Bobby Cox, Cito Gaston to Reveal Legendary Lineups Prior to Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic

World Series-Winning Managers to Skipper Hall of Fame Classic Teams; Lineups Announced at 10 a.m. Saturday during Voices of the Game Event at Museum

May 22, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Combined, Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston submitted more than 6,000 lineup cards in their 41 stellar seasons as big league managers.

But when Cox and Gaston gather on Saturday to pick their lineups for the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic, they will be drawing from a talent pool sure to produce the most memorable rosters of their careers.

Cox and Gaston will be the managers at Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic, with first pitch scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, will feature Hall of Famers Rollie FingersGoose GossageRickey Henderson and Phil Niekro along with more than two dozen former big leaguers in a seven-inning legends game.

On Saturday at 10 a.m., Cox and Gaston will be featured in a Voices of the Game event in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater where they will reveal their lineups. Tickets for the event are free, but limited, and available on a first-come basis on Saturday in the Museum. The Hall of Fame Classic managers will reprise their classic 1992 World Series matchup when Cox’s Atlanta Braves faced off against Gaston’s Toronto Blue Jays, with Toronto winning in a six-game thriller.

Team captains for the Classic will be Niekro and Gossage, with Niekro trying to extend his unbeaten 4-0 record as a Classic player/captain. Rosters include (subject to change):

Visiting: Team Niekro

 

Home: Team Goose

Phil Niekro - Team Captain   Goose Gossage - Team Captain
Cito Gaston - Manager   Bobby Cox - Manager
     
Phil Niekro   Goose Gossage
Rickey Henderson   Rollie Fingers
*David Arthur   Joel Bennett
Bob Boone   Brian Boehringer
Bret Boone   *Jason Dighton
Bert Campaneris   Robert Fick
Will Clark   Chuck Goggin
Doug Creek   Jeffrey Hammonds
John Doherty   Jim Hannan
Brian Fisher   @Blake Helm
Dave Fleming   *Jason King
Todd Haney   Al Levine
@Robby Hisert   Oreste Marrero
Jim Leyritz   Desi Relaford
T.J. Mathews   Dennis Rasmussen
Brian McRae   Benito Santiago
Dmitri Young   Mark Whiten


*Fort Drum soldier; @Military All-Star

Three soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. – David Arthur, Jason Dighton and Jason King – as well as Military All-Stars Blake Helm and Robby Hisert and former big leaguer and Vietnam veteran Chuck Goggin will also participate in the Classic, which will begin at 2 p.m. and will be preceded at 1 p.m. by the Legends Hitting Contest at Doubleday Field. The Cooperstown Game Day Parade will begin at 12 p.m. on Main Street and feature the Hall of Fame Classic participants as well as the 10th Mountain Division Band and Color Guard.

Following the Classic, the Hall of Fame will host “A Night at the Museum” – a new event that provides a limited number of fans an unforgettable evening with Hall of Famers and other big league stars from 7-9 p.m. Fans can take pictures with their heroes while sharing a meet-and-greet experience throughout the Cooperstown shrine. Autographs will not be permitted.

On Friday, May 24, the Museum will host the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic, from 4-7 p.m. at Doubleday Field. Hosted in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the Clinic gives youth participants ages 5-12 a chance to learn hands-on training from several former major league stars. The event concludes with an autograph session for participants. Registrations are free but limited and can be secured by calling 607-547-0397.

Fans can experience May 24-27 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, including: a Hall of Fame golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum; 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 popular Family Catch at Doubleday Field; and other unique programs throughout the Museum.

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 are online at www.baseballhall.org or via phone at 1-877-726-9028 through 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, May 23, then in the Museum on Friday, May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, May 25, tickets will be available at the Will Call tent in the Doubleday Field Parking Lot beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. 

For a complete schedule of all Hall of Fame Classic Weekend events, please visit 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.