Hall of Fame Hosts Fenway Day

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – As Boston’s Fenway Park begins its second century of hosting history and heroics, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the iconic ball yard’s first 100 years with Fenway Day on Saturday, May 5 in Cooperstown.


With the Museum’s new exhibit FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years serving as the centerpiece, the Hall of Fame welcomes fans to a day of memorable events and programs on the first Saturday in May. Fenway Park turned 100 years old on April 20, just days after the Museum cut the ribbon on FENtennial, ushering in a year-long celebration of Boston’s Fenway Park. The exhibit, featuring almost four dozen artifacts and located on the Museum’s second floor, captures the magic of the big leagues’ oldest stadium.


All events are included with Museum admission. The schedule of events on May 5 includes:


11 a.m.                        Authors Series: Fenway Park 100 Years

Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor

“Fenway Park: 100 Years” is the official, definitive history of America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, published jointly by the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball. This special Authors Series program will feature the book’s editors, David Friedman and Dan Rea. Friedman serves as Boston’s Senior Vice President and Special Counsel, while Rea is the Coordinator of Alumni and Archives. A book signing will follow this program.


1 p.m.              Authors Series: FENWAY 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s

Remarkable First Year

                        Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor

Author Glenn Stout discusses his recent book, “FENWAY 1912.” A book signing will immediately follow the program.


2 p.m.              Curator Spotlight: FENtennial

                        Second Floor of the Museum

Join Hall of Fame Curator Lenny DiFranza for a guided tour of the Hall of Fame’s newest exhibit. FENtennial features artifacts like Carl Yastrzemski’s bat from his 3,000th hit, Ted Williams’ 1960 home jersey and Carlton Fisk’s Game 6 bat from the 1975 World Series – which is on exhibit for the first time anywhere. As part of the exhibit, visitors will be able to share their memories of Fenway Park at the Museum in Cooperstown or at baseballhall.org – with the responses added to the Hall of Fame’s archive.


3 p.m.              Film Screening: Down the Line

                        Bullpen Theater, 1st Floor

A 23-minute documentary on Boston’s Fenway Park that takes fans where they have never been before by celebrating Fenway's "team behind the team": The bat boys, ball girls, clubhouse attendants and grounds crew members who make every Major League Baseball game possible.


Seating for all events is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with a Fenway Park ticket stub from the 2012 season will receive a free copy of the Hall of Fame’s Memories and Dreams Salute to Fenway Park, a 48-page color commemorative magazine at Cooperstown’s look at 100 years of Boston’s sacred ground. Limit one copy per ticket stub and while supplies last. The centennial commemorative includes original insight from Hall of Fame members about their experiences at Fenway Park, as well as historical photographs, insightful commentary and unique artifacts from the Museum’s collections. 


For more information on these and other programs, please visit www.baseballhall.org.


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. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.