Hall of Fame Classic Weekend
Family Entertainment Highlights Memorial Day Weekend in Cooperstown
What: The sixth annual Hall of Fame Classic will begin at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 at Doubleday Field. The legends game features Hall of Famers and recently retired stars. A Home Run Derby will be held at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field (Hall of Fame Classic ticket required for entry), and the Cooperstown Game Day Parade will be held at noon on Main Street (open to the public).
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.
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.
Night at the Museum (Sold Out)
A two-hour exclusive opportunity to meet and greet former big leaguers and one hour (7 p.m. - 8 p.m.) with Hall of Fame members (remember to bring your cameras; this is not an autograph session).
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the third annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run and competitive 10k events -- on Saturday, May 24 – starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and featuring new courses that wind through scenic Cooperstown and along the warning track of the historic ballpark. The race events benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.
Fans are encouraged to support their favorite major league team as part of the 2014 BASE Race, as selected former major league players will be a part of the race activities, as the lead-off event to a full day of programming for the Hall of Fame Classic on May 24.
Registration for the 2014 BASE Race is $25 and $50 for families. 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. On race day, registration will be $40 for individuals and $65 for families. Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 607-547-0397.
Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for BASE, the Hall of Fame’s newest educational initiative which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Complete information of the BASE program is available through a comprehensive white paper, featuring detailed data on the use of performance-enhancing substances and the fundraising objectives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, online at baseballhall.org/BASE.
The BASE Race will be part of a new Hall of Fame Classic Weekend lineup as the Museum celebrates the longstanding link between baseball and the military during Memorial Day Weekend. Six Hall of Fame legends will be joined by a roster of more than three dozen former major league players for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 24 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. The 2014 Hall of Fame Classic is presented by Ford Motor Company.