Tickets Now Available for June 19 Father’s Day Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown

Six Hall of Famers, Twenty Retired Major League Stars Featured as part of Legends Game Roster; Seats on Sale Online and via Phone

April 25, 2011

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View the lineups for the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic

COOPERSTOWN, NY – It's a tradition that goes back almost as far as the game itself: Fathers passing the love to baseball to their children.

Starting today, April 25, families can secure their seats at baseball's best Father's Day tradition: The 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company.

Tickets are first available to the general public today, following an exclusive sale for Museum members last week, for the June 19 Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith and Dick Williams will headline the Hall of Fame Classic along with more than 20 other former major leaguers in the Father's Day legends game. Two-time National League Most Valuable Player Dale Murphy has recently been added to the Classic roster.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are available by calling 607-547-0397 or visiting the Museum. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. A $3.50 handling charge per ticket applies to phone and online orders. Phone orders will be taken Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The online ordering system is available 24 hours per day.

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, presented by Ford Motor Company for the third straight season, will feature a slate of family friendly activities, highlighted by the return of the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game, 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 Legends for Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players, a special Voices of the Game program, and other unique programs throughout the Museum.

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.

In addition to the six Hall of Famers, former major leaguers have been named to the roster, including:

  • Joel Bennett, a Binghamton, N.Y., native who pitched two seasons with Orioles and Phillies
  • Steve Braun, a versatile outfielder who played for 1982 World Champion Cardinals 
  • Frank Catalanotto, a 14-year big leaguer who retired after the 2010 season with a .291 career batting average
  • Don DeMola, who appeared in 85 games with a 3.77 ERA over two seasons with the Expos 
  • Frank DiPino, who earned 56 career saves as a lefty reliever 
  • John Doherty, who holds a career .508 winning percentage and went 14-11 in 31 starts in 1993 
  • Dave Fleming, who won 17 games in 1992 for the Mariners and holds a .543 winning percentage 
  • Doug Glanville, a nine-year big league veteran who recorded 204 hits during the 1999 season with Philadelphia
  • Steve Grilli, collected a .750 winning percentage in 36 games in 1976
  • Jim Hannan, owner of a career 3.88 ERA in 276 games over 10 seasons
  • Dave Henderson, a 1991 All-Star who helped Oakland win three straight AL pennants and the 1989 World Series
  • Phil Huffman, who started 31 games for the Blue Jays in 1979
  • Bob Kaiser, who pitched in five games for the Indians in 1971
  • Rick Lancellotti, who hit 276 minor league homers, including 41 with Double-A Buffalo in 1979 
  • Jack Lazorko, an excellent fielding pitcher who had a 1.000 fielding percentage in five seasons and had a highlight reel featured on This Week in Baseball for many years
  • Bill Lee, who won 119 games with the Red Sox and Expos and became the oldest pitcher in professional baseball history in 2010 when he started a game for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League
  • Oreste Marrero, a Puerto Rico native who appeared in 42 big league games
  • Dale Murphy, a seven-time All-Star who hit 398 home runs during his career with the Braves, Phillies and Rockies
  • Billy Sample, an outfielder who singled on his first major league pitch in 1978 and had a 19-game hitting streak, the longest in the big leagues, in 1981
  • Reggie Sanders, a 1995 All-Star who is one of six players with at least 300 career home runs and 300 career steals
  • Mike Timlin, a member of World Series winning teams in 1992, 1993, 2004 and 2007 and ranks seventh all-time in games pitched with 1,058
  • Jon Warden, won four games with three saves as a reliever for the 1968 World Series Champion Tigers
  • Willie Wilson, the 1982 American League batting champion who ranks 12th all-time with 668 stolen bases
  • Rick Wise, who won 188 games in 18 seasons with the Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians and Padres
  • Dmitri Young, a two-time All-Star who hit .292 in 13 big league seasons

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.