The game’s memories live forever in Cooperstown. And once every spring, the legends who authored the National Pastime’s greatest moments come together at the home of baseball for a weekend that has truly become a Classic.
Hall of Fame members Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount will be joined by recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 23 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. The 2015 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, highlights a weekend of family entertainment programs designed to celebrate the timeless connection of baseball across generations, while saluting the contributions of those who served our nation’s military over Memorial Day Weekend.
The Classic, now in its seventh year, fueled by assistance from MLB, features the pre-game Home Run Contest at 1 p.m. and the Cooperstown Main Street Game Day Parade at 12 noon. First pitch of the Classic is slated for 2:05 p.m.
Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. They will be joined by Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Tony Perez and Robin Yount, who will serve as coaches for the teams. The full rosters of Classic players will be in announced later this spring.
2015 Hall of Fame Classic participants
Bobby Abreu (Phillies), Brady Anderson (Orioles), Rick Ankiel (Nationals), Steve Avery (Braves), Homer Bush (Blue Jays), Orlando Cabrera (Red Sox), Greg Cadaret (Athletics), Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Ron Cey (Dodgers), David Dellucci (Diamondbacks), Bob Dernier (Cubs), Jim Eisenreich (Royals), John Franco (Mets), Travis Fryman (Indians), Brian Holman (Mariners), Charles Johnson (Marlins), Jacque Jones (Twins), Mark Loretta (Padres), Bengie Molina (Angels), Russ Ortiz (Giants), Roy Oswalt (Astros), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Alfonso Soriano (Yankees), Eddie Taubensee (Reds), Alan Trammell (Tigers), Dan Wheeler (Rays), Jack Wilson (Pirates) and Steve Woodard (Brewers).
Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes. Following the game on Saturday, the Hall of Fame will reprise its A Night at the Museum program, now in its third season. Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m.
Also as part of Classic Weekend, Hall of Fame members will lead an exclusive golf outing, the Cooperstown Classic Clinic will be held for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 22, an exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members will be held on Saturday, May 23 and the BASE Race 5K and 10K runs will take place on Saturday, May 23.
Fans meet Jim Thome in 'Night at the Museum,' HOF Classic Weekend, 2014 (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. Legends participants will canvass the Museum during the course of a two-hour event that will bring the Museum to life with special programs and interactions. While A Night at the Museum program is not an autograph session, fans should remember to bring their camera to capture their special memories. Cooperstown Trolley service will run through 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. SOLD OUT
Night at the Museum - these fans met Rollie Fingers in 2013 (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, present the annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run and competitive 10k starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and features a courses that winds through scenic Cooperstown and along the warning track of the historic ballpark. The race events benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.
Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for BASE, the Hall of Fame’s newest educational initiative which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.
Through the foundations of BASE - diet and nutrition, exercise and fitness, character and fair play - the Hall of Fame provided a meaningful educational experience, both online and in the classroom. The BASE program incorporates lessons from Hall of Fame members who explain that achieving success in life leads to being a superior example to those around you.
At the conclusion of each BASE lesson, individuals of all ages are asked to take a pledge to live healthy and to live free of performance-enhancing substances. This national registry is housed in Cooperstown and provides an opportunity to individuals to view their pledge and name alongside the game's greatest heroes, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The BASE program educates audiences about the short- and long-term dangers of PES use; provides guidance for developing healthy lifestyles and injury prevention; empowers students, parents and athletic administrators with the ability to identify potential PES use; and shares strategies to help individuals of all ages make informed decisions about their own health and make decisions that influence the health of others.
Golf enthusiasts interested in supporting the Hall of Fame’s mission and outreach programs can enjoy the Cooperstown Golf Classic, featuring the six Hall of Fame members, with a limited number of spots available for golfers at the beautiful Leatherstocking Golf Course on Otsego Lake. For more information on supporting the Hall of Fame through this exclusive golf outing, please call 607-547-0310.
Pedro Martinez shows off his knuckleball grip with Mike Sweeney (left) and Jim Thome at the Hall of Fame Classic on May 24 at Doubleday Field. Six Hall of Famers and 30 recently-retired players took part in the Classic. (Jean Fruth/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Hideki Matsui gets high-fives from (from left) Jim Thome, Aaron Rowand, Carl Pavano, Alex Gonzalez and Adam Everett after homering during the Hall of Fame Classic on May 24 at Doubleday Field. (Jean Fruth/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)
Hall of Famers Phil Niekro (left) and Ozzie Smith acknowledge the crowd during the Cooperstown Game Day Parade prior to the May 24 Hall of Fame Classic on Main Street in Cooperstown. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)
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Kick-off the summer with the Hall of Fame Classic Weekend travel package highlighted by the Hall of Fame Classic Game, a 7-inning exhibition game featuring Hall of Famers and former major league players, played on historic Doubleday Field. There are a number of additional events held throughout the weekend for the entire family to enjoy. Learn more