COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is canceling its annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend due to health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Board of Directors voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 events and reschedule for July 25, 2021.
“Induction Weekend is a celebration of our National Pastime and its greatest legends, and while we are disappointed to cancel this incredibly special event, the Board of Directors’ overriding concern is the health and well-being of our new inductees, our Hall of Fame members, our wonderful fans and the hundreds of staff it takes to present the weekend’s events in all of its many facets,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We care deeply about every single person who visits Cooperstown.”
The Class of 2020 includes Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker. These honorees will be inducted next year along with any new members elected as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
“Being inducted into the Hall of Fame will be an incredible honor, but the health and safety of everyone involved are paramount,” said Jeter. “I respect and support the decision to postpone this year’s enshrinement and am looking forward to joining current Hall of Famers, fans, staff and my family and friends in Cooperstown in 2021.”
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has been closed to the public since March.
The Hall of Fame has held an Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown every year since 1961.
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NEWSChannel 2's Spencer Davidson spoke with Baseball Hall of Fame President Tim Mead, to discuss the announcement. Click on the video above to hear what he had to say.