Hall of Fame Classic Tickets First Available Saturday, April 16

Public Sale Begins 9 a.m. at the Museum in Cooperstown; Tickets Available to Members via Internet and Phone

April 11, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The stars are lining up for a classic Father's Day weekend in Cooperstown. That means the fans will soon be lining up to reserve their seats for a legendary game at Doubleday Field.

Tickets for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's third annual Hall of Fame Classic will be made available to the general public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Concurrently, participants in the Museum's Membership Program can secure their tickets at 9 a.m., April 16 at www.baseballhall.org or by calling 1-866-849-7770. For more information on becoming a Museum Member and receiving access to this special phone and internet sale, please call 607-547-0397.

The Baseball Hall of Fame will host Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, June 18-19, with the participation of seven Hall of Fame members highlighting the June 19 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by the Ford Motor Company, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. The 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will once again be staged in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Tony Pérez, Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith and Dick Williams will headline the Hall of Fame Classic. Additional former major leaguers already scheduled to appear at the Classic include Frank Catalanotto, Doug Glanville, Bill Lee, Willie Wilson, Rick Wise and Dmitri Young.

More former big league stars scheduled to participate in the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will be announced throughout this week.

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, presented by Ford Motor Company for the third straight season, will feature a slate of family friendly activities, highlighted by the return of the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game featuring seven Hall of Famers and 20 other retired major league stars, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include a Hall of Fame golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum, the new Classic Fest at Doubleday Field, the Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players, a special Voices of the Game program, and other unique programs throughout the Museum.

The Hall of Fame Classic will be once again preceded by the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, presented by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the village of Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, beginning at noon on June 19 on Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field. Following the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, the Legends Hitting Contest will be held at Doubleday Field at 1 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Classic at 2 p.m.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, the Hall of Fame, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Cooperstown will present Hall of Fame Classic Fest at Doubleday Field, featuring family activities inside Doubleday Field, along with interactive and demonstrative presentations.

Also on Saturday, June 18, the Museum will host several exclusive programs for fans of all ages. For kids ages 7-12, the Museum will host the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic, from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Hosted in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the Clinic gives youth participants a chance to learn hands-on training from several former major league stars. The event concludes with an autograph session for participants. Registration is free, but limited and begins April 18 by calling 607-547-0397.

At 6 p.m. on June 18, the seven Hall of Fame members will be featured in a Voices of the Game roundtable discussion of baseball at Doubleday Field in a one-hour reflection on their memories of the game. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seating is limited. Registration begins April 18 by calling 607-547-0397.

Tickets for the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Ticket buyers in Cooperstown may first line up at 6 a.m. on April 16. Overnight camping is not permitted.

Should tickets remain beginning April 25, phone and Internet sales will begin for the general public, with details to be announced at that time.

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 Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.