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.
This year, Hall of Fame members Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount were 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, highlighted 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, featured 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 was delivered at 2:05 p.m.
Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith returned as team captains and managers. They were joined by Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Tony Perez and Robin Yount, who served as coaches for the teams.
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 reprised its A Night at the Museum program, for its third season. Hall of Fame legends and former players greeted fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening.
Also as part of Classic Weekend, Hall of Fame members enjoyed an exclusive golf outing, the Cooperstown Classic Clinic was held for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 22, an exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members was held on Saturday, May 23 and the BASE Race 5K and 10K runs took place on the morning of Saturday, May 23.
Young baseball fans meet former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Steve Woodard during 'A Night at the Museum' at the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Hall of Fame legends and former players greeted fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. Legends participants canvassed the Museum during the course of this sold out two-hour event that brought the Museum to life with special programs and interactions.
Fans meet Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith during 'A Night at the Museum' at the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame)
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, presented the annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run and competitive 10k starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and featuring courses that wound through scenic Cooperstown and along the warning track of the historic ballpark. The race events benefited the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.
Proceeds from the BASE Race supported 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.
Former Colorado Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla launches a home run toward the Doubleday Field scoreboard during the Home Run Derby as part of the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic on May 23, 2015 in Cooperstown, NY. (Milo Stewart, Jr. / National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Former major league players wave to spectators during the Cooperstown Main Street Game Day Parade before the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic Game on May 23, 2015 in Cooperstown, NY. (Jean Fruth / 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