Blyleven, Fingers, Gossage, Raines and Trammell Headed to Cooperstown for Classic Weekend, May 24-26
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – From starters to relievers, infielders to outfielders, they are some of the game’s greatest performers of the last five decades.
They will all be in Cooperstown Memorial Day Weekend.
Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Tim Raines and Alan Trammell will headline Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, May 25-27 in Cooperstown. The five Hall of Famers will be joined by recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams for the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 25 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, are now on sale via phone at (607) 207-9519 or online and are $12.50 for first baseline seats and $11 for outfield seats.
Seating along the third baseline will not be available, as the Village of Cooperstown is coordinating ongoing renovations of Doubleday Field in preparation for the ballpark’s 100th anniversary in 2020.
The Classic, now in its 11th year and fueled by assistance from MLB, features the pregame Home Run Derby at noon, followed by first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
Blyleven, Fingers, Gossage, Raines and Trammell will serve as managers and coaches at the Classic. The three Hall of Fame pitchers combined for 535 big league wins and 652 saves while Raines and Trammell totaled 4,970 hits, 2,802 runs scored and 1,044 stolen bases during careers that spanned from 1968 (Fingers’ first season) to 2002 (Raines’ final season).
The 2019 Hall of Fame Classic highlights a weekend of family entertainment programs designed to celebrate the timeless connection of baseball across generations. In addition to the Classic, Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features the following additional family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes.
Night at the Museum
Following the game on Saturday, the Hall of Fame will reprise its Night at the Museum program, now in its seventh 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 the Night at the Museum program is not an autograph session, fans should remember to bring their camera to capture their special family memories.
The Hall of Fame’s popular BASE Race returns as part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend festivities. The Hall of Fame, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the eighth annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run and competitive 10k event – at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field. The race events benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages. Registration for the 2019 BASE Race is $25 and $55 for families, and signups are now being accepted online at http://baserace.itsyourrace.com. Each registered runner will receive a race medal (for the first 300 runners to register), goodie bag and a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic. On race day, registration will be $30 for individuals and $65 for families. Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 607-547-0329 or the Clark Sports Center at 607-547-2800.
Cooperstown Classic Clinic
The Cooperstown Classic Clinic will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 24 at Doubleday Field. The Clinic, for children 7-12 years of age, gives participants a chance to receive hands-on training from several former major leaguers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The Clinic is a free event but preregistration is required. To register, please call 607-547-0397.
Doubleday Kids Dash
Following the game on Saturday will be the Doubleday Kids Dash, a free event for children to round third and head for home on the base paths of historic Doubleday Field. Sign-ups will be held on Saturday, May 25, at Doubleday Field. Preregistration is not required.
Hall of Fame Member Golf Outing
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 event, please call 607-547-0310.
All tickets purchased online or via phone will be shipped starting Friday, April 26. Tickets purchased online or via phone prior to May 17 will be sent via U.S. Mail.
Tickets purchased May 18 through May 23 must be picked up at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Online ticketing ends at 5 p.m. ET on May 23.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 24, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 25.
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.