Hall of Famers to return for 2019 Classic

Greg Klein | The Daily Star

Hall of Famers Eddie Murrary, left, and Ozzie Smith share a laugh before the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. 

Hall of Fame members Bert Blyleven, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines and Alan Trammell will be joined by recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams for a seven-inning legends game at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Classic will take place Saturday, May 25, as part of a special weekend of events from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $15 for grandstand seats, $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 in preparation for the ballpark’s 100th anniversary in 2020.

The Classic, now in its 11th year, features a pre-game Home Run Contest at noon, followed by the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

As has been the case for the past seven years, the players will be recently retired major leaguers, representing all 30 teams. 

According to the Hall of Fame, the players committed to appear are: Chris Snyder, Arizona Diamondbacks; Cristhian Martínez, Atlanta Braves; John Parrish, Baltimore Orioles; Carlos Baerga, Boston Red Sox; Koyie Hill, Chicago Cubs; A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox; Brett Tomko, Cincinnati Reds; Cory Snyder, Cleveland Indians; Jeff Francis, Colorado Rockies; Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers; Willy Taveras, Houston Astros; Mark Teahen, Kansas City Royals; Orlando Cabrera, Los Angeles Angels; Steve Sax, Los Angeles Dodgers; Charles Johnson, Miami Marlins; Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers; Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins; Todd Zeile, New York Mets; Ramiro Mendoza, New York Yankees; Terrence Long, Oakland Athletics; Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies; Jack Wilson, Pittsburgh Pirates; Jason Marquis, St. Louis Cardinals; Andy Ashby, San Diego Padres; Brad Hennessey, San Francisco Giants; Ryan Rowland-Smith, Seattle Mariners; Grant Balfour, Tampa Bay Rays; Kevin Mench, Texas Rangers; Orlando Hudson, Toronto Blue Jays; and Michael Barrett, Washington Nationals.

As part of the weekend, the Hall will open an exhibit on baseball cards, “Shoebox Treasures.” The exhibit, which will open to the public at noon Saturday, May 25, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier that morning. “Shoebox Treasures” features more than 700 square feet of space and will touch on the history and production of the cards, as well as the 1980s boom that turned a child’s hobby into a multi-million dollar industry. It will feature more than 2,000 cards on display in vertical drawers that will allow visitors to explore the museum’s collection. Visitors can interact with the cards through a classic “bicycle spokes” interactive and also have the chance to make their own virtual baseball cards. 

In addition to the Classic, the Hall will hold several other events during the weekend: 

BASE Race

The Hall of Fame, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the eighth annual BASE Race charity runs — a 5K fun run and competitive 10k event — at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 25, starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field. The race events benefit the museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages. Registration for the 2019 BASE Race is $25 and $55 for families, and sign-ups are accepted online at http://baserace.itsyourrace.com. Each registered runner will receive a race medal (for the first 300 runners to register), goodie bag and a free general admission ticket to the Hall of Fame Classic.

On race day, registration will be $30 for individuals and $65 for families. Additional details are available by calling the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum at 607-547-0329 or the Clark Sports Center at 607-547-2800.

Doubleday Kids Dash

Following the game Saturday will be the Doubleday Kids Dash, a free event for children to round third and head for home on the base paths of historic Doubleday Field. Sign-ups will be held Saturday, May 25, at Doubleday Field. Preregistration is not required.

Hall of Fame Member Golf Outing

Also as part of Classic Weekend, Hall of Fame members will lead an exclusive golf outing Sunday, May 26, with a limited number of spots available for golfers, at the Leatherstocking Golf Course on Otsego Lake. For more information, call 607-547-0310.

The Hall’s Cooperstown Classic Clinic on Friday and Saturday’s Night at the Museum are sold out.