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Tickets Now Available for June 19 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown

April 25, 2011

Tickets Now Available for June 19 Father’s Day

Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown

Seven Hall of Famers, Twenty Retired Major League Stars Featured as part of

Legends Game Roster; Seats on Sale Online and via Phone

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – It’s a tradition that goes back almost as far as the game itself: Fathers passing the love to baseball to their children.

Starting today, April 25, families can secure their seats at baseball’s best Father’s Day tradition: The 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company.

Tickets are first available to the general public today, following an exclusive sale for Museum members last week, for the June 19 Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Tony Pérez, Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith and Dick Williams will headline the Hall of Fame Classic along with more than 20 other former major leaguers in the Father’s Day legends game. Two-time National League Most Valuable Player Dale Murphy and 10-time All-Star Steve Garvey have recently been added to the Classic roster.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are available by calling 1-866-849-7770 or visiting www.baseballhall.org. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. A $3.50 handling charge per ticket applies to phone and online orders. Phone orders will be taken Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The online ordering system is available 24 hours per day.

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, presented by Ford Motor Company for the third straight season, will feature a slate of family friendly activities, highlighted by the return of the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include a Hall of Fame golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum, the new Classic Fest at Doubleday Field, the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players, a special Voices of the Game program, and other unique programs throughout the Museum.

The Hall of Fame Classic will be once again preceded by the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, presented by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the village of Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, beginning at noon on June 19 on Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field. Following the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, the Legends Hitting Contest will be held at Doubleday Field at 1 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Classic at 2 p.m.

In addition to the seven Hall of Famers, eight other former major leaguers have been named to the roster, including:

n Frank Catalanotto, a 14-year big leaguer who retired after the 2010 season with a .291 career batting average

n Steve Garvey, the 1974 National League Most Valuable Player with the Dodgers

n Doug Glanville, a nine-year big league veteran who recorded 204 hits during the 1999 season with Philadelphia

n Bill Lee, who won 119 games with the Red Sox and Expos and became the oldest pitcher in professional baseball history in 2010 when he started a game for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League

n Dale Murphy, a seven-time All-Star who hit 398 home runs during his career with the Braves, Phillies and Rockies

n Willie Wilson, the 1982 American League batting champion who ranks 12th all-time with 668 stolen bases

n Rick Wise, who won 188 games in 18 seasons with the Phillies, Cardinals, Red Sox, Indians and Padres

n Dmitri Young, a two-time All-Star who hit .292 in 13 big league seasons

More additions to the roster will be announced throughout the spring. For updates, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

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 baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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