Hall of Fame Weekend
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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
Accommodation information is available through www.thisiscooperstown.com/lodging, www.cooperstowngetaway.org 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.
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.
Access to the Induction Site closes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and re-opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 29. Chairs and blankets can be left at the Induction Site during the day Saturday before 4 p.m. for Sunday, but no coolers, backpacks 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 28 until the end of the Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 29.
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.
The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 at Doubleday Field and will feature the presentation of the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence to Bob Costas and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing to Sheldon Ocker.
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 28, concluding with a red carpet arrival on the Museum steps as Hall of Famers make their way to the Museum for a private reception.
Play on a dream team that could only come together in Cooperstown, with Ozzie Smith and Hall of Famer guests hosting a morning experience in a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s educational programs. For the 17th year, PLAY Ball returns as Players, Legends And You with an interactive meet and greet, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 27th during Hall of Fame Weekend 2018.
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. Space is limited and the event will be open for registration this spring. Interested participants can register by calling 607-547-0310.
The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 will participate in the Legends of the Game Roundtable event at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 30 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 4th by calling 607-547-0397.
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.
The Museum maintains the following Hall of Fame Weekend hours: Friday, July 27: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 28: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 29: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Monday, July 30: 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.
Bob Costas named 2018 Ford C. Frick Award Winner for Broadcasting Excellence
Sheldon Ocker wins J.G. Taylor Spink Award
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