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Jim Rice will have his Hall of Fame Induction taken to the streets this summer

Jim Rice’s Road to the Hall Event Announced

Charity Hop creates a “Caravan to Cooperstown”

Boston baseball fans and Jim Rice supporters will convoy from Boston, MA to Cooperstown, NY for a one-of-a-kind event. Attendees will camp out overnight on a professional ballfield, watch (and even play) some baseball, and witness Jim Rice being inaugurated into The National Baseball Hall of Fame.

This is an officially licensed event by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and 
Jim Rice is actively participating. The Lowell Spinners (Boston area) and Oneonta Tigers (Cooperstown area), both members of the NY-Penn League, will co-host.

When: Induction Weekend – July 25-26, 2009

Where: Departing Lowell, Massachusetts and arriving in Cooperstown, New York

Saturday, July 25

  • Depart from LeLacheur Stadium. Home of the Lowell Spinners, Single-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
  • Cars and buses flag their car roofs with “Jim Rice Road to the Hall” and line up to convoy all the way to Cooperstown, NY.
  • Attend the Oneonta Tigers vs. Tri-City ValleyCats game at Doubleday Field.
  • Attend a picnic dinner, hosted by Subway.
  • Watch or participate in a pick-up baseball game and homerun derby on 
Damaschke Field, minor league field in the NY-Penn League.
  • Camp out overnight on the field & enjoy baseball movies on the big screen.

Sunday, July 26

  • Wake up to breakfast, hosted by Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • Enjoy beverages, provided by Vitaminwater.
  • Head to Clark Sports Center for the Class of 2009 Induction Ceremony, which includes Jim Rice, Joe Gordon and Rickey Henderson.
  • Receive a complimentary pass to tour Hall of Fame as part of ticket package.
  • Receive a commemorative t-shirt, designed by

Return back to Lowell, Massachusetts that evening, with a special thanks to 
Jay Pince Tours for assistance with travel accommodations. For those not wishing to drive in the convoy, bus seats are $60 round trip.

Camping out is encouraged, but limited hotel rooms are available, first-come, first-served. A portion of proceeds from the event will help support The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation.


“I appreciate all the support from the fans of Boston over the years and I hope you will take this opportunity to join me in Cooperstown.” – Jim Rice, HOF 2009

“Red Sox fans everywhere will want to be in Cooperstown July 25 and 26 to watch Jim Rice cap his incredible career with his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any baseball fan.” – Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

“The Lowell Spinners are once again excited to partner with Jim Rice, and thrilled he is heading to Cooperstown where he belongs. We are proud to be a part of this amazing 
Road to the Hall event.” – Tim Bawmann, General Manager, Lowell Spinners

“We are extremely excited to be part of such a unique event taking place on one of the best weekends in baseball.   This will be an unforgettable experience culminating with the induction of a Boston legend.” – Andrew Weber, General Manager, Oneonta Tigers

About The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

As a not-for-profit educational institution, independent of Major League Baseball, the National Baseball Hall of Fame strives to deepen everyone’s understanding of Baseball and its significant role in American culture. The NBHOF collects artifacts, works of art, music, literature, and photographs significant to the history of The Game; They preserve, document, and catalog their valuable collections; They educate through exhibits; They instruct school children through innovative programs in math, science, communications, history, and economics.

About The New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation

The New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation was created at the 2002 Baseball Winter Meetings to capture the collective efforts of its clubs for the purpose of enhancing the lives of fans in each of the 14 communities hosting New York-Penn League clubs and the lives of those affiliated with baseball.

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