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March 29, 2013

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Hall to host Spring Break

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will host Spring Break Week from Monday through Saturday next week.

Visitors may compete in baseball-knowledge gameshows, celebrate the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat” and watch opening day games at the Hall.

All events are included with admission. The Spring Break Week schedule includes the following programs:

Monday: Opening Day Celebration (MLB games and trivia in Bullpen Theater), 1-5 p.m.

Monday-Saturday: The Plaques of the Gallery (20-minute guided tour) 10:30 a.m.; Visit with a Vendor (ballpark vendors and foods) 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday-Friday: Casey at the Bat Poetry Station, 2:30 p.m.; So You Think You Know Baseball? (game show), 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday-Saturday: Hands-On History Cart (equipment), 12:30 p.m.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the website

Coin competition starts April 11

The United States Mint will start a coin-design competition April 11 that will end with the Secretary of the Treasury’s selection of the image for the heads side of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act calls for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver, and half-dollar clad coins, and requires a competition to select a common design on the heads side that symbolizes baseball. The $5 gold and $1 silver coins will be the first “curved” coins minted and issued by the U.S. Mint. The tails sides will be convex (bulge outward).

The competition is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents ages 14-and-older. The winner will receive $5,000, and the winner’s initials will appear on the minted coins.

A Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge, for children ages 13-and-under, also will run. Winners will receive a silver coin and a certificate. The winning children’s designs also will also be showcased on the Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint and Baseball Hall websites.

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