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  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019

    American Legion Baseball Celebration in Cooperstown March 29-30

    Puts Spotlight on Veterans and Former Legion Players Who Are Enshrined in the Hall of Fame

    Baseball Hall of Fame logoCOOPERSTOWN — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and The American Legion are teaming up to celebrate the Legion’s 100th Anniversary and spotlight Hall of Famers who served in the Armed Forces or who had played Legion Baseball before going on to the major leagues.

    This American Legion Baseball Celebration takes place from 9 a.m. Friday, March 29 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

    Noting that this celebration was one of his commander’s projects, Department Commander Gary Schacher encouraged members of the Legion Family to head to Cooperstown on March 29 and 30.

    He said he would like “to fill the Hall of Fame with Legionnaires, Legion ball players, coaches, former players and our Legion Family.”

    The Hall of Fame announced it would offer special museum programs including:

    Plaques of the Gallery Tour
    Aimed at people of all ages, this program educates visitors about the history of the Hall of Fame gallery and the process by which each plaque is made and installed in this 20-minute guided tour.

    Guided Museum Tours
    These special tours honor military members highlighting artifacts and players that have served their country.

    Artifact Spotlight: Military Artifacts
    Hall of Fame staff members share the stories of some of the artifacts not currently on exhibit. This presentation will highlight items related to baseball and the military.

    Operation Gratitude
    Visitors can honor military personnel and veterans by taking some time out of their visit to write a letter to soldiers and veterans. All letters will be sent to Operation Gratitude.

    See a list of Hall of Famers who played American Legion Baseball (including four being inducted this year: Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Lee Smith.