Seven Hall of Famers Headline 2011 Classic Weekend

Cooperstown’s Father’s Day Weekend Features New Classic Fest; Tickets for Hall of Fame Classic First Available April 16

April 05, 2011

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball's brightest stars are headed to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Classic. Baseball fans, meanwhile, are once again making plans for the ultimate Father's Day Weekend experience, as tickets for the annual celebration of dad first will be available on Saturday, April 16.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, June 18-19, with the participation of seven Hall of Fame members highlighting the third 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 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.

"Through the first two years of a new tradition, the Hall of Fame Classic has provided a memorable Father's Day experience for fans of all ages to see their baseball cards come to life at Doubleday Field," said Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. "As we continue to grow this marquee event, we're excited to unveil a new interactive lineup of family events to assure that families of every generation have the ability to spend a baseball-themed Father's Day Weekend in Cooperstown."

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, with preliminary rosters of more than 20 other former major leaguers to be announced this spring. Former major leaguers already scheduled to appear at the Classic include Frank Catalanotto, Doug Glanville, Bill Lee, Willie Wilson, Rick Wise and Dmitri Young. The 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will once again be staged in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Tickets on sale April 16

Tickets for the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will first be available on Saturday, April 16, with Museum members able to purchase online and by phone, while non-Members can purchase tickets in person at the Museum, beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Ticket buyers may first line up at 6 a.m. on April 16. Overnight camping is not permitted.

Museum members may purchase tickets by phone and online, starting April 16, by calling 1-866-849-7770 starting at 9 a.m. ET. 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. 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 2011 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, including the Hall of Fame Classic, will be presented by Ford Motor Company for the third straight season.

Golf with legends in Cooperstown

The second annual Cooperstown Golf Classic on Saturday, June 18 will feature Hall of Famers Dawson, Gossage, Niekro, Pérez, Rice and Smith 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 in a scramble format 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.

Game Day Parade

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.

Classic Fest

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.

Voices of the Game

At 6 p.m. on June 18, the seven Hall of Fame members will be featured in a 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.

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.