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Rod Carew Celebrates Character and Courage in Cooperstown Oct. 8

September 20, 2011

Rod Carew Celebrates Character and Courage

in Cooperstown Oct. 8

Hall of Fame Hosts Weekend Honoring Baseball and Contributions to the Military;

Voices of the Game Event Features Former Marine Reservist and Legendary Hall of Famer

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Rod Carew didn’t let anything get in the way of his pursuit of 3,000 career hits.

But for several seasons during his career, the future Hall of Famer put down his bat and glove and took up defense of his country as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. It was all just a part of a career that defined Character and Courage, and Carew will share memories from that career Columbus Day Weekend in Cooperstown at the Hall of Fame’s annual tribute to baseball’s heroes.

As part of its fourth-annual salute to Character and Courage, the Hall of Fame will present programming dedicated to those qualities, highlighted by an 11 a.m. Voices of the Game event with Rod Carew in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater on Saturday, Oct. 8. This year’s Character and Courage Weekend celebration, Oct. 8-10, is dedicated to baseball and its contributions to the military, and Carew will discuss his career and take questions from the audience during the Voices of the Game event.

“It’s always a thrill to come back to Cooperstown, but especially so for an event like Character and Courage Weekend,” said Carew, a 1991 Hall of Fame inductee who makes annual pilgrimages to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend. “I am honored to represent all the men and women from baseball’s family who have served in the military.”

Carew’s military obligation cost him more than two dozen games in several seasons as he served his commitment to the Marine Corps Reserve. He spent six years in the Marines in the late 1960s as a combat engineer.

But when he returned to the diamond, Carew made up for lost time with an uncanny ability to hit the baseball. He crafted a .328 career batting average en route to seven American League batting titles in a 10-year stretch from 1969-78. Over his 19-year big league career with the Twins and Angels, Carew amassed 18 All-Star Game selections and 3,053 hits. He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1967, and 10 years later won the AL Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .388 while leading the league with 239 hits.

A ticket is required for the Oct. 8 Voices of the Game event featuring Rod Carew and costs $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available to participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership program immediately by calling 607-547-0397, and any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, Oct. 3.

As part of Character and Courage Weekend, the Hall of Fame will present Character and Courage in Action – where fans can nominate a young member of their community whose efforts in benefitting others represents outstanding character and exemplary courage, in the spirit of three Hall of Fame legends: Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson.

Nominations are open to anyone 18 and under and a current full-time student from the central New York area. Nominations must provide an essay statement featuring a detailed description of the community service and examples of the young person’s sense of character, courage, leadership, organization and service. Nominations can be sent by mail – Character and Courage in Action, Education Department, Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY, 13326 – or via the Hall of Fame’s Web site at www.baseballhall.org/character no later than Monday, Oct. 3.

The Hall of Fame will select examples of Character and Courage in Action from the following counties: Albany, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie.

Character and Courage in Action winners will be invited to a special reception on Saturday, Oct. 8 with Hall of Famer Rod Carew as part of the Hall of Fame’s Salute to Character and Courage Weekend.

For more information on these programs, please visit www.baseballhall.org .

In 2008, the Hall of Fame dedicated the Character and Courage statues in the Museum’s foyer. The statues, which depict Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson, celebrate character and courage in baseball and in life, reflecting the achievements of Clemente, Gehrig and Robinson as beacons of these characteristics. Made possible through a gift of Hall of Fame supporter Bob Crotty, the statues are a permanent Museum exhibit.

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. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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