Perpetual plaque listing PBATS’ own Hall of Fame inductees to hang in Giamatti Research Center in Cooperstown
Cooperstown, NY (April 27, 2023) — The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) has been recognized for athletic trainers’ significant contributions to the game of baseball with the unveiling of a “perpetual plaque” in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The display, which was unveiled on April 26th, 2023, celebrates the essential role that athletic trainers play in the success of professional baseball teams and the health and well-being of players.
PBATS was founded in 1983 and is the leading professional society for athletic trainers in Major League Baseball (MLB). The society provides educational opportunities and professional development for its members, as well as advocating for the health and safety of players and the public.
“We are honored to have PBATS recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum,” said PBATS President Ron Porterfield. “Our members work tirelessly to ensure that players are able to perform at their best, and this plaque is a testament to the important role that athletic trainers play in the success of the game.”
The plaque was unveiled during a special ceremony at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum attended by many former PBATS presidents and important members and representatives from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The plaque features the PBATS logo and a tribute to the organization’s own Hall of Famers and all members who have worked tirelessly to provide the highest quality health care for the athletes of Major League Baseball.
“Our mission is to document the history of our great game, and athletic trainers have long played a critical role in that regard,” said Josh Rawitch, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We also seek to connect generations, and we are proud that fans will have the opportunity to visit our Research Center and see the names of those who have helped keep our Hall of Famers – and so many big leaguers – on the field.”
The plaque honoring PBATS will be on display in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Giamatti Research Center, which features millions of documents, newspaper clippings and important baseball items.
For more information about PBATS and its mission, visit pbats.com.
The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) is an organization dedicated to the advancement, education, and certification of the athletic training profession. PBATS serves as the medical services resource to Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs. PBATS provides educational opportunities and professional development to its members to ensure the highest quality of health care for the baseball community.
Communications Manager, PBATS