May 28, 2020

Hall of Fame Debuts Starting Nine Experience Online, at Museum in Cooperstown

The National Pastime’s perfect number has come to Cooperstown: Nine innings, nine fielders – and now the Starting Nine experience at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Hall of Fame is introducing Starting Nine: The Must-See Artifacts from Your Team for Museum visitors in 2020. This team-themed experience highlights nine amazing pieces for each team among the vast collection of tens of thousands of treasured artifacts preserved in Cooperstown.

“Starting Nine personalizes the Museum experience to each visitor’s own memories, keying in on unique pieces from the Hall of Fame’s immense collection of the game’s history,” said Tim Mead, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We want fans of every team to say, ‘Wow! You have that?’”

The Museum’s curators spent countless hours mining the collection for special objects that represent each major league team, providing a new and extraordinary visitor experience tailored to each baseball fan. A lineup card – available at the Hall of Fame or on its mobile website – identifies nine must-see artifacts for each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams.

Starting Nine will ensure that visitors don’t miss a single must-see item for their team during their visit to the Museum.

From the helmet Cal Ripken Jr. wore during his 2,130th consecutive game played to the spikes that sparked the end to a franchise’s 86-year title drought, or the bat used to hit a World Series-clinching home run, the Baseball Hall of Fame Starting Nine experience has the must-sees for fans of every team – with visitors able to stand inches from iconic pieces of baseball history.

“So many baseball fans have the Baseball Hall of Fame on their ‘bucket lists.’ This is a great reason to finally make that visit to beautiful Cooperstown,” Mead said.

With a mix of iconic moments and items that will surprise even veteran Museum visitors, the Baseball Hall of Fame Starting Nine helps fans discover the Museum’s treasures that will connect them back to their own experiences.

The Baseball Hall of Fame Starting Nine will be available for a limited time from late March through December 2020. Fans can follow the Baseball Hall of Fame’s social media channels, @baseballhall, as each team’s Starting Nine list is revealed, one per weekday, from Feb. 17 through MLB’s Opening Day on March 26.

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. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 for adults (13 and over), $20 for seniors (65 and over) and $15 for juniors (ages 7-12) and $18 for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.