Cricket and Baseball Exploration Coming to Cooperstown

By Brad Horn

Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara have led India and Sri Lanka, respectively, into this week’s World Cup Final, as cricket fans from around the globe will be turning their sights to Mumbai for this riveting Final, scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. EDT on Saturday, April 2.

Just 36 hours earlier, on Thursday, March 31, the first games of the 2011 Major League Baseball season will be concluding as Opening Day is celebrated by baseball fans across the country and around the world. Derek Jeter and Miguel Cabrera are slated to lead the Yankees and Tigers to the first season opener, with first pitch slated for 1:09 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Two of the world’s most popular sports and its most popular stars are taking center stage this week, and in Cooperstown, at the home of baseball at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, we are brushing up on both pastimes in preparation for an April like none ever before.

This month, the Museum will open the exhibit Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect, the first major Museum exhibit dedicated to exploring the roots of both sports and their relationship. Created in conjunction with the Marylebone Cricket Club of London, the exhibit is making its only appearance in North America at the Hall of Fame, on display beginning April 16 through the end of 2011.

The exhibit opened to rave reviews last summer at MCC – the most famous cricket club in the world – and now makes its way to the most sacred of landscapes for baseball fans…Cooperstown. The exhibit will celebrate the passion and history of both sports, in this unique exploration of history, culture and heroism.

A soft opening of the cricket and baseball exploration will take place on April 16, as we have some wonderful special guests from Haverford College and elsewhere scheduled to be with us on Sunday, April 17 to give visitors a taste of cricket in action.

We are finalizing a weekend of programs for June 3-5, dubbed “Cricket Weekend” in Cooperstown, so that we can share with so many fans of both sports the excitement and pageantry of Cricket in demonstrative and educational ways.

The world is abuzz with the best of cricket and baseball this week. Plan now to delve deeper into the history of both sports this spring and summer in Cooperstown.

Brad Horn is the senior director of communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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