COOPERSTOWN, NY (AP) - Businesses in the upstate New York home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are gearing up for the biggest weekend of the summer tourist season.
Cooperstown is expected to be packed with tens of thousands of people for Sunday's induction ceremony featuring Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
The Hall of Fame is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and this weekend's festivities will likely be one of the largest crowds ever for an induction weekend.
Two weekends in the 1990s drew more than 40,000, but the 2007 induction weekend brought in more than 75,000. Hall of Fame officials say the average crowd for an induction ceremony is about 15,000.
Last year's numbers were way down because no living person was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
HALL OF FAME WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, July 26
The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Doubleday Field. Acclaimed author Roger Angell will receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, Joe Garagiola will be honored with the Museum’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and Texas Rangers broadcaster Eric Nadel will be honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting. Admission to the Awards Presentation is free and open to the public.
The fifth annual Hall of Fame Parade of Legends will begin at 6 p.m. along Main Street. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate on Chestnut Street and conclude at the front steps of the Museum on Main Street. Hall of Famers will ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company en route to a private reception at the Museum.
Sunday, July 27
The annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center, located one mile south of the Hall of Fame. Baseball Writers’ Association of America electees Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas will be inducted along with Expansion Era Committee electees Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre on stage in front of an expected 50 returning Hall of Famers. Admission to the ceremony at the Clark Sports Center, which is expected to last about three hours, is free.
The Class of 2014 will have their Hall of Fame Plaques installed in the Museum’s Plaque Gallery at approximately 7 p.m. (inductees will not be present).
Monday, July 28
The six members of the Class of 2014 will be featured in a Legends Roundtable program at 10:30 a.m. at the Clark Sports Center as they reminisce about their careers and induction into the Hall of Fame. Tickets are available only to participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program and are $10 for adults, $5 for children.
For more, head to http://baseballhall.org/hofweekend