Celebrate the Nation’s Military Heroes in Cooperstown with Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, May 24-27

Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘Wall That Heals’ to Make Central New York Debut at Doubleday Field

May 13, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Baseball legends and a salute to America’s heroes will converge in Cooperstown on Memorial Day Weekend as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the nation’s military heritage at Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.

Hall of Famers Rollie FingersGoose GossageRickey Henderson and Phil Niekro will join World Series-winning managers Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston along with two dozen former big leaguers such as Will Clark and Benito Santiago for the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic on May 25 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The Classic will feature a salute to our Armed Forces as the 10th Mountain Division Color Guard and Band from nearby Fort Drum, N.Y., will be featured in pregame ceremonies – including the 12 p.m. Cooperstown Game Day Parade on Main Street.

As part of the celebration of our military heroes, the Hall of Fame and the Village of Cooperstown will host the “Wall That Heals,” a 250-foot replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The exhibit, which travels across America, will make its Central New York debut with the visit to Cooperstown, May 25-27, made possible by the Baseball Hall of Fame. The “Wall That Heals” will be on display Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, open 24 hours a day and free of charge in the Doubleday Field parking lot. The Wall’s visit coincides with Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic and Monday’s observance of Memorial Day.

The Hall of Fame Classic moves to Memorial Day Weekend this year. In addition to Hall of Famers Fingers, Gossage, Henderson and Niekro and former managers Cox and Gaston, former big leaguers scheduled to participate include: Joel Bennett, Brian Boehringer, Bob Boone, Bret Boone, Bert Campaneris, Doug Creek, Will Clark, John Doherty, Robert Fick, Brian Fisher, Dave Fleming, Cliff Floyd, Jeffery Hammonds, Jim Hannan, Todd Haney, Jim Leyritz, Al Levine, T.J. Mathews, Brian McRae, Desi Relaford, Benito Santiago, Mark Whiten and Dmitri Young.

Three soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division as well as 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.

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.

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. 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 Museum has teamed up with Sports Travel and Tours to offer baseball fans a one-stop opportunity to purchase Hall of Fame Classic Weekend travel packages. For more information or to plan a trip to Cooperstown, please call 1-888-310-HALL (4255). Membership participants receive a 5% discount on all their baseball travel packages. 

For a complete schedule of all Hall of Fame Classic Weekend events or to purchase ticket packages, 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 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 website at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.