February 12, 2016

Museum to honor NYSUT members at May 28 Hall of Fame Classic

Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

- NYSUT Members Eligible for Buy-One, Get-One-Free Ticket Offer -

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) The secrets of baseball are handed down through the generations, taught by those who themselves learned from the best.

Many of those legends now call Cooperstown home, and this Memorial Day Weekend the National Baseball Hall of Fame will celebrate all teachers across New York State with a special Hall of Fame Classic ticket offer.

The Museum will honor members of the New York State United Teachers organization at the 2016 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown. NYSUT members will receive recognition at the Classic – the annual legends game at historic Doubleday Field. The 2016 Hall of Fame Classic will be held Saturday, May 28, with Hall of Famers and recently retired big leaguers participating in a celebration of the National Pastime at the home of baseball.

NYSUT members receive a special ticket offer for the Classic, with buy-one, get-one-free tickets available to all members. NYSUT members can purchase up to six regular-priced Classic tickets and receive six tickets of equal value.

The Classic, now in its eighth season and fueled by assistance from MLB, features a new start time this year, with the pre-game Home Run Contest at noon and first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith return as team captains and managers. They will be joined by four Hall of Famers:  Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg, along with two to be announced. Each will serve as coaches for the teams. The full roster of Classic players will be announced later this spring.

Tickets for the 2016 Hall of Fame Classic will go on sale at 9 a.m. EST Monday, March 7 at or by calling 1-877-726-9028.

Players already committed to appear at the 2016 Hall of Fame Classic include:

Michael Barrett (Nationals), Brandon Backe (Astros), Travis Hafner (Indians), LaTroy Hawkins (Twins), Torii Hunter (Angels), Terrence Long (Athletics), Juan Pierre (Marlins), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Andy Sonnanstine (Rays), Alfonso Soriano (Yankees), Ryan Spilborghs (Rockies), Tanyon Sturtze (Blue Jays), Alan Trammell (Tigers) and Steve Woodard (Brewers).

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $12.50 for first and third base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats.

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 Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Museum observes summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. Ticket prices are $23 for adults (13 and over), $15 for seniors (65 and over) and $12 for juniors (ages 7-12) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

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