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03/29/2004 6:46 PM ET
James Earl Jones headlines 15th anniversary salute to 'Field of Dreams' in Cooperstown
Legendary actor to discuss role in baseball films in exclusive friends event, April 17
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Legendary actor James Earl Jones will be the featured guest of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, April 17 in Cooperstown, as the Museum hosts a 15th anniversary salute to "Field of Dreams," an event exclusively held for Friends of the Hall of Fame members.

At 6 p.m., Mr. Jones will discuss his role as Terence Mann in the baseball classic, as well as his roles in two other baseball films, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" and "The Sandlot." The discussion, an installment in the Museum's popular Legends Series, will be hosted and moderated by national movie critic Jeffrey Lyons, and will take place in the Museum's Grandstand Theater. A photo opportunity with Mr. Jones immediately follows at 7 p.m. in the Grandstand Theater, and a dessert reception will be held in the Hall of Fame Gallery at 7:30 p.m.

Beginning April 5, tickets will be available for the evening events for Friends of the Hall of Fame members only, by calling 607-547-0397. Tickets are $5 per person, and tickets are required for both adults and children. Seating is limited.

The Museum will host an entire day of programming on Saturday, April 17, to coincide with Mr. Jones' appearance. At 2 p.m., author Stephen Wood will discuss and sign copies of his recent book, "Reel Baseball: Essays and Interviews on the National Pastime, Hollywood and the American Culture." Throughout the day, the Museum will show the three baseball films featuring Mr. Jones, airing "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings" at 10 a.m., "The Sandlot" at 12 noon, and "Field of Dreams" at 3 p.m. Each of the films will be shown in the Hall of Fame's Bullpen Theater, and admission is free with Museum admission.

The Friends of the Hall of Fame program is the official membership program of the 65-year-old non-profit, educational institution, and helps the Museum fulfill its mission of preserving history, honoring excellence and connecting generations. Friends members receive great benefits from the Hall of Fame year-round, including free admission to the Museum for the year, a subscription to the Hall of Fame's enriching quarterly magazine, Memories and Dreams, access for special members-only events, such as the James Earl Jones appearance, a copy of the annual Hall of Fame yearbook and much more. The 2004 membership program features Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

With more than 300 programming events each year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located on Main Street in the heart of picturesque Cooperstown, N.Y., is one of the country's major tourist destinations and is surely the best-known sports shrine in the world. Opening its doors for the first time on June 12, 1939, the Hall of Fame has stood as the definitive repository of the game's treasures and as a symbol of the most profound individual honor bestowed on an athlete. It is every fan's "Field of Dreams" with its stories, legends and magic to be passed on from generation to generation.

Open seven days a week the year-round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, the Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. during the off-season, and from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Ticket prices are $9.50 for adults (13 and over), $8 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships is the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $4 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge, and there is no charge for children six years and younger. Active and retired card-carrying military personnel are admitted free. For more information, visit, or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME.

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