The Hall of Fame president said staff continually has an eye on adjusting its business model to ensure that it remains viable and he believes the overall depth of programming is good and it helps that they run year-round.
New this year is a two-year temporary exhibit called Diamond Mines. The exhibit is featured on the museum’s second floor and has a searchable database of thousands of scouting reports donated to the Hall of Fame throughout the years by hundreds of scouts. Through Diamond Mines, museum visitors are able to enter the name of a big league player and search for scouting reports filed on them throughout the years.
“We’ve added so many new exhibits in the last five or six years that we feel that the museum has a very fresh look and feel for those who haven’t been here for four or five years,” Idelson said.
Idelson said he is optimistic about the future as the organization gears up for its 75th anniversary next year with a commemorative U.S. coin and special music entertainment featuring the Boston Pops.
As far as the weekend goes, he said: “As it is every year, Hall of Fame Weekend is first and foremost a celebration of the new inductees and we do have three, although none of them are living. So the focus for the weekend doesn’t change.”
“Because we have no living inductees, we have embellished or stepped up other events to encompass the weekend to make it enticing for visitors to travel and enjoy Induction Weekend,” he continued.
This will mark the first induction since 1965 that no living person will be enshrined. On Sunday, the Hall of Fame will induct three “Pre-Integration Era” members, former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, umpire Hank O’Day and 19th-century player Deacon White.