Baseball HOF to pay tribute to THE SIMPSONS by honoring “Homer at the Bat”

THE SIMPSONS "Homer at the Bat" episode aired 25 years ago on FOX, on Feb. 20, 1992 - and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will pay tribute to THE SIMPSONS’ place in American culture by honoring “Homer at the Bat” on Saturday, May 27 during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.

...[Wade] Boggs and [Ozzie] Smith, who were portrayed in the unforgettable episode that featured Homer Simpson winning the championship softball game for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with a walk-off hit-by-pitch, will join in a roundtable discussion from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside the Library entrance to the Hall of Fame in Cooper Park. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will feature the episode’s executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin, and casting director Bonnie Pietila.

During the roundtable, Homer will be “inducted” into the Hall of Fame. This brief ceremony will be followed with the official ribbon-cutting on a SIMPSONS-themed exhibit display in the Museum. THE SIMPSONS will also be honored prior to the Hall of Fame Classic legends game taking place that afternoon at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.

“In Cooperstown, we salute baseball’s greatest contributors, preserve its vast history and salute the cultural side of the sport. We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat,’” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “THE SIMPSONS has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992. Baseball is recognized as our National Pastime due to its wide intersection with American culture over the last two centuries, evident in literature, theater, language, art, music, film and television. THE SIMPSONS is a perfect example of that connection to Americana.”

Tickets are required for the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic game. Hall of Fame Classic tickets will go on sale to participants in the Museum’s Membership Program at 9 a.m. EST Monday, March 6, and to non-Members on March 13. A maximum of eight tickets are available per transaction. Game tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets will go on sale via phone at 1-877-726-9028 or at Tickets are required for the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic game. Hall of Fame Classic tickets will go on sale to participants in the Museum’s Membership Program at 9 a.m. EST Monday, March 6, and to non-Members on March 13. A maximum of eight tickets are available per transaction. Game tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets will go on sale via phone at 1-877-726-9028 or at www.baseballhall.org

In “Homer at the Bat,” Hall of Famers Smith, Boggs and Ken Griffey Jr. were three of the nine “ringers” brought in by the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, C. Montgomery Burns, to ensure his team’s victory. But almost all of the stars were fated not to play, each having suffered a separate and unique misfortune leading up to the game. The voices of the actual players were used in the episode- which follows.















And you can join in the celebration by ordering a wonderful 'Simpsons Homer at the Bat mini figures set by Playmates' over on Amazon.

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