Forget Induction Weekend (for now), Memorial Day Weekend will be a big deal in Cooperstown, too, with events all over the weekend.
The 2015 Hall of Fame Classic, the BASE Race, The General Clinton Regatta and the Wounded Warriors highlight a very busy weekend in the village.
A summary of this weekend’s events:
Leading off from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday is the 2015 Cooperstown Classic Clinic where kids age 7-12 have a chance to receive hands-on training from several former major leaguers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.
Participants are asked to wear sneakers and comfortable clothing, as well as bring a baseball glove. All other equipment is provided for the clinic. The event will take place rain or shine.
Participants will spend two hours on the field with former major leaguers Steve Avery, Jim Eisenreich, Brian Holman, Eddie Taubensee, Dan Wheeler, Jack Wilson and Steve Woodard. One hour will be dedicated to off-the-field interaction, including an autograph session.
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine will deliver a special life skills message at 4:15 p.m.
Registration is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 547-0397.
Also Friday, the Hall will host programs featuring award-winning photographers Brad Mangin and Michael Zagaris at 2 and 3:30 p.m., respectively. Both programs are included with regular admission.
On Saturday, Glavine and fellow Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount will join 30 other former major leaguers in the Hall of Fame Classic.
The seven-inning exhibition game starts at 2:05 p.m., and will be preceded by the Cooperstown Game Day Parade at noon. The parade will begin in Cooper Park in Cooperstown, travel west on Main Street, turn left at the stoplight, and end at the entrance to Doubleday Field on Chestnut Street. A hitting contest will take place at 1 p.m.
Classic tickets cost $12.50 for first- and third-base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Tickets are available by calling 1-877-726-9028 and online at www.baseballhall.org.
Earlier Saturday, the annual BASE Race will be held.
The competitive 10-kilometer race will start at 8 a.m. and the 5K race will begin at 8:15 a.m. Both races start at finish at Doubleday Field.
The event benefits the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Be A Superior Example (BASE) program that promotes healthy lifestyle choices.
The fee is $25 for individuals or $55 for families. You can sign up online at http://baserace.itsyourrace.com. The first 300 to register will receive a T-shirt, goodie bag, a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic that will be held at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Doubleday Field and an admission ticket to the Hall for Saturday.
Race-day registration is $30 and $65 for families.
For more information, call the Hall at 547-0397 or the Clark Sports Center at 547-2800.
On Sunday, Cooperstown will host a patriotic doubleheader as The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play two games at Doubleday Field, starting at 1 p.m. The WWAST will also play Saturday in Oneonta.
For more information, see woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/.
The 53rd Gen. Clinton Canoe Regatta will start Monday’s holiday with the first race beginning at 6 a.m. from Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. The races will continue down the Susquehanna River, finishing in Bainbridge.
Paid parking begins Friday in the village and runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on: Main Street from Pine Boulevard to River Street; Pioneer Street from Church Street north to the end of the business district; Chestnut Street between Main Street and Lake Street; Fair Street between Main Street and Lake Street.