‘The Simpsons’ to be honored at Baseball Hall of Fame for 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’
Homer Simpson is going to Cooperstown.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” in May, 25 years after the baseball-themed episode “Homer at the Bat.”
The February 1992 episode — which included guest appearances by MLB superstars Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Ozzie Smith, Roger Clemens, Steve Sax, Jose Canseco, Don Mattingly, Darryl Strawberry and Mike Scioscia — featured Homer Simpson winning the championship softball game for the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with a walk-off hit-by-pitch.
Boggs, Griffey and Smith are all in the Hall — in non-cartoon form.
“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,’ ” Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, said in a press release.
“ ‘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.”
The event will include a roundtable discussion with Boggs, Smith, executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, executive story editor Jeff Martin and casting director Bonnie Pietila.
“When I struck out in tee-ball, I never dreamed I’d make it to the Hall of Fame,” Jean said. “It shows what not following your dreams can do.”
The roundtable discussion will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on May 27 outside the Library entrance to the Hall of Fame in Cooper Park, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “Simpsons”-themed display exhibit in the museum.
The Home Run Derby begins at noon at Doubleday Field, followed by the Hall of Fame classic game with six Hall of Famers and recently retired players.