2013 Hall of Fame Classic Features Baseball’s Biggest Stars on New Memorial Day Weekend Date

Cooperstown’s Legends Game Returns to Doubleday Field on May 25 with Tribute to Nation’s Military; Ticket Packages for Hall of Fame Classic First Available Feb. 12

February 05, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The historic bond between our nation’s military and the National Pastime will be celebrated in Cooperstown during Memorial Day Weekend.

And the connection of baseball’s storied history with the annual Hall of Fame Classic will be easier than ever for fans to enjoy with new game-and-Museum ticket packages available for the first time during the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, to be held May 24-26.

The legends of the game will return to baseball’s hometown for the Hall of Fame Classic, which moves to a new date on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the annual Hall of Fame Classic Weekend with the participation of six Hall of Fame members highlighting the Hall of Fame Classic, presented by the Ford Motor Company, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Fans can experience Classic Weekend through two packages available for the first time in 2013:

  • Baseball’s Past and Present will feature a baseline ticket on either the first- or third-base side to the Hall of Fame Classic and a one-day Museum admission pass for just $25, a savings of $7 off the regular rate. 
  • Let’s Play Two features a baseline ticket on either the first- or third-base side to the Classic and entry to “Night at the Museum,” a two-hour exclusive opportunity to meet and greet Hall of Famers and other former big leaguers from 7-9 p.m. at the Hall of Fame. Let’s Play Two is available for $50 per person. 

Classic Weekend will feature the return of several family favorites as well as new programs sure to thrill baseball fans of all ages. The highlight of the Weekend will be the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game featuring six Hall of Famers and 20 other retired major league stars, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. 

Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include a Hall of Fame golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum; the Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players; the Cooperstown Game Day Parade; an outdoor showing of the movie The Sandlot; a member photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members; curator-led talks on the history of Doubleday Field; a family photo opportunity at Doubleday Field; the exclusive Night at the Museum fan experience with Hall of Famers and other former major leaguers; and other unique programs throughout the Museum. 

“Over the last half-decade, The Hall of Fame Classic has established itself as a beloved Cooperstown tradition, and we are proud to celebrate the longstanding link between baseball and the military on Memorial Day Weekend,” said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. “With the support of the Ford Motor Company, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the fans and the entire Cooperstown community, the Hall of Fame Classic has become a favorite for fans and players alike.” 

Preliminary rosters of the six Hall of Fame legends and more than 20 other former major leaguers will be announced this spring. The 2013 Hall of Fame Classic will once again be staged in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. 

Ticket packages for the 2013 Hall of Fame Classic will first be available on Tuesday, Feb. 12 online at www.baseballhall.org or via phone at 1-877-726-9028, beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. 

Tickets are only available via phone or online and will not be sold at the Museum in Cooperstown. 

The 2013 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, including the Hall of Fame Classic, will be presented by Ford Motor Company for the fifth straight season. 

The Hall of Fame Classic will be once again 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 May 25 on Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field. Following the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, the Legends Hitting Contest will be held at Doubleday Field at 1 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Classic at 2 p.m. 

Classic Weekend gets under way at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 24 with the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic featuring instruction for players 7-12 from former big leaguers at Doubleday Field. Hosted in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the Clinic gives youth participants a chance to learn hands-on training from several former major league stars. The event concludes with an autograph session for participants. Registration is free, but limited and begins Feb. 12 by calling 607-547-0397. 

Following the Skills Clinic on May 24, a free screening of The Sandlot will be held in Cooper Park adjacent to the Museum in Cooperstown. 

The Hall of Fame Member Photo opportunity will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 at Doubleday Field. Fans can have their photo taken with Hall of Famers in the outfield at Doubleday Field. A $50 donation in support of the Museum’s programs will be accepted. 

Ballpark Talks will also be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 25 and repeated every half hour through 11 a.m. These 20-minute informational sessions located in the Doubleday Field grandstand and hosted by a Hall of Fame curator will explore the history of Cooperstown’s historic ballpark. 

From 9:45 to 11:15 a.m., the Family Photo opportunity will be held in front of Doubleday Field as a Museum photographer will provide an email keepsake of the Hall of Fame Classic Experience. The Family Photo opportunity is free for those holding a Hall of Fame Classic ticket. 

Following the Hall of Fame Classic, Doubleday Field will play host to the popular Family Catch from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Family Catch is free for all Hall of Fame Classic ticket holders, though advance registration is required and spaces are limited. 

The new Night at the Museum program will cap the day on May 25 with two hours of interaction with the game’s heroes inside the Hall of Fame. The Night at the Museum experience is available only through purchasing Hall of Fame Classic ticket packages. 

The fourth annual Cooperstown Golf Classic on Sunday, May 26 will feature several Hall of Famers and serve as a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame’s educational programs. A unique social experience providing memories and camaraderie that will last a lifetime, golfers of any ability will enjoy a private cocktail reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, a private Museum archive tour, breakfast on the Leatherstocking Golf Course clubhouse verandah, a round of golf in a scramble format at Leatherstocking, and conclude with a luncheon and awards ceremony, all in the company of the Hall of Famers. Many other amenities are included, as well. Space is limited to only 24 participants. For information, please call 607-547-0310.  

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 regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. 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.