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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Baseball Hall of Fame game back, sort of

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Baseball Hall of Fame game back, sort of

The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, delivered at least somewhat of a pitch right down the middle today when it announced that major league baseball will be returning to the home of baseball this June.

The traditional Hall of Fame game will be replaced with a Father's Day game played in conjunction with it's newly announced Hall of Fame Classic Weekend.

In a press release, the Hall of Fame announced that it was teaming up with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) to stage the inaugural Hall of Fame Classic, which will replace the defunct Hall of Fame Game on the 2009 baseball calendar.

"In a salute to fathers everywhere, Cooperstown will be the place for families to celebrate June 20-21, as Hall of Fame Classic Weekend will include a number of interactive activities both at the Museum and Doubleday Field, culminating with the Hall of Fame Classic on June 21, which is both Father's Day and the first day of summer.

The Hall of Fame Classic will feature four Hall of Famers and more than 20 other retired Major Leaguers. Along with the exhibition game, there will be a hitting contest and free autograph sessions throughout the day for all Hall of Fame Classic ticket holders."

Major League Baseball and the Hall of Fame were criticized for removing the former annual summer classic, Baseball Hall of Fame game last year. This may not be the same thing for the younger fans looking to get close to big name, big bucks major leaguers, but the money-weilding older baseball fans are expected to bring another big weekend back to Cooperstown.

Here is some of the offical ticket information -
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 Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. The Museum observes offseason hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend.

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 6 years of age or younger. For more information, call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

Here is a link to the Hall of Fame press release.

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