HOF Classic to return to Cooperstown


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Six Hall of Fame legends will be joined by a roster of more than two dozen former major league players for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 24 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, 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.

The Classic, now in its sixth year, will feature a new twist for 2014, as recently retired players representing the major league clubs are expected to join the roster and participate in the Classic and weekend events. The new format, fueled by assistance from Major League Baseball in conjunction with the Museum's 75th anniversary season, will bring an infusion of new faces into the Classic lineup, which will feature the pre-game Hitting 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.

Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. They will be joined by Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Rollie Fingers, along with two Hall of Famers to be announced, who will serve as coaches for the teams. The rosters of Classic players will be announced in April. Tickets for the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic will go on sale Monday, March 3.

In addition to the Classic, Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features additional family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes. Following the game on Saturday, the Hall of Fame will reprise its Night at the Museum program, which debuted to rave reviews in 2013. Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening beginning at 7 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, interactions and moderated discussions.

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.

The Museum will also offer events as part of Classic Weekend tailored for a variety of audiences, including the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic, hosted in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, on Friday, May 23 from 4-7 p.m. An exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members will take place on Saturday, May 24 at 9 a.m. Pre-Orders are required for both opportunities by calling 607-547-0397.

Two ticket packages for the Hall of Fame Classic and Night at the Museum will first be available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. ET on Monday, March 3:

-Classic Connection will feature Hall of Fame Classic ticket and a one-day Museum admission pass for just $12.50, a savings of $19.50 off the regular rate.

-Legendary Twinbill features a Hall of Fame Classic ticket, a one-day Museum admission pass and a ticket to A Night at the Museum for $50. 

Tickets will go 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. Tickets are only available via phone or online.


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