Legends Fingers, Gossage and Niekro Headline Rosters for May 25 Hall of Fame Classic

Former skippers Bobby Cox, Cito Gaston to Manage The Game’s Greatest Stars at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown; Tickets on sale at www.baseballhall.org

April 02, 2013

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – With the 2013 big league season under way, team captains Goose Gossage and Phil Niekro are focused on building their squads for Cooperstown’s summer opener: The Hall of Fame Classic.

Gossage and Niekro – along with fellow Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers – will headline the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic, slated for Saturday, May 25 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. The Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, will also feature legendary managers Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston in a rematch of their dramatic 1992 World Series matchup, against the backdrop of our nation’s military with a salute to the Armed Forces.

The Hall of Fame Classic moves to Memorial Day Weekend this year as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the time-honored connection between the National Pastime and the nation’s military.

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“We’re going to build a team that can stop Knucksie’s winning streak in Cooperstown,” said Gossage, referring to Team Niekro’s two-game roll at the Hall of Fame Classic. “And we’re all going to have fun doing it. It’s an honor to come back to Cooperstown any time, and it’s a special privilege to return to the Classic and to honor our nation’s military heroes.”

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.

The Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, will feature Hall of Famers and more than 20 recently retired major league players in a seven-inning legends game. Four soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division will also participate in the contest, which will be preceded at 1 p.m. by the Legends Hitting Contest at Doubleday Field.

Fans can experience May 24-26 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.

As part of the military celebration, the Hall of Fame Classic will feature a special appearance by members of the 10th Mountain Division from nearby Fort Drum. The 10th Mountain Division Band and Color Guard will take part in the pregame festivities for the Hall of Fame Classic. The Band will play in the pregame Cooperstown Game Day Parade, which begins at noon on Main Street, and also perform several patriotic selections and the National Anthem prior to the 2 p.m. Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field. 

Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division (LI) will present the colors at Doubleday Field during the National Anthem. 

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; the Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players; 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 Cooperstown Game Day Parade; the popular Family Catch at Doubleday Field; and other unique programs throughout the Museum. 

Complete rosters for the Hall of Fame Classic will be announced at the end of April. 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 Weekend through the day before Labor Day, the Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 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.