Taylor Bayes, a senior at Cooperstown Central School, sang the National Anthem. American Idol contestant Kaitlyn Jackson, who is from Norwich, sang “God Bless America.”
Although the HOF will hold a concert to celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Aug. 2, the actual anniversary is June 12. There will be a weekend full of commemorations that weekend as well.
Attendance at the HOF will be free on June 12. There will be a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. with HOF Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, President Jeff Idelson and members Joe Morgan and Cal Ripken, Jr. Cake will be served and visitors will be invited to sing “Happy Birthday” to the Hall.
At 1 p.m., local residents Homer Osterhoudt, Howard Talbot and Catherine Walker will speak in the Bullpen Theater about their HOF memories. All three were present at the Hall’s opening in 1939.
At 10 a.m. on June 13, the Babe Ruth Gallery will be dedicated and opened on the second floor of the museum. Members of the Ruth family will be present, and at 11 a.m., a round-table discussion on Ruth’s career will take place.
Later that day, at 5 p.m., Morgan and Ripken will speak in a “Voices of the Game” program.
More activities will be announced in the next couple of weeks.