Hall of Fame Weekend

Hall of Fame Weekend 2019 will take place July 19-22, with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, July 21.

Harold Baines and Lee Smith, who were elected on Dec. 9 by the Today's Game Era Committee, will be joined in the Class of 2019 by any electees who emerge from the Jan. 22 Baseball Writers' Association of America vote.

2018 WAS A BANNER YEAR

When all was said and done, the 2018 Induction Ceremony crowd – with its wild cheering and appreciative applause for the six electees – was one of the largest in the history of National Baseball Hall of Fame.

With their bronze plaques awaiting and immortality assured, switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, slugging star Jim Thome, multi-talented outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, closer extraordinaire Trevor Hoffman, the ultimate competitor Jack Morris and legendary Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell gave their induction speeches in Cooperstown on the afternoon of Sunday, July 29, 2018.

In the ceremony held under ideal conditions – party sunny, a slight wind and temperatures right around 70 degrees – at the Clark Sports Center, located about a mile south from the Hall of Fame, an estimated 53,000 fans came to witness this annual rite. Only the 2007 Induction Ceremony, which hosted 82,000, drew more fans.

A record 57 Hall of Famers – including the Class of 2018 – attended the Induction Ceremony. In front all those in Cooperstown and a national television audience on MLB Network, the six newest members of this exclusive fraternity would speak of their families, thank teammates, coaches and managers, and embrace the emotion of the moment, trying their hardest to put into words what being a Hall of Famer means to them.

It was the climax of a weekend that started with the PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith event Friday morning and wrapped up with the Legends of the Game Roundtable on Monday. Many events in between, including the Parade of Legends and annual Awards Presentation on Saturday, made it another memorable weekend.

2018 Highlights

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Future Hall of Fame Weekend Dates

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The next five Hall of Fame Weekends will be held on the dates below. The annual Induction Ceremony is held at 1:30 p.m. on the Sunday of Hall of Fame Weekend:

2019: Friday, July 19 – Monday, July 22  
2020: Friday, July 24 – Monday, July 27   2020 Eligibles
2021: Friday, July 23 – Monday, July 26   2021 Eligibles
2022: Friday, July 22 – Monday, July 25   2022 Eligibles
2023: Friday, July 21 – Monday, July 24   2023 Eligibles

Visiting Cooperstown

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Thinking of joining us for Hall of Fame Weekend? A number of remarkable ballplayers are newly eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in 2019, including Lance Berkman, Roy Halladay, Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Be part of history at the 2019 Hall of Fame Weekend, then discover the true legacy of our great game in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s renowned Museum. Beyond the hallowed Hall is a wide variety of exhibits that tell the story of our National Pastime. For nearly 80 years, fans and families have enjoyed this exceptional collection of artifacts that honor the best of baseball, reminiscing, learning and making memories that last a lifetime along the way.

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Weekend Events

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Just as there's more to the Hall of Fame with the Museum, there's more to Hall of Fame Weekend than the Induction Ceremony. Plan an extended stay in Cooperstown to experience all four incredible days of fanfare.

From PLAY Ball with Museum Education Ambassador Ozzie Smith and Parade of Legends to special Awards Presentation and the Induction itself, Hall of Fame Weekend is filled with family-friendly fun.

In addition to all these activities, the weekend also includes special hours for the Museum:
• 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.

Doors open at 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for Hall of Fame Members, 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.

 

PLAY BALL WITH OZZIE SMITH

Friday 8 a.m.

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.

 

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Saturday 4:30 p.m.

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.

Bob Costas, who has passionately and poignantly called games and narrated the baseball experience for four decades, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Longtime Cleveland Indians beat writer Sheldon Ocker received the Spink Award last year.

 

PARADE OF LEGENDS

Saturday 6 p.m.

It’s the largest gathering of Hall of Famers on the baseball calendar. And for one evening every July, Main Street in Cooperstown becomes baseball’s biggest red carpet celebration during the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Parade of Legends.

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.

 

INDUCTION CEREMONY

Sunday 1:30 p.m.

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

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.

 

LEGENDS OF THE GAME ROUNDTABLE

Monday 10:30 a.m.

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.

CLASS OF 2018

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SPECIAL MEMBER BENEFITS

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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.

Special Hall of Fame Weekend Membership benefits include:
• Free admission to the Museum Hall of Fame Weekend and throughout the year
• 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 of Hall of Fame Weekend
• A complimentary copy of the Commemorative Hall of Fame Weekend Program
• Priority access to the Legends of the Game Roundtable program on Monday
• VIP reserved seating for the Induction (Contributor, President’s Circle and Benefactor Members)
• VIP reserved seating for the Awards Presentation (Contributor, President’s Circle and Benefactor Members)

HOF 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). Hall of Fame and Museum Members receive a 5% discount on all their baseball travel packages.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Accommodation information is available through www.thisiscooperstown.com/lodgingCooperstown Getaway and through the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce at 607-547-9983. For driving directions from major cities, area cities and local airports, visit our directions page: www.baseballhall.org/visit/cooperstown.

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