Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00am to Monday, July 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

2018 Hall of Fame Weekend

The 2018 Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 27-30, with the annual Induction Ceremony scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Clark Sports Center. Admission to the Ceremony is free and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and will be shown via webcast at www.baseballhall.org. More than four dozen Hall of Famers annually return for Hall of Fame Weekend, with the full list of returnees to be announced in early July, to honor the Class of 2018 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.


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Weekend Events

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Play Ball with Ozzie Smith

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.

Awards Presentation

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.

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 private reception at the Museum.

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. The Parade starts on Main Street, at 6 p.m., on Saturday.

Induction Ceremony

The Sunday, July 29 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. For information on reserved seating options granted to Museum members, please call 607-547-0397.

Legends of the Game Roundtable

The Hall of Fame’s newest members will participate in a Legends of the Game Roundtable event at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 30 on Doubleday Field. This event is for Museum Members only. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12.

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 in 2018.

2018 Award Winners

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Class of 2018

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