Ozzie Smith, Fergie Jenkins to Serve as Managers for May 28 Hall of Fame Classic
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – Fergie Jenkins and Ozzie Smith faced each other 19 times as pitcher vs. batter during their Hall of Fame careers.
On May 28 at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field, they’ll make it an even 20 as opposing managers at the Hall of Fame Classic legends game.
The Classic will feature a record eight Hall of Famers as it returns after a two-year hiatus for the 12th edition of the popular seven-inning contest at Doubleday Field. Wade Boggs, Jack Morris, Tim Raines, Ted Simmons, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell will assist Hall of Fame teammates Fergie and Ozzie as team coaches for the squads that will feature representatives from all 30 big league teams.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are now on sale via phone at 1-888-325-0470 or here 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.
The Classic, fueled by assistance from MLB, features the pregame Home Run Derby at noon, followed by first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
Players committed to appear at the Hall of Fame Classic include: Bobby Abreu (Phillies), Willie Aikens (Royals), Alex Arias (Marlins), Alex Avila (Tigers), Carlos Baerga (Guardians), Grégor Blanco (Giants), Michael Bourn (Astros), Pat Borders (Blue Jays), Steve Buechele (Rangers), Bruce Chen (Braves), José Contreras (White Sox), Keith Foulke (Red Sox), David Freese (Cardinals), Carlos Gómez (Brewers), Carlos González (Rockies), Gio González (Nationals), Craig Grebeck (Angels), Garrett Jones (Pirates), Terrence Long (Athletics), Corky Miller (Reds), Carlos Peña (Rays), Glen Perkins (Twins), Ryan Rowland-Smith (Mariners), Steve Sax (Dodgers), Tim Stauffer (Padres), Nick Swisher (Yankees), Matt Wieters (Orioles), Chris Young (Diamondbacks) and Todd Zeile (Mets).
Roster additions will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2022 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 game, the May 27-29 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features the following additional family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes.
Cooperstown Classic Clinic
The Museum will offer the Cooperstown Classic Clinic, a baseball training event for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 27, from 4-7 p.m. The Clinic gives youth participants a chance to receive hands-on tips and advice from several former major leaguers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The event is free but pre-order is required for this special opportunity by emailing [email protected].
Doubleday Kids Dash
Following the game on Saturday will be the Doubleday Kids Dash, a chance for children to round third and head for home on the base paths of historic Doubleday Field. Space in the Doubleday Kids Dash, which is a free event, is limited. There is no pre-registration for this event.
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 golf outing, please call 607-547-0310.
All tickets purchased online or via phone will be shipped starting Friday, April 22. Tickets purchased online or via phone prior to May 17 will be sent via U.S. Mail.
Tickets purchased May 21 through May 26 must be picked up at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. Online ticketing ends at 5 p.m. ET on May 26.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 27, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28.
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.