PLAN YOUR TRIP TO COOPERSTOWN
All-Stars Abound For Memorial Day Weekend at Baseball Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday
— Remaining tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday for Legends Game featuring six Hall of Famers, 30 former major leaguers —
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – One day after President Obama’s visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the village of Cooperstown is bustling once again in preparation for Saturday’s Baseball Hall of Fame Classic, as six Hall of Famers and 30 recently retired major league stars take to Doubleday Field to lead off the summer tourism season.
The 30 former major leaguers account for 69 combined All-Star Game selections. And if the former All-Stars need a little help, they can call on six Hall of Famers – all of whom know their way around Cooperstown.
The sixth annual Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, brings legends to life and celebrates the National Pastime. Players will be announced by American League and National League representatives on Saturday, before Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith divide the teams and put on display their managerial prowess. The Knucksies and The Wizards will have coaching support from Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers and Eddie Murray.
The starting lineups will be announced on Saturday morning. Game rosters represent each of the 30 major league teams as the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic has been fueled by the assistance of Major League Baseball in the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The lineup for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic features players who represent two Most Valuable Player Awards, three Cy Young Awards, three World Series MVPs, two All-Star Game MVPs, a combined 69 All-Star Game selections, 18 Gold Glove Awards, and a member of the 600 Home Run Club.
American League representatives: Brady Anderson (Orioles), Eddie Guardado (Mariners), David Eckstein (Angels), Adam Everett (Astros), Alex Gonzalez (Blue Jays), Scott Hatteberg (A’s), Todd Jones (Tigers), Pedro Martinez (Red Sox), Hideki Matsui (Yankees), Carl Pavano (Twins), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Mike Sweeney (Royals), Jim Thome (Indians) and Dan Wheeler (Rays).
National League representatives: Marlon Anderson (Phillies), Edgardo Alfonzo (Mets), Steve Avery (Braves), Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Brady Clark (Brewers), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Steve Garvey (Dodgers), Luis Gonzalez (Diamondbacks), Gary Thurman (Nationals), Todd Hollandsworth (Cubs), Mark Kotsay (Padres), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Kirk Rueter (Giants), Reggie Sanders (Reds) and Jack Wilson (Pirates).
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic will be available at 8 a.m. on game day at the Doubleday Field parking lot. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. The game will be preceded at 12 noon by the Cooperstown Game Day Parade on Main Street. Classic ticket holders will have access to the Home Run Derby, which begins at 1 p.m., featuring Brady Anderson, Brady Clark, Alex Gonzalez, Todd Hollandsworth, Kerry Robinson and Jim Thome. First pitch of the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.
A weekend of sold-out events begins today that includes the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic, featuring Hall of Fame Classic players and Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association members providing on-field instruction for children ages 7-12 at Doubleday Field. Instructors will include Marlon Anderson, David Eckstein, Mark Kotsay and Aaron Rowand of the Classic roster and Joe Bennett, Dave Criscione, Brian Fisher and Steve Grilli of the MLBPAA.
The Museum’s BASE Race, celebrating healthy living, will start Saturday’s festivities with the 10K race beginning at 8 a.m. and the 5K race starting at 8:15 a.m. Both races will start and conclude at Doubleday Field, and Classic players Jeff Conine, Adam Everett, Mark Kotsay, Jim Thome and Gary Thurman will cheer on the runners on the course at Doubleday Field. Race-day registration is $40 for individuals and $65 for families and begins at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday at Doubleday Field. Each registered runner will receive a T-shirt (for the first 300 runners to register), goodie bag, a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic and an admission ticket to the Museum valid on May 24.
Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic will also feature several musical performances, including:
The Star-Spangled Banner, performed by 2014 Cooperstown High School graduate Taylor Bayes
God Bless America, performed by America Idol contestant Kaitlyn Jackson, a native of nearby Norwich, N.Y.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame, performed by Issac Brock, lead singer of the group Modest Mouse
The Hall of Fame will also welcome more than 1,000 soldiers and families from Fort Drum, N.Y. The 10th Mountain Division will present the Color Guard for the 2014 Classic.
For more information on Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, please visit http://www.baseballhall.org/hofclassic.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.
If you’ve never been to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, I highly recommend that you plan your trip ASAP. Cooperstown is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
I’ve been twice. Here’s a photo from the first time…