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April 12, 2013

Hall of Fame Briefs

The Daily Star

---- — Robinson special starts today

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will celebrate the Legendary Pictures release of “42” with a special buy-one, get-one-free admission offer to the museum for moviegoers.

Those with a ticket from the movie documenting the story of Jackie Robinson may receive two Hall admissions for the price of one during the entire month of April. The movie opens today.

To redeem the offer, visitors must present a “42” ticket stub when purchasing admission to the museum at the Hall’s Main Ticket Booth. There is a limit of one offer per ticket stub.

Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he made his major league debut April 15, 1947. He went on to help Brooklyn win six pennants and the 1955 World Series during his 10 seasons as an infielder for the Dodgers.

The Hall also will hold special programming Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Jackie Robinson Day) to honor the 1962 Hall of Famer. The museum’s signature program each day will be performances of “Jackie: Cross the Line!” at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Bullpen Theater. This one-man show presented by Greg Kenney also tells the story of how Robinson broke the modern Major League Baseball color barrier. Admission to the show is free with a museum ticket. Seating is available on a first-come basis.

Robinson earned election to the Hall in his first year of eligibility. He was inducted with Bob Feller, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush in 1962.

For more information, visit the website

Mars project set for April 27

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will host the Imagine Mars Project, a workshop for students in grades 4-8, on April 27.

Imagine Mars is a national arts, sciences and technology education initiative sponsored by NASA and the National Endowment for the Arts that leads students to work together with scientists, engineers, artists and civic leaders to design and share a futuristic Mars community.

At the Hall workshop, students will work to create a baseball experience on Mars – factoring in the extreme Martian environment and the physical aspects of the red planet while imagining what life may be like on it.

Working with NASA educators, scientists and Hall staff, students will be asked to create uniforms, stadiums, marketing, concessions and new baseball rules. Within each category, students will work together to devise a way that baseball can be played on Mars.

Cost of the workshop is $10 per student, which includes materials, supplies and lunch and beverages provided by Price Chopper. The first 50 students to register will be accepted. A parent or guardian must be present to register and pick up the student April 27. Parents are welcome to attend the Imagine Mars Project Showcase from 3-5 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 607-547-0313.

BASE Race set for Aug. 11

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown will host the second annual BASE Race on Aug. 11.

The event features a competitive 10K race at 8 a.m. and a family-style 5-kilometer run at 8:15 a.m. Both events start and finish at the CSC.

Registration is $25 for adults and $50 for families until race day, when registration will be $40 for individuals and $65 for families.

Proceeds support outreach for the “Be A Superior Example” program, which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices by educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.

Registration is underway online at and

The Hall also will hold a pre-race gathering for runners Aug. 10. Details will be released later this spring.

For more information, call the Hall at 607-547-0397 or the CSC at 607-547-2800.

Hall accepting O’Neil nominations

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is accepting nominations for the Buck O’Neil Award, which will be presented next in 2014.

The award honors individuals who have enhanced baseball’s positive impact on society, broadened the game’s appeal, and whose character, integrity and dignity are comparable to the qualities exhibited by O’Neil. The Hall created the award in 2007 to honor former Negro leaguer O’Neil, who spent eight decades in baseball. O’Neil received the first award in 2008.

The Hall’s Board of Directors present the award no more than once every three years. Longtime baseball executive Roland Hemond, now Special Assistant to the President and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, won in 2011.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and should detail how the proposed candidate carries O’Neil’s extraordinary traits. Nominations are open from the general public, at any time, and may be submitted to: Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Only submissions received by mail will be considered.