Hall of Fame names Ozzie Smith as first educational ambassador

Ozzie Smith one of many famous people of baseball from the St. Louis Cardinal organization. The National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce on Tuesday, February 25th, that recently elected HOF member, Ozzie Smith, will be named as the first Educational Ambassador for the HOF. The following is a press release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. To see the release on the HOF web site, follow this link. (COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2003): Less than one year since becoming the 254th inductee to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Ozzie Smith will be introduced on Tuesday, Feb. 25, as the historic institution’s first-ever Education Ambassador. In a 10 a.m. CST program at Parkway West Middle School (2312 Baxter Road in Chesterfield, MO), Smith will help students celebrate the conclusion of Black History Month and the beginning of Women’s History Month with tales of African-American and women pioneers from the archives of the National Pastime. Surrounded by nostalgic baseball equipment, uniforms and full-color banners, Smith will be joined in an interactive multi-media presentation by dozens of students and Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey, who will welcome the former Cardinal to his new role via a live telecast from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Moderating the program with Smith at the school will be Jeff Arnett, the Hall of Fame’s director of Education and Museum Programs. As Education Ambassador – the first in the Hall of Fame’s 64-year history – Smith will represent the Museum’s prominence as an international learning resource for students and teachers. Also during the presentation at Parkway West Middle School, Petroskey will announce the Hall of Fame’s award of a $750,000 appropriation from Congress to conduct distance education and outreach programs with schools throughout the United States. interesting facts about baseball famous black baseball players Following Smith’s stories about legendary players "Cool Papa" Bell, Jackie Robinson, "Buck" O’Neil, Toni Stone, Alta Weiss and Dottie Kamenshek, he will visit with students, sign postcards of his Hall of Fame plaque and provide copies of the commemorative program from his Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown last summer. The backflipping shortstop was the only player enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, earning election on 91.74 percent of the ballots in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Former players Gary Carter and Eddie Murray – the latter a high school teammate of Smith’s – will both be inducted to the Hall of Fame July 27 during Hall of Fame Weekend festivities. The Museum’s introduction of Smith as its official Education Ambassador takes place one day before the Feb. 26 national announcement of any additional electees in voting by the 2003 Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee. Be sure to visit Raymond Mileur’s The St. Louis Cardinal’s Birdhouse web site for the latest information on Cardinal’s baseball.

By Raymond Mileur Published: 2/24/2003
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