BASE Health Awareness Weekend

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

For the first time ever, the Hall of Fame devotes an entire weekend of programs and activities to the importance of health awareness. As part of this special weekend, a blood drive will take place on Saturday (August 19) and free cancer screenings will be held on Sunday (August 20).

Visiting author and noted baseball expert Danny Clinkscale will discuss his own bout with cancer and sign copies of his inspiring book, Leaving Cancer for the Circus. Hall of Fame staff will also host presentations on notable ballplayers who have been stricken with cancer, but have staged remarkable comebacks and continued their careers.

For more on this important weekend, click on the links below or call 607-547-0362.

Weekend schedule is as follows:

Saturday, August 19th

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9:00am-1:00pm: Blood Drive

In conjunction with the American Red Cross and Bassett Hospital, the Hall of Fame will host a blood drive on Saturday, August 19th. All visitors who wish to donate blood between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. will receive free admission to the Museum. To schedule an appointment call 1-800- RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org today!

11:00 am: Coming Back From Cancer: Ballplayers Who Have Overcome

Bruce Markusen, manager of digital outreach and learning, hosts a presentation about major league ballplayers who have been afflicted with cancer. For some, cancer has signaled the end of a career or worse, but for others, they have managed to stage comebacks, some bordering on the miraculous. Come on by and hear the stories of players like Walt Bond, Danny Thompson, Dave Dravecky, Jon Lester, Daniel Norris, and Anthony Rizzo.

1:00 pm: BASE Program

This program will highlight four attributes needed to be an overall great athlete. We will follow a variation of the BASE program: Be A Superior Example. There will be three bases, each focusing on either fitness, nutrition, character, and the final base will be an activity.

2:00 pm: Leaving Cancer for the Circus

Award-winning Kansas City sportscaster Danny Clinkscale will give a presentation about his new memoir, Leaving Cancer for the Circus. The most eventful year of Clinkscale’s life took the veteran sportscaster along for the exhilarating ride of the hometown Kansas City Royals’ back-to-back World Series appearances. It also brought the challenge of a cancer diagnosis. Danny tells the story of his journey from diagnosis to solo road trip through the Black Hills, and flashes back to many events in his life and career. That includes his time as a young broadcaster in the Cooperstown area. He broadcast games in the New York-Penn League, and was the play-by-play announcer for several Hall of Fame games in Cooperstown. This memoir is humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic all at once. Books will be available for purchase before and after the discussion. A portion of each sale goes to Coaches Vs. Cancer.

2:30 pm: Book Signing with Danny Clinkscale

Danny Clinkscale will be signing copies of his new memoir, Leaving Cancer for the Circus

Sunday, August 20th

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9am-3pm: Cancer Screenings

Bassett Hospital will provide cancer screenings to both the insured and uninsured through their mobile coach, located in Cooper Park. Mammograms and pelvic examinations will be offered throughout the morning. Visitors can also obtain colorectal kits for cancer screening. During the afternoon, members of Bassett’s staff will offer free tours of the mobile coach and offer insight on the process of cancer screening.

11:00 am: Leaving Cancer for the Circus

Award-winning Kansas City sportscaster Danny Clinkscale will give a presentation about his new memoir, Leaving Cancer for the Circus. The most eventful year of Clinkscale’s life took the veteran sportscaster along for the exhilarating ride of the hometown Kansas City Royals’ back-to-back World Series appearances. It also brought the challenge of a cancer diagnosis. Danny tells the story of his journey from diagnosis to solo road trip through the Black Hills, and flashes back to many events in his life and career. That includes his time as a young broadcaster in the Cooperstown area. He broadcast games in the New York-Penn League, and was the play-by-play announcer for several Hall of Fame games in Cooperstown. This memoir is humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic all at once. Books will be available for purchase before and after the discussion. A portion of each sale goes to Coaches Vs. Cancer.

11:30 am: Book Signing with Danny Clinkscale

Danny Clinkscale will be signing copies of his new memoir, Leaving Cancer for the Circus

1:00 pm: BASE Program

This program will highlight four attributes needed to be an overall great athlete. We will follow a variation of the BASE program: Be A Superior Example. There will be three bases, each focusing on either fitness, nutrition, character, and the final base will be an activity.

2:00 pm: Coming Back From Cancer: Ballplayers Who Have Overcome

Bruce Markusen, manager of digital outreach and learning, hosts a presentation about major league ballplayers who have been afflicted with cancer. For some, cancer has signaled the end of a career or worse, but for others, they have managed to stage comebacks, some bordering on the miraculous. Come on by and hear the stories of players like Walt Bond, Danny Thompson, Dave Dravecky, Jon Lester, Daniel Norris, and Anthony Rizzo.