Hall of Fame Classic

Spring Training may be in full swing, but the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is already gearing up for its unofficial start of the summer season.

Tickets for the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic, scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, are on sale now.

Hall of Fame members Rollie Fingers, Randy Johnson, Phil Niekro, Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith will be joined by an additional Hall of Famer and recently retired players representing all 30 major league teams for a seven-inning legends game on Saturday, May 26 at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field.

The 2018 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.

Tickets are available via phone at 1-877-726-9028 or here. Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats.

The Classic, now in its 10th year and fueled by assistance from MLB, features a pre-game Home Run Contest at noon, followed by the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

Juan Marichal gives fellow Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith a hug during the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)


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Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. They will be joined by Hall of Famers Rollie Fingers, Randy Johnson, Tim Raines and an additional Hall of Famer – to be announced in the coming weeks – who will serve as coaches for the teams. The full rosters of Classic players will also be announced later this spring.

Players already committed to appear at the 2018 Hall of Fame Classic include:

  • Clint Barmes
  • Michael Barrett
  • Chris Gomez
  • Jeremy Guthrie
  • Terrence Long
  • John McDonald
  • Craig Monroe
  • Augie Ojeda
  • Juan Pierre
  • A.J. Pierzynski
    (Chicago White Sox)
  • Kerry Robinson
  • Ryan Rowland-Smith
  • Andy Sonnanstine
  • Shane Victorino
  • Jack Wilson
  • Steve Woodard
  • Todd Zeile

Kids Run the Bases

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Hall of Fame Classic Weekend features additional family events designed to promote interactivity between fans and their baseball heroes. 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.

Hall of Famer Wade Boggs welcomes home a runner during a between-innings contest at the Hall of Fame Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Night at the Museum

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The Hall of Fame will reprise its Night at the Museum program, now in its sixth season. Hall of Fame legends and former players will greet fans throughout the Museum on Saturday evening 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. While the Night at the Museum program is not an autograph session, fans should remember to bring their camera to capture their special memories. Tickets for Night at the Museum are on sale now for Museum Members and go on sale March 12 to the general public. Tickets are priced at $50 for participants in the Museum’s Membership Program and $100 for non-Members. For information on Museum Membership, please click here.

Ozzie Smith poses with fans for a photograph during the 2017 Night at the Museum event at the Hall of Fame Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Cooperstown Classic Clinic

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The Museum will also offer the Cooperstown Classic Clinic, a baseball training event for youngsters ages 7-12 on Friday, May 25 from 4-7 p.m. The Clinic gives youth participants a chance to receive hands-on tips and advice from several former major leaguers at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. The event is free but pre-order is required for this special opportunity by calling 607-547-0397.

Young fans go through a throwing drill during the 2017 Cooperstown Classic Clinic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)


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The Hall of Fame’s newest hit is embarking on an extended “run” in Cooperstown, the popular BASE Race is being held on Memorial Day Weekend, with the same course and lineup, as part of Hall of Fame Classic Weekend festivities.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, will present the seventh annual BASE Race charity runs – a 5k fun run and competitive 10k events -- on Saturday, May 26 – starting and ending at historic Doubleday Field and featuring courses that wind through scenic Cooperstown and along the warning track of the historic ballpark. The race events benefit the Museum’s “Be A Superior Example” program promoting healthy lifestyle choices for individuals of all ages.

Fans are encouraged to support their favorite major league team as part of the 2018 BASE Race, as selected former major league players will be a part of the race activities, as the lead-off event to a full day of programming for the Hall of Fame Classic on May 26.

Registration for the 2018 BASE Race is $25 and $55 for families. Each registered runner will receive a finishers 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.

Proceeds from the BASE Race support outreach for BASE, the Hall of Fame’s educational initiative which promotes the concepts of healthy lifestyle choices to a worldwide audience, educating students about the dangers of performance-enhancing substances.

Additional Ticket Information

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All tickets purchased online or via phone will be shipped starting Friday, 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 Saturday, May 26. Online ticketing ends at 11:59 p.m. ET 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 Saturday, May 26.

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2017 Highlights

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Classic Weekend travel packages

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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, please call 1-888-310-HALL (4255). Membership participants receive a 5% discount on all their baseball travel packages. Learn More

Cooperstown Golf Classic

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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.

Hall of Famers Phil Niekro, Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers, Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith pose with VP, sponsorship & development Ken Meifert and Hall of Fame members, during the 2017 Cooperstown Golf Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Plan Your Visit

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