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June 19, 2008

Weather silences last game

Michelle Miller

Staff Writer

Members of the campaign were hoping to silence the crowd at Doubleday Field during the bottom of the third inning of the Hall of Fame Game Monday, in order to demonstrate opposition to the decision to end the game, but Mother Nature had other plans — the nearly 70- year tradition came to an end earlier than expected.

At about 2:35 p.m., shortly after the National Anthem was sung, the sold-out exhibition game between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres was called due to poor weather conditions. Thunder roared in along with lightning flashes, heavy winds and hail, that at first, had organizers thinking the game could be postponed. However, as more storms rushed in, about 10,000 baseball enthusiasts ran to seek shelter. The campaign was launched earlier this year, following the announcement by Major League Baseball that the 2008 Hall of Fame Game would be the final such game played, ending a tradition that began in 1940. Despite ruined plans, the campaign announced that it will continue moving forward with its effort to urge MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, MLB President Bob Dupuy, MLB Players Association Chief Donald Fehr and Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson to reverse the decision to end the annual baseball tradition in Cooperstown after this year.

``I’ve always thought that Mother Nature should be the only thing to cancel a Hall of Fame Game, and today (Monday) that proved to be true,’’ said savethefamegame. com creator Kristian Connolly. ``The savethefamegame. com campaign had a tremendous experience in Cooperstown today, and the parade alone was an amazing event. I can’t say enough about the thousands of people who showed their support for savethefamegame. com today, and we look forward to building upon that support in the future.’’

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