COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Due to the ongoing safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, today, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced their annual signature events: Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, which takes place over the Memorial Day Weekend, and Induction Weekend, which takes place in late July have been canceled.
Even though the Baseball Hall of Fame canceled “Hall of Fame Classic Weekend,” the Hall is moving forward with plans for their July 25 Induction Ceremony. However, it is going to look a bit different this year. It was announced that there would be no fans in attendance since the “Presentation and Induction Ceremony as television events taking place indoors and adhering to all of the required New York State guidelines.
Since this year, no one had reached the necessary threshold to be inducted into the Hall of Fame; the 2021 Induction Ceremony will honor the Class of 2020: Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons, and Larry Walker. Being honored during the Awards Presentation will be 2021 Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence, Al Michaels, and the 2020 Frick Award winner, Ken Harrelson; the 2021 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner for baseball writing, Dick Kaegel, and the 2020 BBWAA Award winner, Nick Cafardo; and the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
“Though we are having to cancel our 2021 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, the Hall of Fame is maintaining its commitment to hold an Induction Ceremony on July 25,” said Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We had hoped to be in a position to welcome loyal baseball fans back to Cooperstown for Induction Weekend, but with the continuing uncertainties created by COVID-19, the Board of Directors has decided not to hold Induction Weekend ceremonies at the traditional Clark Sports Center location. We have prepared alternative plans to conduct our annual Awards Presentation and Induction Ceremony as television events taking place indoors and adhering to all of the required New York State guidelines.”