Hall of Fame’s BASE Race Moves to May 24 at Doubleday Field

Former major leaguers to support event spotlighting healthy lifestyle choices

April 03, 2014
The 2014 BASE Race will be held May 24 at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The Hall of Fame's newest hit is embarkingon an extended "run" in Cooperstown, and this year, the popular BASE Race is moving to a new Memorial Day Weekend date, with a new course and lineup, as part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend festivities.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown's Clark Sports Center, will present the third annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run at 8:15 a.m. and a competitive 10k event at 8 a.m. – on Saturday, May 24 – starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and featuring new courses that wind through scenic Cooperstown and along the warning track of the historic ballpark. The race events benefit the Museum's "Be A Superior Example" program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.

Fans are encouraged to support their favorite major league team aspart of the 2014 BASE Race, as selected former major league players will be a part of the race activities, as the lead-off event to a full day of programming for the Hall of Fame Classic on May 24.

Registration for the 2014 BASE Race is $25 and $50 for families.Signups are now being accepted online at www.baseballhall.org/BASErace. Each registered runner will receive a T-shirt (for the first 300 runners to register), goodie bag, a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic and an admission ticket to the Museum valid on May 24. On race day,registration will be $40 for individuals and $65 for families. Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 607-547-0397 or the Clark Sports Center at 607-547-2800.

Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for BASE, the Hall o fFame's newest educational initiative which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances. Complete information of the BASE program is available through a comprehensive white paper, featuring detailed data on the use of performance-enhancing substances and the fundraising objectives ofthe National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, online at www.baseballhall.org/BASE.

The BASE Race will be part of a new Hall of Fame Classic Weekend lineup as the Museum celebrates the longstanding link between baseball and the military during Memorial Day Weekend. Six Hall of Fame legends will be joined by a roster of more than three dozen former major league players for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 24 at Cooperstown's historic Doubleday Field. The 2014 Hall of Fame Classic is presented by Ford Motor Company.

The Classic, now in its sixth year, will feature a new twist for 2014, as recently retired players representing the major league clubs are expected to join the roster and participate in the Classic and weekend events.The new format, fueled by assistance from Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Museum's 75th anniversary season, will bring an infusion of new faces into the Classic lineup, which will feature the pre-game Hitting Contest at 1 p.m. and the Cooperstown Main Street Game Day Parade at 12 noon. First pitch of the Classic is slated for 2:05 p.m.

Game rosters are expected to feature a representation from each of the 30 major league teams. To date, the lineup for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic features players who represent two Most Valuable Player Awards, three World Series MVPs, two All-Star Game MVPs, a combined 56 All-Star Game selections, 18 Gold Glove Awards, and a member of the 600 Home Run Club. Players scheduled to participate in the Classic as of April 3 include:

Vinny Castilla(Rockies)      Scott Hatteberg(A's)                 Aaron Rowand (White Sox)

Brady Clark(Brewers)        Livan Hernandez(Nationals)    Kirk Rueter (Giants)

Jeff Conine(Marlins)          Todd Jones(Tigers)                  Reggie Sanders (Reds)

Adam Everett(Astros)         Brad Lidge(Phillies)               Mike Sweeney (Royals)

David Eckstein(Angels)      Hideki Matsui(Yankees)        Jim Thome(Indians)

Steve Garvey (Dodgers)     Carl Pavano(Twins)                Dan Wheeler (Rays)

Alex Gonzalez (BlueJays) Kerry Robinson(Cardinals)     Jack Wilson (Pirates)

Luis Gonzalez (D'Backs)   Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers)

Hall of Fame Members Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will serve as managers and coaches for the sixth annual Hall of Fame Classic. Tickets for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic are on sale now at www.baseballhall.org or by calling 1-877-726-9028 and are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets are only available via phone or online.