Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
Join us in Cooperstown to meet the legends of baseball and celebrate your love of America's pastime. Over four dozen Baseball Hall of Famers and 1000's of visitors return to Cooperstown every year to honor the newest inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The weekend is packed with festivities including an induction ceremony, award presentation, the parade of legends, roundtable discussions, and even the opportunity to meet and play ball with some of baseballs greats. Come to Cooperstown, where dreams can come true!
2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to the Class of 2017: Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Iván Rodríguez, Bud Selig and John Schuerholz joined their fellow baseball greats as members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July, 2017.
This dynamo first basemen spent his entire career playing for the Houston Astros. A member of the "Killer B's" lineup, Bagwell was voted the National League Most Valuable Player in 1994, won 3 Silver Slugger Awards, 4 MLB All-Star designations, and a Rawlings Golden Glove.
Raines, also known as 'the Rock,' stole 808 bases (the most of anyone not in the Hall of Fame) during his career and is one of baseball's most celebrated leadoff hitters and baserunners. He spent 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos, was 1986 National League batting champion, and won seven All-Star designations and four stolen base championships.
Rodríguez appeared in more games as a catcher — 2427 over 21 seasons — than any player in big league history. A 14-time All-Star Game selection, Rodríguez played for the Rangers, Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Astros and Nationals and won a record 13 Gold Glove Awards, was named the 2003 NLCS MVP, and led the Marlins to the World Series title.
Throughout 23 years as MLB's commissioner, Selig guided baseball through some of the most significant changes in the game's history. Under Selig, MLB enjoyed 20-plus years of labor peace following the 1994-95 strike and experienced a ballpark boom that featured almost two dozen new stadiums. Selig retired Jackie Robinson's No. 42 throughout baseball in 1997, oversaw the league's expansion into three divisions per league along with the postseason addition of the Wild Cards and helped establish the toughest anti-drug measures in all of sport.
The architect of state-of-the-art teams in both Kansas City and Atlanta, Schuerholz switched careers in his mid-20s – going from middle school teacher to front office executive. He became the youngest general manager in baseball in 1981 with the Royals, fine-tuning the roster into the club that would win the 1985 World Series. Moving to Atlanta in 1990, Schuerholz quickly turned the Braves into a National League powerhouse, winning five NL pennants and the 1995 World Series from 1991-99 – making him the first GM in history to capture World Series titles in both leagues.
Where to Stay During Induction Weekend
Lodging in the Village of Cooperstown can be extremely limited during Hall of Fame Weekend, so be sure to browse accommodations a short drive away in communities like Oneonta or Richfield Springs.