Hall of Fame Classic
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.
This year, Hall of Fame members Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Ozzie Smith and Robin Yount were 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, highlighted 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, featured 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 was delivered at 2:05 p.m.
Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith returned as team captains and managers. They were joined by Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Tom Glavine, Tony Perez and Robin Yount, who served as coaches for the teams.
2015 Hall of Fame Classic participants
Bobby Abreu (Phillies), Brady Anderson (Orioles), Rick Ankiel (Nationals), Steve Avery (Braves), Homer Bush (Blue Jays), Orlando Cabrera (Red Sox), Greg Cadaret (Athletics), Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Ron Cey (Dodgers), David Dellucci (Diamondbacks), Bob Dernier (Cubs), Jim Eisenreich (Royals), John Franco (Mets), Travis Fryman (Indians), Brian Holman (Mariners), Charles Johnson (Marlins), Jacque Jones (Twins), Mark Loretta (Padres), Bengie Molina (Angels), Russ Ortiz (Giants), Roy Oswalt (Astros), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Alfonso Soriano (Yankees), Eddie Taubensee (Reds), Alan Trammell (Tigers), Dan Wheeler (Rays), Jack Wilson (Pirates) and Steve Woodard (Brewers).
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 reprised its A Night at the Museum program, for its third season. Hall of Fame legends and former players greeted fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening.
Also as part of Classic Weekend, Hall of Fame members enjoyed an exclusive golf outing, the Cooperstown Classic Clinic was held for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 22, an exclusive photo opportunity with Hall of Fame members was held on Saturday, May 23 and the BASE Race 5K and 10K runs took place on the morning of Saturday, May 23.
For more information, please visit the Hall of Fame Classic page!