Hall of Fame Weekend

Hall of Fame Weekend 2020 will take place July 24-27, with the Induction Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, July 26.

For a list of first-time eligible candidates, please click here.

At the July 25 Awards Presentation, the 2020 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writers and the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters will be presented.

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Museum Member Benefits

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A Museum Membership offers additional perks during Hall of Fame Weekend from free admission to the Museum to VIP reserved seats to the Induction Ceremony.

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
• Reserved seating for the Induction (Contributor, President’s Circle and Benefactor Members)

Visiting Cooperstown

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Thinking of joining us for Hall of Fame Weekend? Be part of history at the 2020 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 more than 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.

Plan Your Visit to Cooperstown

There's plenty more for a family to experience around Cooperstown.

Official Hall of Fame Apparel

Hall of Fame Members receive 10% off and FREE standard shipping on all Hall of Fame online store purchases.

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 in 2020 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 24: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Saturday, July 25: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• Sunday, July 26: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Monday, July 27: 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, July 24 at 8 a.m.

Play on a dream team that could only come together in Cooperstown, with Ozzie Smith and Hall of Famer guests hosting a morning experience featuring over two hours of non-stop interaction, including personalized instruction and the chance to turn double plays. This fundraising event is open to fans of all ages and space is limited. Event pricing is $750 for participants in the Museum’s Membership Program, $1,000 for non-Members.

 

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Saturday, July 25 at 4:30 p.m.

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Doubleday Field and will feature the presentation of the 2020 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing and the 2020 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence.

 

PARADE OF LEGENDS

Saturday, July 25 at 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 25, concluding with a red carpet arrival on the Museum steps.

 

INDUCTION CEREMONY

Sunday, July 26 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sunday, July 26, 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 25, and re-opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday, July 26. 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 25, until the end of the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 26.

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, July 27, 10:30 a.m.

The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 will participate in the Legends of the Game Roundtable event at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 27, on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. This event is for Members only and costs $10 for adults and $5 for juniors (under 12 years old).

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 This is CooperstownCooperstown 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 plan your visit page.

Future Dates

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The next four 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:

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

2019 Highlights

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HISTORY WAS MADE IN 2019

The estimated crowd at the 2019 Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown was 55,000 fans, the second-largest crowd ever in Cooperstown.

Designated hitters Harold Baines and Edgar Martinez, starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina and relief pitchers Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith were inducted on the afternoon of Sunday, July 21, 2019.

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