Four-time World Champion Paul Blair to Greet Fans at Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic Ticket Sale

Public Ticket Sale for Father’s Day Legends Game Begins at 9 a.m. at Hall of Fame

March 18, 2010


COOPERSTOWN, NY – The return of the annual Hall of Fame Classic is drawing baseball’s best to Cooperstown.

Tickets for the June 20 Classic, a legends game featuring seven Hall of Famers and more than 20 recently retired big leaguers, go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. And among the fans at the Museum that day will be former Orioles, Yankees and Reds outfielder Paul Blair, who is also scheduled to appear at the Classic on Father’s Day at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

Paul Blair will greet visitors in line for Classic Tickets on March 20. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Blair, an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner and four-time World Series champion, will greet visitors in line for the ticket sale and participate in a roundtable discussion at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theater. Admission to the discussion is included with the regular Museum ticket price.

Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will headline the Hall of Fame Classic, with preliminary rosters of more than 20 other former major leaguers yet to be announced, in a seven-inning legends game at Doubleday Field. The 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will be held Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, and will be staged in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Tickets for the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will go on sale Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday with a walk-up sale at the Museum. Tickets are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for outfield seats. New for 2010, an eight-ticket maximum per ticket purchaser applies. Ticket buyers may line up at 6 a.m. at the Museum on Saturday, but not earlier. Overnight camping is not permitted. Tickets for general public purchase will only be available on Saturday in person at the Hall of Fame. Should tickets remain beginning March 29, phone and Internet sales will begin for the general public.

Also starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Museum members may purchase tickets by phone and online. For more information on how to purchase tickets as a Museum member, or to become a Museum member and have access to this special purchase sale, please call 607-547-0397.

Classic Weekend will feature a slate of family friendly activities, highlighted by the return of the Hall of Fame Classic. Other activities planned for Classic Weekend include a Hall of Fame Golf tournament fundraiser for the Museum, a reprise of the popular “Family Catch,” the Youth Skills Clinic hosted by several former major league players, a special Voices of the Game program, and other special programs throughout the Museum.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Classic will once again be presented by Ford Motor Company, who was the game’s presenting sponsor for the inaugural event in 2009.

The Hall of Fame Classic will be 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 Main Street. Game participants will ride in the parade on their way to Doubleday Field.

On Saturday, June 19, the Museum will present the return of “Family Catch” at Doubleday Field from 12-2 p.m. Beginning at 3 p.m., the Hall of Fame and the MLBPAA will present the Youth Skills Clinic at Doubleday Field, featuring former major league players as instructors. At 7 p.m., the Museum will host a roundtable discussion with the seven Hall of Fame members. Advance registration is required for all events. Please call 607-547-0397 for more information.

Open seven days a week the year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. until Memorial Day Weekend. Summer hours extend until Labor Day, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Ticket prices are $16.50 for adults (13 and over), $11 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $6 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children six years of age or younger, active and retired card-carrying military personnel. For more information, visit our Web site at www.baseballhalloffame.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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