A Closer Look: Hall of Fame Classic Weekend at The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Posted by: Cooperstown Getaway
While many baseball fans circle Hall of Fame Induction Weekend on their calendars each July, Memorial Day weekend is filled with exciting events, too. With the Hall of Fame Classic and the unveiling of a brand new exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown is the place to be for the unofficial start of summer! Read on for our rundown of can't-miss events later this month:
Hall of Fame Classic
The Hall of Fame Classic brings former players and Hall of Famers together at historic Doubleday Field for seven innings of fun-filled baseball with former players representing all 30 Major League teams, plus Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell as coaches. Other events throughout the weekend include:
Cooperstown Classic Clinic - a chance for children ages 7-12 to learn skills from former players.
7th Annual BASE Race 5k/10k - a scenic run through the streets of Cooperstown, starting and finishing at Doubleday Field.
Night at the Museum - meet Hall of Famers and former players as you enjoy the exhibits and Plaque Gallery. While the Night at the Museum program is not an autograph session, you should remember to bring your camera to capture your special memories.
Opening on May 25 in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Classic, this new permanent exhibit draws inspiration from the beloved hobby that served as an introduction to the sport for many young fans. Baseball card collectors have always been passionate, whether it was trading with friends for their favorite player or buying whole sets for their collection.
While more than 2,000 cards from the Museum's vast collection will be on display, the exhibit will also explore the history of baseball cards, starting with tobacco cards in the 1880s through the collecting boom of the 1980s with familiar brands like Topps, Fleer, and Donruss. For fans who grew up with the joy of collecting and the anticipation of opening a fresh pack of cards, Shoebox Treasures is a must-see.
So, as you can see Cooperstown is the place to be for baseball fans this Memorial Day weekend. With so many family-friendly events, it will be easy to fill your itinerary.