Changing Course – Fans Can Attend Derek Jeter’s Induction Hall of Fame Induction in Cooperstown
After initially scrapping plans for a second consecutive year to host an outdoor ceremony to honoring new members like Derek Jeter, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will give fans the opportunity to take-in the event in-person.
The Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Jane Forbes Clark, announced the change on Wednesday. There ceremony and induction speeches are typically held in July, however, the 2020 induction was called off because of the pandemic. This past February, the Hall announced it would host an in-door only ceremony, with no fans being permitted.
Now, officials have regrouped and scheduled the induction ceremony for Jeter, Larry Walker, Marvin Miller and Ted Simmons, to be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 1:30PM.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and our Staff, we are thrilled to be able to welcome our Hall of Famers – the living legends – and fans back to Cooperstown to celebrate the Induction of the Class of 2020,” Clark said in a release announcing the fall ceremony. “Returning the Induction Ceremony to an outdoor event will provide the baseball community with the opportunity to visit Cooperstown and celebrate the Induction of four of the game’s Greats.”
Jeter, Miller, Simmons and Walker were all inducted as part of the 2020 Class. This past winter, no candidate received the required 75% support needed to gain induction for the 2021 Class.
While open to the public, this fall's induction won't be typical, with thousands upon thousands flocking to the lawn at Clark Sports Center to hear the baseball's all-time greats deliver their induction speeches. Such ceremonies have drawn 50,000-plus fans in recent years, HOF officials say. Instead a limited capacity will be allowed. The exact number isn't yet clear.
Lawn seating will be FREE as in years past, however, you will need a ticket to attend. The ticket is still FREE but you'll need one to be there. Officials say to get a ticket, fans must log onto baseballhall.org/hof2021starrting at 11:00AM on Monday, July 12. HOF officials say seating areas will be split into area for those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
Meanwhile, the Hall of Fame's Annual Awards Presentation is set still scheduled for July 24 and will be held indoors. At that ceremony, awards including the Ford C. Frick Award, the Career Excellence Award for a baseball writer, and the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award will be handed out.
Below are the recipients of those awards, for both 2020 and 2021:
- 2021 Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence, Al Michaels
- 2020 Frick Award winner, Ken Harrelson
- 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award winner, Dick Kaegel
- 2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner, Nick Cafardo
- 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
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