The Daily Star
---- — Hall open for Spring Break Week
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 information, visit www.baseballhall.org.
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.
The design must include the inscriptions “Liberty,” “In God We Trust,” and “2014.” Designs cannot feature names or depictions of real people or places, or anything associated with real organizations whose membership or ownership is not universal.
For more guidelines, rules and entry instructions, visit the websites www.baseballhall.org/coin-design, www.usmint.gov, www.usmint.gov/kids/batterup and www.challenge.gov.
Hall’s Mars project 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 www.baseballhall.org/BASERace and www.clarksportscenter.com.
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.