A Kid's Game: Gary Carter to Appear at Hall of Fame Classic

Legends Game to be Held June 20 at Doubleday Field

June 10, 2010
Hall of Famer Gary Carter will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – He played baseball’s most demanding position with such pride and enthusiasm that they called him “The Kid.”

And on June 20, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter brings that love of the game to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Classic.

Carter, an 11-time All-Star Game selection and a three-time Gold Glove winner at catcher, will suit up on Father’s Day at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown in the Hall of Fame Classic. The second-annual Classic Weekend will also feature fellow Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith, along with 20 other former major league stars in a seven-inning exhibition game, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.

The 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Classic is co-organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Ford Motor Company will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Baseball Hall of Fame Classic.

Carter was one of the National League’s premier catchers of the 1970s and 1980s. He drove in at least 100 runs four times, including an NL-best 106 in 1984, and hit 20-or-more home runs nine times.

After spending his first 11 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, Carter was traded to the New York Mets – where he provided veteran leadership and clutch play to a young team on the verge of greatness. In 1986, Carter’s two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6 of the World Series ignited a legendary rally that saw the Mets come from two runs down to win the game. Two days later, the Mets won Game 7 to capture the Fall Classic.

Carter retired after the 1992 season with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBI. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are available online at baseballhall.org or by calling 1-866-849-7770. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. A $3.50 handling charge per ticket applies to phone and online orders. Phone orders will be taken Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT. The online ordering system at www.baseballhall.org is available 24 hours per day.

Classic Weekend will feature a slate of family friendly activities, highlighted by the return of the Hall of Fame Classic. Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include the Cooperstown Golf Classic fundraiser for the Museum, a reprise of the popular “Family Catch,” the Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players, a special Voices of the Game program, and other special programs throughout the Museum.

Among the 20 other recently retired players already committed to participate in the Classic include former major league stars Kevin Bass, Paul Blair, Brian Boehringer, Bert Campaneris, John Doherty, Dave Fleming, Jay Johnstone, Jeff Kent, Tim Leary, Bill Madlock, Mike Pagliarulo, Dennis Rasmussen, Lee Smith and Rich Surhoff.

The Hall of Fame Classic will be preceded by the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, presented by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the village of Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, beginning at noon on Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field. The Legends Hitting Contest will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Classic at 2 p.m.

On Saturday, June 19, the Museum will present the return of “Family Catch” at Doubleday Field from 12-2 p.m. Beginning at 3 p.m., the Hall of Fame and the MLBPAA will present the Youth Skills Clinic at Doubleday Field, featuring former major league players as instructors. At 7 p.m., the Museum will host a roundtable discussion with the seven Hall of Fame members. Advance registration is required for all events. Please call 607-547-0397 for more information.

For more information on Hall of Fame Classic Weekend events, call 1-888-Hall-of-Fame.

Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.