A Classic Parade to Open Father’s Day Festivities in Cooperstown

Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith to Ride Up Main Street Before Hall of Fame Classic

June 18, 2010
The 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will take place on Father's Day at Doubleday Field. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Before baseball’s heroes return to Doubleday Field for Sunday’s Hall of Fame Classic, they’ll cruise up Main Street at the home of baseball in Cooperstown.

The Cooperstown Game Day Parade will open Hall of Fame Classic festivities at noon on Father’s Day. The parade, presented by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will feature musical units, a color guard and honorary and sponsor representatives as well the Hall of Famers and the other former major leaguers participating in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Classic.

Hall of Famer’s Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will appear at the Classic and in the parade, along with former major leaguers Kevin Bass, Paul Blair, Brian Boehringer, Bert Campaneris, John Doherty, Dave Fleming, Jeff Kent, Tim Leary, Bill Madlock, Mike Pagliarulo, Dennis Rasmussen and Rich Surhoff. The Hall of Famers and former major leaguers will ride up Main Street before arriving at Doubleday Field for the Classic.

For Cooperstown residents and visitors, the Parade will bring several street closures between 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., including: Chestnut Street between Glen Avenue and Lake Street; Pioneer Street between Church and Lake streets; Fair Street between Lake and Main streets; and Main Street between River and Chestnut streets. There will be no parking on those streets during that time. Bypass traffic can travel via River Street or Lake Street. All trolleys are expected to be in service without interruption.

Limited tickets remain for Sunday’s 2 p.m. Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown. Fans can secure seats to the seven-inning legends game at Doubleday Field on gameday. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats.

Following the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, the Legends Hitting Contest at Doubleday Field will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Classic at 2 p.m.

The Hall of Fame Classic is the centerpiece of several weekend events in Cooperstown, including:

  • Family Catch: In honor of Father’s Day, the Hall of Fame will host a game of catch at Doubleday Field between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, to allow parents and kids to enjoy one of baseball’s timeless traditions. A limited number of participants can reserve a spot on the field in 20-minute intervals for this free event.
  • Legends for Youth Skills Clinic: The Youth Skills Clinic, presented by the Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, gives children ages 5 to 12 a chance to spend the afternoon enhancing their baseball skills with former major leaguers on historic Doubleday Field. This free program is exclusively for members.
  • Voices of the Game: Hall of Fame Classic: A special Father’s Day edition of our Voices of the Game series will be held Saturday, June 19, with Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith. The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Sterling Auditorium at Cooperstown High School. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under.

For more information or for tickets, call 607-547-0397.

Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include the Cooperstown Golf Classic fundraiser for the Museum, an Author’s Series presentation featuring Harold Theurer Jr., author of “Hey Dad! Let’s Have a Catch” at 10 a.m. on June 19, and other special programs throughout the Museum.

Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum receive free admission to the Museum, as well as access to exclusive programs, such as the Voices of the Game Series. Additionally, members receive a subscription to the Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, the 2010 Hall of Fame yearbook and a 10% discount and free shipping on retail purchases. For information on becoming a member, please visit baseballhall.org or call 607-547-0397.

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. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 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.