Homer Simpson will receive one of his biggest honors yet when he is “inducted” into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
A 1992 baseball episode of The Simpsons, featuring Major League stars like Wage Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Roger Clemens and Ken Griffey Jr., is being honored on its 25th anniversary during a special weekend in May. Hall of Fame Classic Weekend will celebrate the “Homer at the Bat” episode with a round table discussion featuring Boggs, Smith and some of the show’s producers and writers.
The Hall will also have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Simpsons-themed exhibit. The Hall of Fame’s president Jeff Idelson said, “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.”