COOPERSTOWN -- Just because the National Baseball Hall of Fame is turning 75 this coming summer doesn’t mean the Cooperstown shrine is slowing down.
In fact, the opposite is true.
President Jeff Idelson said Tuesday the Hall’s 75th anniversary celebration will stretch across four weekends, beginning in the spring.
“Of course it all starts with the two elections coming up,” Idelson said of the Expansion Era Committee voting results, which will be announced at Baseball’s Winter Meetings at 10 a.m. Dec. 9, and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America results, which will be announced at 2 p.m. Jan 8. “We could be in for a very big induction weekend. I hope we are.
“Of course, it is sort of like predicting the weather,” he continued. “Except in this instance, we want it to snow.”
Idelson’s remarks came as he and his staff greeted about 100 Otsego County residents during an open house that highlighted the four event weekends.
“As we turn 75, we are building our program for this weekend,” he said of Induction Weekend, which is July 25-28.
The Hall will again have its Hall of Fame Classic on Memorial Day Weekend. The seven-inning exhibition will take place May 24 and will honor baseball’s connection with the armed services. Idelson said Ozzie Smith and Phil Niekro will serve as team captains. He added he’s trying to recruit four other Hall of Famers as well as former MLB players to play.
Also on May 24, the “Night at the Museum” program will return for its second year. There also will be a members golf fundraiser and a youth skills clinic that weekend, which will include the “Be A Superior Example” (BASE) Race. This marks the third BASE Race — a road race that promotes healthy living. The first two were held in August.