Hall of Fame Weekend

2016 Hall of Fame Weekend – July 22-25

Induction Ceremony

The Sunday, July 24 Induction Ceremony will take place 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.

Awards Presentation

The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Doubleday Field. Radio pioneer Graham McNamee will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Gates at Doubleday Field open at 3 p.m. Fans with tickets should enter through the first base gate, while non-ticketed fans must enter through the third base gate.

The Awards Presentation will be immediately followed by the Parade of Legends, as Hall of Fame members ride down Main Street in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company at 6 p.m., concluding with a red carpet arrival on the Museum steps as Hall of Fame members make their way to the Museum for a private reception.

Play Ball with Ozzie Smith

Join a dream team that could only come together in Cooperstown, with Ozzie Smith and his Hall of Fame friends host a morning experience in a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s educational programs. For the 15th year, PLAY Ball returns as Players, Legends and You with an interactive meet and greet, starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 22nd during Hall of Fame Weekend 2016.

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 the Membership department at 607-547-0397.

Parade of Legends

Join the pageantry and excitement as the Hall of Famers ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company down Main Street on their way to a private reception at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Staging for the Parade takes place at Doubleday Field and fans are encouraged to attend the Awards Presentation prior to making their way to the Parade. Main Street, 6 p.m., Saturday.

Legends of the Game Roundtable

The Hall of Fame’s newest members will participate in a Legends of the Game Roundtable event. This event is for Museum Members only and tickets will be available by visiting the Membership desk in the Museum or by calling 607-547-0397.

Throughout the Weekend, the Hall of Fame will host a series of educational programs and fan-friendly experiences designed to connect generations of all ages in activities and events featuring baseball luminaries in the timeless and pastoral village of Cooperstown. Additional programming will be announced early next summer.

2015 Induction Crowd_JF

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2015 Plaque Installation_JF

(Text and Images provided by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)