Banana Ball at the Hall
The National Baseball Hall of Fame will document that history with a new exhibit and welcome the Bananas to Cooperstown in a Friday, Sept. 15, event at the Museum the night before the Bananas’ final game of their 2023 World Tour at Doubleday Field.
The Museum will host Banana Ball at the Hall, a special event beginning at 5 p.m. on Sept. 15 that will include the opening of a new exhibit display dedicated to the Bananas and a meet-and-greet-experience for fans.
Following the unveiling of the Bananas display with a ribbon-cutting event, members of the Bananas and the Party Animals, their opponents on their World Tour, will be stationed throughout the Museum in a meet-and-greet experience for fans.
The Banana Ball at the Hall event will run until 7 p.m. on Sept. 15, and will be available to all guests with Museum admission. Advance tickets for the Museum on Sept. 15. can be purchased by clicking here and are recommended as the event is expected to sell out.
A ticket to the Sept. 16 game at Doubleday Field, which is sold out, is not required for entry to Banana Ball at the Hall. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will be open extended hours until 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The Cooperstown Trolley will feature special hours Sept. 15-16, with visitors encouraged to use the Red, Blue and Yellow lots on the edge of the village. The trolley will be in service from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Daily trolley passes, which are $2.50 per person, with children under 5 free, are available from the trolley driver, cash only. Daily passes may also be purchased with a credit or debit card at convenient kiosks located in the trolley parking lots or in front of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Savannah Bananas began play in the Coastal Plain League in 2016 before launching Banana Ball, which is played under modified rules, in 2020. Banana Ball features a two-hour time limit, no stepping out of the batter’s box or mound visits and no bunting as well as the recording of an out when a fan catches a batted foul ball.
The team has sold out every game at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Ga., for six straight years, and has sold out every game during their 2023 World Tour.
For the game at Doubleday Field, which begins at 1 p.m. on Sept. 16, the Bananas will face off against their rival, the Party Animals. The Bananas and Party Animals rosters will be filled by independent professional players who have been scouted, tried out, and signed contracts for the 2023 Banana Ball World Tour. The Bananas have been featured across the globe for everything from playing a game in kilts, using a Dancing First Base Coach, the Banana Nanas Dance Team, the first ever baseball player to wear stilts, a Banana Pep Band, breakdancing players, and a whole lot more.