baseballhall for the latest updates.

Plan Your Trip to Cooperstown

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Be part of history Hall of Fame Weekend, then discover the true legacy of our great game. Beyond the hallowed Hall is a wide variety of exhibits that tell the story of America through sport in our Museum. For nearly 80 years, fans and families have enjoyed this exceptional collection that honors the best of baseball – reminiscing, learning and making memories that last a lifetime along the way.

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Become a Member

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Museum Members play a major role in preserving baseball history and ensure that generations of fans will always have a home to celebrate the history of baseball. In addition to helping assure that the Baseball Hall of Fame remains a monument to our National Pastime – members are afforded special opportunities throughout the year, including additional perks during Hall of Fame Weekend. Members always enjoy many benefits, including Memories and Dreams magazine, a Hall of Fame Yearbook and free admission to the Museum year-round. To learn more about the program and its many benefits, please visit www.baseballhall.org/join.

Additional Hall of Fame Weekend Membership benefits include:
• Free admission to the Museum throughout the year, including Hall of Fame Weekend
• A special members-only entrance to the Hall of Fame to avoid long lines
• Exclusive early access to the Museum on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
• VIP reserved seating for the Induction for Contributor, President’s Circle and Benefactor Members
• VIP reserved seating for the Awards Presentation for Contributor, President’s Circle and Benefactor Members
• A complimentary copy of the Commemorative Hall of Fame Weekend Program
• Priority access to the Legends of the Game Roundtable program on Monday


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Accommodation information is available through www.thisiscooperstown.com/lodging, Cooperstown Getaway and through the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce at 607-547-9983. For driving directions from major cities, area cities and local airports, visit the directions page at the Hall of Fame’s website for more information: www.baseballhall.org/visit/cooperstown.

Induction Ceremony

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The Sunday, July 21, Induction Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame.

The Ceremony is held rain or shine, unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the event. Professional interpreters will be provided for the hearing impaired. The Induction Ceremony historically lasts two-to-three hours.

Lawn seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. As the weather in Cooperstown can be warm in July, it is recommended that visitors bring a cap and sunscreen.

Merchandise and Museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Induction site. Refreshments are sold at the site and water is provided complimentary to visitors. For information on reserved seating options granted to Museum members, please call 607-547-0397.

Spectator Information

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Access to the Induction Site closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, and re-opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 21. Chairs and blankets can be left at the Induction Site during the day Saturday before 4 p.m. for Sunday, but no coolers, bags or large items will be permitted until the site re-opens on Sunday morning.

Vehicular traffic on Susquehanna Avenue from Walnut Street to Bowerstown Bridge/County Route 52 and on Brooklyn Avenue will be limited to PERMIT/LOCAL TRAFFIC only beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 until the end of the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 21.

Use of drones is not permitted in the area of the Clark Sports Center and Induction Site.

All packages are subject to search.

All items carried into the site should be in a clear, see-through style backpack/bag.

Awards Presentation

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The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at Doubleday Field and will feature the presentation of the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence and the 2019 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

(From left to right): Hall of Fame Board Member Thomas Tull, 2017 Buck O'Neil Award recipient Rachel Robinson, 2017 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient Claire Smith and Kathleen Lowenthal, daughter of 2017 Ford C. Frick Award recipient Bill King, share a moment at the 2017 Awards Presentation. (Milo Stewart Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Parade of Legends

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Join the pageantry and excitement as the Hall of Famers ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company down Main Street at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, concluding with a red carpet arrival on the Museum steps as Hall of Famers make their way to the Museum for a private reception.

Tim Raines waves to fans lined up on Main Street in Cooperstown during the 2017 Parade of Legends. (By Traveling Photographer Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith

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Play on a dream team that could only come together in Cooperstown, with Ozzie Smith and his Hall of Famer guests hosting a morning experience in a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s educational programs. For the 18th year, PLAY Ball returns as Players, Legends And You with an interactive meet and greet, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 19, during Hall of Fame Weekend 2019.

PLAY Ball features over two hours of non-stop interaction, including personalized instruction and the chance to turn double plays. Each participant receives time on the field with these baseball legends, as well as personalized photo and special mementos of the occasion. Prior to the on-field activity, participants and Hall of Famers will share a special breakfast in the Hall of Fame’s Plaque Gallery. This event is open to fans of all ages. Hall of Famer guests will be announced in the spring of 2019. Space is limited and the event will be open for registration this spring. Interested participants can register by calling 607-547-0230.

Hall of Famer Randy Johnson gives some pitching pointers to Museum supporters at the 2017 PLAY Ball event in Cooperstown. (By Photographer Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Legends of the Game Roundtable

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The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will participate in the Legends of the Game Roundtable event at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. This event is for Members only and costs $10 for adults and $5 for juniors (under 12 years old). Tickets are available to members beginning Monday, June 3, by calling 607-547-0397.

From left to right: John Schuerholz, Tim Raines, Iván Rodríguez, Jeff Bagwell and Bud Selig recap Hall of Fame Weekend 2017 at the Legends of the Roundtable event. (By Photographer Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Induction Weekend Travel Packages

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has teamed up with Sports Travel and Tours to offer baseball fans a one-stop opportunity to purchase Induction Weekend travel packages. For more information or to plan a trip to Cooperstown, please call 1-888-310-HALL (4255). Membership participants receive a 5% discount on all their baseball travel packages.

Museum Hours

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The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 19: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 20: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 21: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 22: 9 a.m. - 9 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. A special Members’ only entrance eliminates the need to wait in line. Interested parties may enroll in the membership program in advance at www.baseballhall.org/join.

Alan Trammell and Jack Morris pose following the Modern Baseball Era electee press conference on Dec. 11, 2017. (Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos)

Highlights from Hall of Fame Weekend 2018

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Voting Rules

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Future Induction Weekend Dates

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Dates for future Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies include:

2019: Sunday, July 21
2020: Sunday, July 26
2021: Sunday, July 25
2022: Sunday, July 24
2023: Sunday, July 23