Hall of Fame Classic


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.

The 2016 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, will be held on Saturday, May 28 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. Now in its eighth year, the Classic will feature several Hall of Fame members as well as players representing all 30 major league teams in a seven-inning legends game at Doubleday Field. New in 2016, the Classic moves to 1 p.m. starting time in 2016, with the popular Home Run Derby starting at noon.

The Classic, fueled by assistance from Major League Baseball, will feature Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith as team captains and managers, with additional Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg serving as coaches.

Players already committed to appear at the 2016 Hall of Fame Classic include:

  • Brandon Backe
    (Astros)
  • Michael Barrett
    (Nationals)
  • Danny Graves
    (Reds)
  • Travis Hafner
    (Indians)
  • Jerry Hairston Jr.
    (Dodgers)
  • LaTroy Hawkins
    (Twins)
  • Shea Hillenbrand
    (Red Sox)
  • Torii Hunter
    (Angels)
  • Andruw Jones
    (Braves)
  • Terrence Long
    (Athletics)
  • Noah Lowry
    (Giants)
  • Melvin Mora
    (Orioles)
  • Jamie Moyer
    (Phillies)
  • Darren Oliver
    (Rangers)
  • Juan Pierre
    (Marlins)
  • Todd Pratt
    (Mets)
  • J.J. Putz
    (Diamondbacks)
  • Desi Relaford
    (Mariners)
  • Kerry Robinson
    (Cardinals)
  • Aaron Rowand
    (White Sox)
  • Andy Sonnanstine
    (Rays)
  • Alfonso Soriano
    (Yankees)
  • Ryan Spilborghs
    (Rockies)
  • Tanyon Sturtze
    (Blue Jays)
  • Jeff Suppan
    (Royals)
  • Alan Trammell
    (Tigers)
  • Jack Wilson
    (Pirates)
  • Steve Woodard
    (Brewers)

The remaining players will be announced later this spring.

2016 Hall of Fame Classic Tickets

Get your tickets to see six Hall of Famers and 30 recent stars, May 28 at Doubleday Field.

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Tickets

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Tickets are on sale now online and via phone at 1-877-726-9028. All tickets purchased online or via phone will be shipped starting April 29. Tickets purchased online or via phone prior to May 20 will be sent via U.S. Mail. Tickets purchased May 20 through May 26 must be picked up at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 28.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth starting March 7 through Friday, May 27, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 28.

In addition to the Classic, Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features additional family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes. Following the game, the Hall of Fame will reprise its Night at the Museum program, now in its fourth season. Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening beginning at 6 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.

Tickets for the Night at the Museum event are now SOLD OUT.

Cooperstown Classic Clinic

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The Cooperstown Classic Clinic will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 at Doubleday Field. The Clinic, for children 7-12 years of age, gives youth participants a chance to receive hands-on training from several former major leaguers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

This event is free, but participants need to be pre-registered. You can register youth participants by contacting the Membership Department (607) 547-0397 beginning March 7th.

Base Race

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The annual BASE Race charity runs – a competitive 10K event at 9 a.m. and a 5K fun run at 9:15 a.m. – will be held prior to the Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday, May 28 – starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field. The races, featuring courses that wind through scenic Cooperstown, benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.

The BASE Race will also debut a virtual race component in 2016, allowing runners from across the country and around the globe to connect to Cooperstown. More information on the virtual BASE Race will be announced this spring.

Proceeds from the BASE Race supported outreach for BASE, the Hall of Fame’s 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.

Family Catch

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Following the game on Saturday will be Family Catch, a chance for parents and kids to enjoy one of baseball's timeless traditions on historic Doubleday Field. This event features two sessions from 4:00 - 4:20 p.m. and 4:30 - 4:50 p.m., in which families can play catch on the same diamond as the Hall of Famers and major league stars. Each participant should bring a baseball glove and one baseball per pair, as no equipment will be provided. This event is SOLD OUT.

Night at the Museum

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Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on the evening of Saturday, May 28 beginning at 6 p.m. Legends participants will canvass the Museum during the course of this popular, two-hour event that brings the Museum to life with special programs and interactions.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Cooperstown Golf Classic

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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.

Schedule of Events

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Friday, May 27

4-7 p.m. - Cooperstown Classic Clinic

Saturday, May 28

9:00/9:15 a.m - BASE Race 10K and 5K

Noon - Home Run Derby

1 p.m. - Hall of Fame Classic Game

4 p.m. - Family Catch (SOLD OUT)

6 p.m. - Night at the Museum (SOLD OUT)

2015 Highlights

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Plan Your Visit

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Travel Packages

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Travel relaxed and hassle-free, knowing all your arrangements have been made for you by our reliable travel specialists. Each travel package includes museum & event tickets, transportation, hotel accommodations, trip reception, tour host and trip documents. As always, Hall of Fame members receive a 5% discount on BASEBALL travel packages.

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