Baseball Luminaries Heading for Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Classic

Memorial Day Weekend Salute to the National Pastime Features Seven-Inning Legends Game at Doubleday Field

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The game’s heroes are headed for home – baseball’s home – on Memorial Day Weekend as part of the Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.

The 2015 Hall of Fame Classic, presented for the seventh straight year by the Ford Motor Company, will feature six Hall of Fame legends and players representing all 30 Major League Baseball teams. The seven-inning legends game at Doubleday Field 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.

Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount will serve as managers and coaches for the Classic, with an additional Hall of Famer to be named to the roster later this spring.

The roster of players scheduled to appear at the Hall of Fame Classic includes:

Bobby Abreu (Phillies; two-time All-Star hit .291 with 288 home runs over 18 seasons)
Rick Ankiel (Nationals; won 11 games as pitcher in 2000 before re-emerging for seven years as outfielder)
Steve Avery (Braves; 1991 NLCS MVP was part of stellar Braves rotation in early 1990s)
Greg Cadaret (Athletics; lefty reliever appeared in 451 games over 10 seasons)
Vinny Castilla (Rockies; three-time Silver Slugger Award-winner at third base topped 30 homers in six seasons)
Ron Cey (Dodgers; six-time All-Star third baseman totaled 316 career home runs)
David Dellucci (Diamondbacks; versatile outfielder helped Diamondbacks win 2001 World Series)
John Franco (Mets; ranks first all-time among lefties with 424 saves and his 1,119 games rank third all-time)
Travis Fryman (Indians; five-time All-Star third baseman reached the 20-homer mark in seven seasons)
Charles Johnson (Marlins; four-time Gold Glove Award-winning catcher helped Marlins win 1997 World Series)
Jacque Jones (Twins; powerful outfielder reached 20-homer mark four times in 10 years)
Mark Loretta (Padres; two-time All-Star second baseman recorded 208 hits for Padres in 2004)
Roy Oswalt (Astros; two-time 20-game winner totaled 163 victories in 13 seasons)
Kerry Robinson (Cardinals; speedy outfielder appeared in three postseason series with Cardinals)
Iván Rodríguez (Rangers; 14-time All-Star catcher becomes Hall of Fame eligible in 2017)
Aaron Rowand (White Sox; All-Star center fielder was part of World Series winners with White Sox and Giants)
Alan Trammell (Tigers; four-time Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop powered Tigers for 20 seasons)
Dan Wheeler (Rays; durable reliever appeared in 589 games over 13 seasons)
Jack Wilson (Pirates; All-Star shortstop anchored Pirates infield for almost a decade)

Additions to the Hall of Fame Classic roster will be announced in the coming weeks.

With the popular A Night at the Museum program on Classic Weekend already sold out, the only way to see the legends of the game in Cooperstown is at the Hall of Fame Classic. Tickets are now on sale via phone at 1-877-726-9028 or at Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats.

The Classic, 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.

Fans can maximize their Hall of Fame Classic Weekend experience with the Classic Connection ticket package, which features a Hall of Fame Classic ticket and a one-day Museum admission pass for just $12.50, a savings of $23 off the regular rate.

The Museum will also offer events as part of Classic Weekend tailored for a variety of audiences, including the Cooperstown Classic Clinic for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 22 from 4-7 p.m. An exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members will take place on Saturday, May 23 at 9 a.m. Pre-Orders are required for both opportunities by calling 607-547-0397.

Also as part of Classic Weekend, Hall of Fame members will lead an exclusive golf outing, 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.

All tickets purchased online or via phone will be shipped starting May 1. Tickets purchased online or via phone prior to May 15 will be sent via U.S. Mail. Tickets purchased May 15 through May 21 must be picked up at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 22, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has teamed up with Sports Travel and Tours to offer baseball fans a one-stop opportunity to purchase Classic Weekend travel packages. For more information or to plan a trip to Cooperstown, please call 1-888-310-HALL (4255). Membership participants receive a 5% discount on all their baseball travel packages.

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. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $23 for adults (13 and over), $15 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for juniors (ages 7-12) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.