Baseball Hall of Fame

HOF Ceremonies scheduled for tomorrow in Cooperstown; Rolen and McGriff will be honored

The Baseball Hall of Fame issued this press release in advance of tomorrow’s bestowments.

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Scott Rolen enjoyed a round of golf in Cooperstown with his son on Saturday. But for the soon-to-be inducted member of the Class of 2023, the environment was positively surreal.

“I was just on the 18th hole. I didn’t even know where 18 was when I was standing on it,” Rolen told the assembled media at the annual Hall of Fame Golf Tournament. “None of this is going to set in for quite some time.”

For Rolen and fellow Class of 2023 member Fred McGriff, Saturday’s festivities marked the final hours before officially joining the sport’s greatest team. The Induction Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The Ceremony, which is expected to last about two hours, will be broadcast exclusively on MLB Network and livestreamed at MLB.com.

McGriff and Rolen were among about two dozen Hall of Famers at the famed Leatherstocking Golf Course on Saturday, enjoying cool-and-dry summer weather. The Hall of Famers played golf in the morning, then attended the Awards Presentation and the Parade of Legends before relaxing at a private evening reception at the Hall of Fame.

At the annual Awards Presentation, longtime Chicago Cubs voice Pat Hughes was presented with the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence, John Lowe received the BBWAA Career Excellence Award for writers and Carl Erskine was honored with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, with his son, Gary, accepting the award on his behalf.

“I am extremely proud and happy to be here,” Hughes said. “It’s almost happening to somebody else and I’m just kind of watching the thing.”

Highlights of the speeches from the Awards Presentation will be included in MLB Network’s pre-Induction Ceremony coverage starting at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Some of Saturday’s additional highlights included:

The annual Hall of Fame Weekend Golf Tournament at the Leatherstocking Golf Course was won by the team led by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux and his son Chase, with the team led by Goose Gossage and Jack Morris taking second place. Greg Maddux took home low gross honors with a round of 74.

Hall of Famer Randy Johnson shared background about his photo exhibit, Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs, currently on display at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. The exhibition runs into December.

Fans jammed Main Street to get a glimpse of their Hall of Fame heroes at the 12th Parade of Legends, some lining up for spots along the parade route as early as Thursday morning.

The Museum is open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program able to enter the Museum at 8 a.m. For more information on Membership, please visit baseballhall.org/join.

(You can), Follow all the action during Hall of Fame Weekend with the #HOFWKND hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Cooperstown added:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $28 for adults (13 and over), $22 for seniors (65 and over) and $17 for juniors (ages 7-12) and $19 for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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Michael Green
7 months ago

I watched Pat Hughes’s speech online, and will be watching the others. The fact that MLB Network cannot take an hour or two to televise the Awards Ceremony instead of presenting highlights is a total disgrace. Why do I have the feeling if one of the winners had been with MLB Network, it would have been on live and repeated constantly? Shame on them.

And to end on a happier note, a deep bow to those who decide the recipients of the awards. Very deserving choices.