Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick Are The Hall’s 2011 Inductees
Coverage to Begin Live this Sunday, July 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Secaucus, N.J. and Cooperstown, N.Y., July 20, 2011 – Twelve-time All-Star Roberto Alomar, 287-game winner Bert Blyleven and former Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies general manager Pat Gillick will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on Sunday, July 24 in a ceremony airing live exclusively on MLB Network.
Coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with a pre-ceremony show live from MLB Network’s studios, hosted by Greg Amsinger and Baseball Writers’ Association of America members and Hall of Fame voters Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci. The pre-ceremony show will include interviews by Bob Costas with Alomar, Blyleven and Gillick, live interviews with guests on-site, and highlights from the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends.
MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, winner of the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing, Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian will join with live coverage from Cooperstown, including interviews with Hall of Famers in attendance and special features on this year’s inductees.
Live coverage of the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET, including each inductee’s acceptance speech, an appearance by Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, and introductions of an expected 49 returning Hall of Famers, including Hank Aaron, George Brett and Sandy Koufax. MLB Network will make footage of the ceremony available live via satellite on July 24. Additional details on the satellite feed will be sent to media from MLB Network.
Leading into its live coverage on July 24, MLB Network will air the 2011 Hall of Fame Awards Presentation at 11:30 a.m. ET. The presentation, which will be held on Saturday, June 23 in Cooperstown, will honor longtime Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins announcer Dave Van Horne, who will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting; Philadelphia Daily News national baseball columnist Bill Conlin, who will receive the J.G. Taylor Spink Award; and veteran baseball executive Roland Hemond, who will receive the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
MLB Network’s live coverage of the Induction Ceremony will be simulcast online on MLB.com and BaseballHall.org. The ceremony will also be available on MLB Network in Puerto Rico, as well as simulcast throughout Canada on Rogers Sportsnet.
Founded in 1936, the National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed its first class that year and opened its doors to the public three years later. The Hall of Fame’s 2011 election results were announced on January 5 live from MLB Network’s studios for the third consecutive year and aired exclusively on MLB Network and online at MLB.com.
MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds, Al Leiter and Peter Gammons. MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in approximately 57 million cable, telco TV and satellite homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.