The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th Anniversary celebration will stretch out over four event weekends in the spring and summer of 2014.
“Of course it all starts with the two elections coming up,” HOF president Jeff Idelson said on Tuesday, pointing to the Expansion Era Committee voting results which will be announced at Baseball’s Winter Meetings at 10 a.m. on Dec. 9, and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame voting results, which will be announced live on MLB Network at 2 p.m. on 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 the HOF staff greeted about 100 Otsego County residents at an open house highlighting the four event weekends.
“As we turn 75, we are building our program for this weekend,” he said about the 2014 Induction Weekend.
The HOF will again have its Hall of Fame Classic as part of Memorial Day Weekend. The game will take place on Saturday, May 24 and will honor baseball’s connection with the Armed Services. Idelson said that Ozzie Smith and Phil Niekro will return as team captains and are currently recruiting four other HOF members and other former MLB players to appear in the game.
The “Night at the Museum” program will return for its second year that night. There will also be a HOF members golf fundraiser and a youth skills clinic. In addition, the “Be A Superior Example” (BASE) Race, which promotes healthy living will take place that weekend. The first two years of the race, it took place in August.
Thursday, June 12 is the actual 75th birthday for the HOF, which opened in 1939. Idelson said he hoped that descendents of Babe Ruth, who was inducted in 1939, would attend the birthday celebration. The rest of the weekend will include a special celebration for members.