The ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The ceremony starts at 1:30pm.
The Ceremony takes place on the grounds of The Clark Sports Center. The Clark Sports Center is located at 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown, New York, 13326.
The BBWAA elected Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Iván Rodríguez to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. John Schuerholz and Bud Selig were elected for induction by the Today’s Game Committee.
Claire Smith will receive the 2017 J. G. Taylor Spink Award, and Bill King will receive the 2017 Ford C. Frick Award.
Be sure to keep on eye on the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend page for more 2017 events and announcements, including interactive sessions with Hall of Famers on Friday, July 28 and Monday, July 31.
For information about future balloting, The Hall of Fame has a special article outlining the upcoming eligibility of retired players.
Attending the Ceremony
Here’s what you need to know to attend the Induction Ceremony:
- Attending the Ceremony is free and no tickets are required. Lawn seating is available for the general public. In order to get the best seats, you need to claim your spot early. Special seating is reserved for family members of inductees and Hall of Fame President’s Circle and Benefactor members.
- The ceremony typically starts around 1:30pm. Between 10,000 and 75,000 fans have gathered on the Sports Center lawn to watch the Ceremony in years past. Be sure to arrive early!
- The local high school will be selling water and other refreshments during the Ceremony. Portable restrooms will be located on the Sports Center grounds during the weekend.
- There is no parking at the Sports Center for the Ceremony. You must park within Cooperstown and walk to the Ceremony (about 1 mile from the Hall of Fame). There are many local residents and business offering off-street parking in driveways and on lawns for a small charge. The Hall of Fame has suggestions regarding parking for visitors on their website.
Visiting the Baseball Hall Of Fame
Visit the Baseball Hall Of Fame Induction Weekend visitors site for trip tips, a FAQ about the weekend, and other Induction Weekend information. For more information about the Baseball Hall Of Fame Museum and other Hall Of Famers, visit the Hall Of Fame homepage. Also, be sure to check out their Facebook page, their Twitter page, and their blog for news and more.