Seven Hall of Famers Headline 2010 Classic Weekend

Cooperstown’s Father’s Day Weekend Features New Events; Tickets on Sale March 20

February 08, 2010
The 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will be played on Father's Day, June 20th. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the ultimate baseball Father’s Day Weekend, June 18-20, with the participation of seven Hall of Fame members highlighting the second annual Hall of Fame Classic, presented by the Ford Motor Company, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Classic Weekend will feature a slate of family friendly activities, highlighted by the return of the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning exhibition game featuring seven Hall of Famers and 20 other retired major league stars, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 20. Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include a Hall of Fame Golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum, a reprise of the popular “Family Catch,” the Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players, a special Voices of the Game program, and other special programs throughout the Museum.

"We took the successes of the 2009 Hall of Fame Classic and built upon them to make this year's legends game even more entertaining," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "We're excited about the meaningful lineup of family events we have put in place to assure generations of families who spend Father's Day Weekend in Cooperstown will have a very special experience."

Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Mike Schmidt will headline the Hall of Fame Classic, with preliminary rosters of more than 20 other former major leaguers to be announced around Opening Day of the 2010 baseball season. The 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will be staged in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

"The inaugural Hall of Fame Classic was the start of a new tradition in Cooperstown, for the fans, the players, the Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association," said Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who also serves as President of the MLBPAA and on the Board of Directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "Once again in 2010, we are looking forward to another great Father's Day event in Cooperstown, where the game's legends will give fans a chance to relieve their childhood memories at Doubleday Field."

The 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will once again be presented by Ford Motor Company, who was the game’s presenting sponsor for the inaugural event in 2009.

“Ford Motor Company is once again pleased to support the Baseball Hall of Fame Classic,” said Jim Vella, President of the Ford Community Fund. “Cooperstown is deeply rooted in American history as the spiritual home of baseball, and that was never more evident than last Father’s Day for the Classic. Baseball at Doubleday Field with legends from the National Pastime captures the best of Americana and the ideal event for the ultimate Father’s Day Weekend.”

Tickets for the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will be available to the general public on Saturday, March 20, with a walk-up sale at the Museum, beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. New for 2010, an eight-ticket maximum per ticket purchaser applies. Ticket buyers may line up at 6 a.m. at the Museum on March 20, but not earlier. Overnight camping is not permitted. Tickets for general public purchase will only be available on March 20, in person at the Hall of Fame. Should tickets remain beginning March 29, phone and Internet sales will begin for the general public, with details to be announced at that time.

Museum members may purchase tickets by phone and online, starting March 20. For more information on how to purchase tickets as a Museum member, or to become a Museum member and have access to this special purchase sale, please call 607-547-0397.

"The game was so well-received by everyone – the fans, the players, the Hall of Fame,” said Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, who will return to the Classic lineup after playing in last year’s game. “It was truly an experience for me to be on the field with so many players from so many eras. The fans were excited and they enjoyed it. I know I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to being a part of the game again."

The inaugural Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will feature Hall of Famers Carter, Fingers, Gossage, Killebrew, Niekro and Schmidt and serve as a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame's educational programs. A unique social experience providing memories and camaraderie that will last a lifetime, golfers of any ability will enjoy a private cocktail reception in the Hall of Fame plaque gallery, breakfast on the Leatherstocking Golf Course clubhouse verandah, a round of golf at Leatherstocking, and conclude with a luncheon and awards ceremony, all in the company of the Hall of Famers. Many other amenities are included, as well. Space is limited to only 24 participants. For information, please call 607-547-0310.

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 Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field.

On Saturday, June 19, the Museum will present the return of “Family Catch” at Doubleday Field from 12-2 p.m. Beginning at 3 p.m., the Hall of Fame and the MLBPAA will present the Youth Skills Clinic at Doubleday Field, featuring former major league players as instructors. At 7 p.m., the Museum will host a roundtable discussion with the seven Hall of Fame members. Advance registration is required for all events. Please call 607-547-0397 for more information. Additional programs in the Museum on Saturday and Sunday will be announced soon.

Open seven days a week the year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Memorial Day Weekend. Summer hours extend until Labor Day, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. 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 six years of age or younger, active and retired card-carrying military personnel. For more information, visit our Web site at www.baseballhalloffame.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.