Fingers, Gossage, Johnson, Niekro, Raines and Smith to be part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend

COOPERSTOWN — Their careers spanned five decades, and their teammates ranged from legends of the 1950s to some of today’s biggest stars.

Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Randy Johnson, Phil Niekro, Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith will headline Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, May 25-27 in Cooperstown.

The six Hall of Famers will be joined by recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams for the Hall of Fame Classic, a seven-inning legends game on May 26 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, are now on sale via phone at 1-877-726-9028 or at and are $12.50 for first and third base seats, $11 for general admission outfield seats. The Classic, now in its 10th year and fueled by assistance from MLB, features the pregame Home Run Derby at noon, followed by first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

Niekro and Smith return as managers for the Classic, with Fingers, Gossage, Johnson and Raines serving as coaches. The four Hall of Fame pitchers combined for 859 big league wins and 682 saves while Raines and Smith totaled 5,065 hits and 1,388 stolen bases during careers that spanned from 1964 (Niekro’s first season) to 2009 (Johnson’s final season).

The 2018 Hall of Fame Classic highlights a weekend of family entertainment programs designed to celebrate the timeless connection of baseball across generations. In addition to the Classic, Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features the following additional family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes.


The Hall of Fame’s popular BASE Race returns as part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend festivities. The Hall of Fame, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the seventh annual BASE Race charity runs — a 5k fun run and competitive 10k event — on May 26, 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 2018 BASE Race is $25 and $55 for families, and signups are now being accepted online at 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.

Cooperstown Classic Clinic

The Cooperstown Classic Clinic will be held from 4-7 p.m. on May 25 at Doubleday Field. The Clinic, for children 7-12 years of age, gives youth participants a chance to receive hands-on training from several former major leaguers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The Clinic is a free event but preregistration is required. To register, call (607) 547-0397.

Kids Run the Bases

Following the game on Saturday will be Kids Run the Bases, a chance for children to round third and head for home on the base paths of historic Doubleday Field.

Space in Kids Run the Bases, which is a free event, is limited. Sign-ups will be held May 26, at Doubleday Field.

Hall of Fame Member Golf Outing

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

All Hall of Fame Classic tickets purchased online or via phone will be shipped starting April 27. Tickets purchased online or via phone prior to May 18 will be sent via U.S. Mail. Tickets purchased May 19 through May 23 must be picked up at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on May 26. Online ticketing ends at 11:59 p.m.on May 23.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ticket Booth on Friday, May 25, and again at the Doubleday Field Will Call tent beginning at 8 a.m. on May 26.

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 observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day.

Ticket prices are $23 for adults (13 and over), $15 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for juniors (ages 7-12) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

By Paul Wager

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