Dawson, Murray, Matsui join HOF Classic field


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Seventy-five years ago, baseball’s biggest stars came to Cooperstown for a late-spring celebration of the National Pastime.  This Memorial Day Weekend, history will repeat with the appearance of former major leaguers from each of the teams in a new roster and format as part of the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, emphasizing a weekend of family entertainment designed to celebrate the timeless connection of baseball across generations.

Hall of Fame Members Roberto Alomar, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will serve as managers and coaches for the sixth annual Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday, May 24 at Doubleday Field, with a roster of recently retired players representing the 30 Major League Baseball teams highlighting a new format change to this popular spring family event in Cooperstown.

The enhanced Classic format, fueled by assistance from Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Museum’s 75th anniversary season, will bring an infusion of new faces to the legends exhibition game, which will spotlight the return of the popular Home Run Derby at 1 p.m.  First pitch of the Classic is slated for 2:05 p.m. The Cooperstown Game Day Parade will showcase appearances by Hall of Fame Members and major league players on Main Street starting at 12 noon.

Game rosters are expected to feature a representation from each of the 30 major league teams. To date, the lineup for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic features players who represent two Most Valuable Player Awards, three World Series MVPs, two All-Star Game MVPs, a combined 56 All-Star Game selections, 18 Gold Glove Awards, and a member of the 600 Home Run Club. Players scheduled to participate in the Classic as of April 1 include:

Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Scott Hatteberg (A’s), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Brady Clark (Brewers), Livan Hernandez (Nationals), Kirk Rueter (Giants), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Todd Jones (Tigers), Reggie Sanders (Reds), Adam Everett (Astros), Brad Lidge (Phillies), Mike Sweeney (Royals), David Eckstein (Angels), Hideki Matsui (Yankees), Jim Thome (Indians), Steve Garvey (Dodgers), Carl Pavano (Twins), Dan Wheeler (Rays), Alex Gonzalez (Blue Jays), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Jack Wilson (Pirates), Luis Gonzalez (D’Backs) and Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers).

Roster additions will be announced throughout the spring.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets are currently available via phone or online.

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