Hall of Fame expands Father's Day festivities

By Sports WKTV

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  - The essential Father’s Day baseball outing will become the ultimate classic weekend for fans of baseball heroes, legends and history, as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will expand its programs and offerings for the June 17-19 celebration of baseball in Cooperstown, it was announced Tuesday. 

The Third Annual Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends exhibition game featuring several Hall of Fame members and a score of other retired major league players, will headline Father’s Day, returning to Doubleday Field at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, preceded by a Main Street Parade at 12 noon and a hitting contest at 1 p.m. Presented by Ford Motor Company for the third consecutive year, the Hall of Fame Classic serves as the cornerstone for programs and events based around connecting generations and sharing the love of baseball for fathers and families of all ages.

Hall of Fame members who are scheduled to be featured in the Third Annual Hall of Fame Classic include Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith and Dick Williams. Notable former major league stars scheduled to participate include Doug Glanville, Bill Lee, Willie Wilson and Dmitri Young. Additional Hall of Famers and other retired stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

A new program designed for families of all ages highlights a new slate of programs for Saturday, June 18, designed to further the interactive experience with major league stars and fans of the game, set against the backdrop of the Hall of Fame’s award-winning education program and outreach initiatives. Classic Fest will take place from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday at Doubleday Field and the adjoining parking lot, with free family entertainment.

Programs from the Hall of Fame taking place at Doubleday Field throughout the day include a youth skills clinic, interactive programs featuring former major leaguers, an exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members, and a moderated discussion featuring all of the Hall of Fame members participating in the weekend.

“In launching the Hall of Fame Classic two years ago, our premise was to provide a fan-friendly experience for fans to see their baseball legends come to life on one of the most historic grounds in all of baseball history at Doubleday Field,” said Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “The feedback in the first two years has been nothing short of dynamic – from the more than 7,000 fans each year who have witnessed the Classic, to the players who are rediscovering their love of the game all over again, to the Cooperstown community, which embraces baseball heroes unlike anyone else. We believe these new additions to the 2011 calendar, transforming Father’s Day from a one-day event to a Weekend experience will benefit everyone and keep the Classic on the national landscape for many years to come.”

The Cooperstown Classic Fest is a joint collaboration between the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Cooperstown, in providing a festival environment for fans throughout the region and across the globe to celebrate the start of the summer season. The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will manage vending opportunities to its members in the Doubleday Field parking lot, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on June 18.
The three entities will also collaborate on the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, leading off Sunday’s schedule at 12 noon, with a parade down Main Street, featuring all of the baseball legends riding in trolleys to Doubleday Field.

Saturday, June 18 will also serve as “Price Chopper Day” at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, as all AdvantEdge card holders will be admitted to the Museum free of charge, all day long.


Tickets for the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic will first be available on Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m., through a one-day sale at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets will be available as long as they remain on Saturday. Concurrently on Saturday, April 16, tickets will be available for Museum members by phone and via the Internet beginning at 10 a.m.


The exclusive member window to purchase tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic will continue through business hours on Sunday, April 24. Should any Classic tickets remain on Monday, April 25, they will be available via phone, the Internet and in-person at the Hall of Fame’s Museum store, while supplies last.

The 2011 Hall of Fame Classic is a cooperative effort between the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Major League Baseball Players’ Alumni Association, in order to provide family entertainment through a legends game at Doubleday Field. Support for the Hall of Fame Classic is made possible by Ford Motor Company and the Otsego County Bed Tax Grant Program.

The entire slate of programs for 2011 Classic Weekend and ticket availability information is listed below:

June 17-18: Cooperstown Golf Classic

An exclusive golf opportunity with Hall of Fame members, in a fundraiser for the Museum. Golf with legends, enjoy a private reception in the Hall of Fame Gallery and experience the camaraderie of the game’s legends. Limited opportunity to 28 participants. For pricing and to reserve your spot, please call 607-547-0310.

Saturday, June 18: Classic Fest, presented by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Doubleday Parking Lot, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visitors will experience the best of Cooperstown and the summer season, with fare from local vendors, live entertainment and more.

           Activities at Doubleday Field, hosted by the Hall of Fame, include:

-          Legends for Youth Skills Clinic, 8 a.m. – 12 noon. Youth ages 6-12 can participate in a skills clinic led by former major league stars. Participation is free but pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 607-547-0397;

-          Hall of Fame Showcase, 12:30-4:30 p.m. A family-fun environment, complete with art activities, hands-on stations for baseball fans of all ages, special appearances and programs by former major league stars, educational presentations, and much more.  Activities and special guests from the Baseball Hall of Fame’s education programs. Admission is free;

-          Hall of Fame Member Photo, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to have your photo taken with Hall of Fame members at Doubleday Field, in this fundraiser for the Museum. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please call 607-547-0397;

-          Voices of the Game, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hall of Fame members in attendance will share their experiences and stories in a moderated, one-hour program. Fans catch a glimpse of their favorite Hall of Famer through this engaging presentation on the field of legends, featuring a question and answer session from fans.


Saturday, June 18: Price Chopper Day at the Hall of Fame

AdvantEdge card holders receive free admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, all day. Museum is open 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.


Sunday, June 19:  Hall of Fame Game Day Parade, Main Street, Cooperstown, 12 noon

Come watch as the Hall of Fame Members and former major league stars make their way down Main Street in Cooperstown en route to Doubleday Field. Parade begins at the corner between Main Street and Fair Street.


Sunday, June 19:  3rd Annual Hall of Fame Classic, Presented by Ford Motor Company, Doubleday Field, 1:00 p.m.

Join the fun of the third annual Classic Hitting Contest, starting at 1 p.m. and a seven-inning legends Game, beginning at 2 p.m.! Hall of Famers and 20 other former major league stars will compete in an afternoon of fun. Tickets required.


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. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger.  For more information, visit our Web site at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.



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