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July 11, 2013

Live performances of 'Who's On First?' and 'Casey at the Bat' planned

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First?” and the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat.”

Live performances will be held during the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend as part of Saturday’s Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field. The performances will kick off the day’s events at 3:30 p.m.

A live performance of “Who’s On First?” by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara — noted for their portrayal of the classic comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello — will be staged for all fans in attendance. Joining Palmer and Sciara will be the Hall of Fame’s Director of Research Tim Wiles, who will portray The Mighty Casey in “Casey at The Bat.”

Admission is free and the gates will open at 3 p.m.

The awards presentation is expected to feature more than 40 returning Hall of Famers on stage as the museum honors the 2013 award winners. Longtime Philadelphia baseball scribe and current writer Paul Hagen will receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, and legendary Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek will be posthumously honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.

The awards presentation will also feature a salute to Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull, whose studio produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” as well as the honoring of Dr. Frank Jobe and Tommy John, who teamed up to pioneer the surgical procedure now known as Tommy John Surgery.

Immediately following the awards presentation, the fourth 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 start 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.

Palmer and Sciara will also perform “Who’s On First?” multiple times between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27 in the museum’s Bullpen Theater.

The museum will offer additional family-friendly programming during Hall of Fame Weekend, including:

3-D Baseball Art Workshop, July 26 from noon to 4 p.m.

Learning Center, 1st floor

Visitors to the museum on Friday, July 26 will have the opportunity to help create baseball art inspired by the works of three-dimensional artist Charles Fazzino. For more than 30 years, Fazzino's name has been synonymous with bright, whimsical and wonderfully detailed, 3D pop art. His work is exhibited in hundreds of 3D art galleries all over the world. Join artist Diane Stensland for this fun and interactive workshop.

Author’s Series: ‘Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame,’ July 26 at 1 p.m.

Bullpen Theater, 1st floor

Visitors will have the chance to listen to a panel discussion with Hall of Fame staff who contributed to the museum’s new book, “Inside the Baseball Hall of Fame.” Librarian Jim Gates, photographer Milo Stewart Jr., senior director of exhibitions and collections Erik Strohl and director of research Tim Wiles will take part in the round-table event. A book signing will be held following the program. The book, published by Simon and Schuster, allows readers to go behind the scenes to see seldom or never-displayed items from the museum’s collection.

All museum programs during Hall of Fame Weekend are included with museum admission.

For information on Hall of Fame Weekend 2013, visit or call 547-7200.