Players’ service celebrated

COOPERSTOWN — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates Hall of Famers’ service to their country year-round in the iconic Plaque Gallery.

And on Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will partner with the state Division of Veterans’ Affairs to offer all military veterans free admission to the home of baseball in Cooperstown.

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans will be admitted to the museum free of charge with proof of veteran status that includes one of the following:

∫ U.S. Department of Defense Form 214.

∫ United States Department of Veterans Affairs ID card.

∫ New York state driver’s license with veteran distinguishing mark.

Twenty-year career retired military and active duty military receive free museum admission every day the Hall of Fame is open, and all veterans receive discounted admission on all days as well.

“It is our honor to celebrate veterans’ service to our country every day at the Hall of Fame, and we are especially pleased to offer free admission to all veterans on Wednesday with the assistance of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs,” said Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Baseball and the military have shared a common past for nearly as long as the United States has been a nation, and the story of baseball could not be told without the sacrifice of veterans both on and off the field.”

Sixty-eight of the 323 hall of famers interrupted their baseball careers for military service, and each is recognized with a medallion below their plaque in the museum’s plaque gallery.

The state Division of Veterans Affairs will have staff available at the hall of fame all day on Wednesday to inform veterans and their families about the federal and state benefits that they have earned and to help them file claims and appeals for those benefits.