Tom Cheek, who debuted with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977 and called the first 4,347 regular-season and postseason games for the team before passing away in 2005, will be honored posthumously with the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. Paul Hagen, whose writing career has spanned more than 40 years and has spent the last three decades as an authoritative voice in Philadelphia, will be honored with the 2013 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, presented by the BBWAA.
Throughout the Weekend, the Hall of Fame will host a series of educational programs and fan-friendly experiences soon to be announced designed to connect generations of all ages in activities and events featuring baseball luminaries in the timeless and pastoral village of Cooperstown. Additional programming, both at the Museum and at Doubleday Field on Saturday of Induction Weekend, will be announced soon. Full details of new events and schedule changes will be announced at the Hall of Fame's Web site baseballhall.org.The Sunday, July 28 Induction Ceremony will take place on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame. The Ceremony is held rain or shine, unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the event. Professional interpreters will be provided for the hearing impaired. The Induction Ceremony historically lasts two hours. Seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. As the weather in Cooperstown can be quite warm in July, it is recommended that visitors bring a cap and sunscreen. Induction Merchandise and Museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Induction site. Refreshments are sold at the site and water is provided complimentary to visitors. For information on reserved seating options granted to Museum members, please call 607-547-0397.
The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at Doubleday Field and will feature the posthumous honoring of Tom Cheek with the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence and presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing to Paul Hagen. The Awards Presentation will be immediately followed by the Parade of Legends, as Hall of Fame members ride down Main Street in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company at 6 p.m., concluding with a red carpet arrival on the Museum steps as Hall of Fame members make their way to the Museum for a private reception.Hall of Fame Members are afforded special opportunities throughout the Weekend. As a not-for-profit educational institution, membership support advances the Museum's programs and aids in the preservation of artifacts and archival materials that document the rich history of America's game. Additionally, membership packages are wonderful and unique gifts for friends and family. Members enjoy many privileges, including free admission to the Hall of Fame year-round. To learn more about the program and its many benefits, please visit baseballhall.org. Additional Hall of Fame Weekend Privileges
- Free admission to the Museum throughout the year
- A special members-only entrance to the Hall of Fame to avoid long lines
- Exclusive early access to the Museum on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
- VIP reserved seating for the Induction for Benefactor and President's Circle Members
- Opportunity to reserve Grandstand Seating to the Awards Presentation
- Exclusive access to the Voices of the Game program on Monday
- Transportation provided to and from the Museum for special Weekend events