2015 Hall of Fame Classic Weekend

(Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame)

(Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame)

The game’s memories live forever in Cooperstown. And once every spring, the legends who authored the National Pastime’s greatest moments come together at the home of baseball for a weekend that has truly become a Classic.

Hall of Fame members Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount will be joined by recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 23 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field. The 2015 Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, highlights a weekend of family entertainment programs designed to celebrate the timeless connection of baseball across generations, while saluting the contributions of those who served our nation’s military over Memorial Day Weekend.

The Classic, now in its seventh year, fueled by assistance from MLB, features the pre-game Home Run Contest at 1 p.m. and the Cooperstown Main Street Game Day Parade at 12 noon. First pitch of the Classic is slated for 2:05 p.m.

Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. They will be joined by Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Tony Perez and Robin Yount, who will serve as coaches for the teams. The full rosters of Classic players will be in announced later this spring.

Players already committed to appear at the 2015 Hall of Fame Classic include:


(Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame)

Bobby Abreu (Phillies), Rick Ankiel (Nationals), Steve Avery (Braves), Greg Cadaret (Athletics), Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Ron Cey (Dodgers), David Dellucci (Diamondbacks), John Franco (Mets), Travis Fryman (Indians), Charles Johnson (Marlins), Jacque Jones (Twins), Mark Loretta (Padres), Roy Oswalt (Astros), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Eddie Taubensee (Reds), Alan Trammell (Tigers), Dan Wheeler (Rays) and Jack Wilson (Pirates).

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes. Following the game on Saturday, the Hall of Fame will reprise its A Night at the Museumprogram, now in its third season. Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

Also as part of Classic Weekend, Hall of Fame members will lead an exclusive golf outing, the Cooperstown Classic Clinic will be held for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 22, an exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members will be held on Saturday, May 23 and the BASE Race 5K and 10K runs will take place on Saturday, May 23.

More information at baseballhall.org.