Baseball Hall of Fame to Recognize Oneonta High School State Champions at Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday

Players, Coaches from 24-2 Yellowjackets Baseball Team Also to Participate in Parade

June 13, 2012
Oneonta High's Jon Vega slides to beat a throw to help the Yellowjackets to a 7-4 victory. (Dean Russin/The Daily Star)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the 2012 Oneonta High School Yellowjackets for winning the school’s first state baseball championship this past Saturday as part of the Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday, June 16.

Team members and coaches have been invited to participate in two events on Saturday to recognize Oneonta High School’s 24-2 season and New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B title.

Coach Joe Hughes and his players will be a part of the Cooperstown Game Day Parade at 12 noon on Main Street on Saturday, preceding the trolleys carrying the former major league players to Doubleday Field.

The players will then be recognized on-field in the middle of the first inning of the 2012 Hall of Fame Classic.

“We’re so proud of Coach Hughes and the Oneonta Yellowjackets for making baseball history this season. It’s a privilege to celebrate their state baseball championship at the home of baseball in Cooperstown,” said Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Honoring excellence is a part of our core mission, and we look forward to giving fans a way to celebrate the joy these special student-athletes brought to Oneonta and all of Otsego County, by paying tribute to them during Classic Weekend."

The Hall of Fame Classic will feature family-friendly programs throughout three days in America’s Most Perfect Village, highlighted by the seven-inning legends game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Carlton Fisk, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Tony Pérez and Ozzie Smith headline the Hall of Fame Classic, with more than 20 additional retired big leaguers such as Dante Bichette, Darrell Evans, Howard Johnson and Dmitri Young scheduled to attend.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are available now in the Hall of Fame Museum Store or by calling 607-547-0397. Tickets will be available at 9 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 2012 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. For the fourth straight year, Ford Motor Company is the Presenting Sponsor of the Hall of Fame Classic.

For more information on Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

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.