A New Hit: Fans Enjoy New Hall of Fame Classic Fest and Connect with Baseball Heroes on Eve of Annual Legends Game in Cooperstown

Limited Tickets Available for Sunday’s Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field

June 18, 2011
Former big leaguer Steve Grilli demonstrates the leadoff to kids at the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic.(Carter Kegelman/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Six Hall of Fame legends and almost two dozen former big league stars are set to thrill the crowd at Sunday's Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

But for thousands of baseball fans in Cooperstown on Saturday, the excitement began a day early at the new Hall of Fame Classic Fest.

The day before Father's Day featured non-stop action at Doubleday Field as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum launched Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. The weekend culminates with Sunday's Hall of Fame Classic, featuring Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith and Dick Williams along with former major leaguers like Frank Catalanotto, Frank DiPino, John Doherty, Doug Glanville, Steve Grilli, Dave Henderson, Bill Lee, Dale Murphy, Billy Sample, Reggie Sanders, Mike Timlin, Willie Wilson, Rick Wise and Dmitri Young.

Limited tickets remain for Sunday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown. Fans can purchase seats to the seven-inning legends game on Sunday starting at 9 a.m. at Doubleday Field. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats.

The Legends for Youth Skills Clinic opened the weekend events on Saturday at Doubleday Field as more than 200 children enjoyed sunshine and blue skies while learning skills from former big leaguers on the home field of baseball. Later Saturday, Doubleday Field played host to the Museum's educational programs, as visitors learned about the stories behind the game and enjoyed entertainment and interaction with some of the Hall of Fame Classic players.

On Saturday evening, the six Hall of Famers who will appear at Sunday's Hall of Fame Classic gathered for a Voices of the Game event at Doubleday Field, sharing stories about the big leagues with more than 500 fans.

The Cooperstown Game Day Parade will open Sunday's Hall of Fame Classic festivities at noon. The Main Street 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.

Following the 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 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 summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 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.