Derek Jeter fans will get to see the former Yankees captain inducted in person into the Baseball Hall of Fame after all. How many, however, is still up in the air.
The Hall of Fame on Wednesday announced a new date for the Cooperstown induction ceremony — Wednesday, Sept. 8 — but did not say how many tickets it is going to distribute for the ceremony on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center.
The Hall said “a limited number” of free lawn seating tickets will be made available at 11 a.m. on July 12 at baseballhall.org/hof2021.
Jeter was part of the Hall’s Class of 2020 along with Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late union chief Marvin Miller. The 2020 induction ceremony was canceled because of the pandemic and was initially rescheduled as a no-fan, indoor ceremony for July 25. No one was elected in balloting for the class of 2021.
With events opening up in New York and around the country as COVID-19 recedes, the Hall decided to move the ceremony again.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome our Hall of Famers — the living legends — and fans back to Cooperstown to celebrate the induction of the Class of 2020,” Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement. “Returning the induction ceremony to an outdoor event will provide the baseball community with the opportunity to visit Cooperstown and celebrate the Induction of four of the game’s greats.”
As of now, there are plans to have seating areas on Sept. 8 for vaccinated and unvaccinated ticket holders, the Hall said in a news release.
The Hall also announced that its annual awards presentation will remain on July 24 as an indoor, television-only event. The awards presentation will honor Al Michaels, the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence; 2020 Frick winner Ken Harrelson; 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America career excellence award winner Dick Kaegel; 2020 BBWAA career excellence award winner Nick Cafardo; and 2020 Buck O’Neil lifetime achievement award winner David Montgomery.