Hall of Famers set for May

COOPERSTOWN — The ninth Hall of Fame Classic will be held at Doubleday Field on May 27 as Hall of Famers and recently retired players suit up for the annual seven-inning legends game.

Presented by Ford Motor Company and fueled with assistance from Major League Baseball, the classic highlights a weekend of family entertainment programs designed to celebrate the connection of baseball across generations.

First pitch for the classic is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., with the home run contest beginning at noon.

Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith will reprise their roles as team managers, with the full roster of Hall of Famers and classic players to be announced later this spring.

Following the classic, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host its Night at the Museum program, now in its fifth season. Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the museum on Saturday beginning at 6 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 and interactions.

Tickets for the classic and Night at the Museum will be available starting Monday, March 6, for participants in the Hall of Fame’s membership program and on March 13 for non-members.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first- and third-base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets for Night at the Museum are priced at $50 for participants in the membership program and $100 for non-members. For information on Museum membership, visit www.baseballhall.org/join.

Tickets for both events will be available by phone at (877) 726-9028 or at www.baseballhall.org.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has teamed up with Sports Travel and Tours to offer baseball fans a one-stop opportunity to purchase Classic Weekend travel packages. For more information or to plan a trip to Cooperstown, call (888) 310-HALL (4255). Membership participants receive a 5 percent discount on all their baseball travel packages.

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. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for summer hours.

The museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $23 for adults 13 and older, $15 for seniors 65 and older, and $12 for juniors ages 7 to 12 and for those holding current memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations.

Members are always admitted free, and there is no charge for children 6 or younger. The institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit its website at baseballhall.org or call (888) HALL-OF-FAME ([888] 425-5633) or (607) 547-7200.

By Patricia Older

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