Limited Spots Remain for Saturday’s Youth Skills Clinic at Doubleday Field

Children Ages 5-12 Can Learn Tips of the Game from former big leaguers in fun-filled afternoon

June 14, 2010
2010 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend will take place June 19-20. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – While some of the greatest stars baseball has ever known prepare for the Father’s Day Hall of Fame Classic, the future heroes of the game will receive some big league instruction the day before at Doubleday Field.

The Youth Skills Clinic, presented by the Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, gives children ages 5 to 12 a chance to spend the afternoon enhancing their baseball skills with former major leaguers on historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Saturday, June 19. This program begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m.

Registration is free, and a limited number of spots remain available for the event, Spots must be reserved in advance. To reserve a spot, please call 607-547-0397.

Former major leaguers scheduled to participate as instructors include Paul Blair, Steve Grilli, Jay Johnstone, Dickie Noles and Dennis Rasmussen, along with others to be announced. Participants will receive hands-on instruction and playing tips from the former major leaguers.

The annual Youth Skills Clinic is just part of an action-packed Hall of Fame Classic Weekend at the Baseball Hall of Fame – highlighted by Sunday’s 2 p.m. legends game at Doubleday Field. Tickets remain for the Hall of Fame Classic and can be purchased by calling the Hall of Fame’s Museum Store at 607-547-0258. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats.

The 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Classic is co-organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Ford Motor Company will be the Presenting Sponsor of the Baseball Hall of Fame Classic.

Seven Hall of Famers are schedule to participate in the Hall of Fame Classic: Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith.

Among the 20 other recently retired players committed to participate in the Classic include former major league stars Kevin Bass, Paul Blair, Brian Boehringer, Bert Campaneris, John Doherty, Dave Fleming, Jay Johnstone, Jeff Kent, Tim Leary, Bill Madlock, Mike Pagliarulo, Dennis Rasmussen and Rich Surhoff.

The Hall of Fame Classic will be 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 Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field. The Legends Hitting Contest will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Classic at 2 p.m.

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. 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.