Two-Time NL Most Valuable Player Dale Murphy to Appear at Hall of Fame Classic on Father’s Day

Tickets for Legends Game Available Saturday, April 16 at Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

April 13, 2011
Dale Murphy will appear at the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – For two storied years in the 1980s, Dale Murphy towered over the National League as its Most Valuable Player.

On Father's Day, fans will have the chance to re-live those incredible seasons when Murphy suits up for the third annual Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field.

Murphy, one of only 12 players in big league history to win back-to-back Most Valuable Player Awards, will be one of more than 20 former big leaguers who will appear at the Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company. The National Baseball Hall of Fame will host Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, June 18-19, with the participation of seven Hall of Fame members highlighting the June 19 Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. The 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will once again be staged in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Murphy will be making his Hall of Fame Classic debut at the third annual legends game, which has become a Father's Day fan-favorite. 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 former major leaguers Frank Catalanotto, Steve Garvey, Doug Glanville, Bill Lee, Willie Wilson, Rick Wise and Dmitri Young also scheduled to appear.

Murphy powered the Atlanta Braves during the 1980s, winning MVPs in 1982 and 1983. From 1982-87, Murphy won two home run titles, two RBI crowns, posted a 30-homer/30-stolen base season and won five Gold Glove Awards for his play in center field. He played 18 big league seasons with the Braves, Phillies and Rockies, finishing his career with 398 home runs and 1,266 RBI.

More former big league stars scheduled to participate in the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will be announced throughout the spring.

Tickets for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's third annual Hall of Fame Classic will be made available to the general public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Concurrently, participants in the Museum's Membership Program can secure their tickets at 9 a.m., April 16 at www.baseballhall.org or by calling 1-866-849-7770. For more information on becoming a Museum Member and receiving access to this special phone and internet sale, please call 607-547-0397.

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.

Tickets for the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Ticket buyers in Cooperstown may first line up at 6 a.m. on April 16. Overnight camping is not permitted.

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 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.