PLAY Ball today in Cooperstown
National Baseball Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry will be the featured guests during the Hall of Fame Weekend’s annual PLAY Ball event, which runs from 8-11 a.m. today in Cooperstown.
The Hall originally announced that Rickey Henderson would participate in the event, but Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in runs and stolen bases has been replaced by two-time Cy Young Award winner and Hall of Fame pitcher Perry.
PLAY Ball is a museum fundraiser that supports the Hall’s educational programs and internship scholarships. Participants receive on-field, round-robin interaction with the Hall of Famers, along with special mementos to commemorate their experiences.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with an exclusive reception in the Hall’s Plaque Gallery. Following photos and stories, PLAY Ball participants will receive two hours of instruction from their Hall of Fame guides at a Cooperstown-area diamond.
A limited number of spaces for PLAY Ball remain, and a reservation is required. Event pricing is $450 for museum members and $600 for non-members. To reserve a spot, call 607-547-0397.
PLAY Ball is part of Hall of Fame Weekend, which will be highlighted by Sunday’s inductions of Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White.
The Hall will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Golf tournament set for Aug. 28
The fourth annual NOT Going Back-to-School Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Otsego and Delaware County Retired Teachers’ Associations, will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start Aug. 28 at Colonial Ridge Golf in Laurens.
Cost to enter the captain-and-crew tournament is $40 and includes 18 holes, cart, prizes and a Brooks’ House of BBQ lunch. Cost for Colonial Ridge members is $30. Non-golfers may have lunch for $12.