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February 13, 2014

HOF considering Warriors' softball game

They may celebrate baseball at the Baseball Hall of Fame, but for the Hall’s 75th anniversary they’re planning some softball.

A charity game featuring celebrities versus a Wounded Warriors’ team, is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Aug 1. 

The game would be set up and run by an independent agent who would donate the proceeds back to the Hall of Fame as a not-for-profit organization. The proposed game would include a team of celebrities which may include athletes, musicians and actors who would play against members of the Wounded Warriors Project.

The HOF 75th Anniversary concert with the Boston Pops and guests will be at the Clark Sports Center on Aug. 2, one week after the 2014 Induction Weekend. 

Craig Muder, director of communications for the HOF said, “LGH19 Productions, which is staging the Aug. 2 Cooperstown Concert Celebration to benefit the Baseball Hall of Fame in its 75th year, is considering ancillary events to augment the big show. At this point they have reserved the field, in case they want to use it for a softball game or otherwise.”

At the Cooperstown Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 27, the trustees voted 7-0 to approve an all-day rental for the HOF on Aug. 1. 

Mayor Jeff Katz told the trustees that the HOF would pay a full-day rate and that the vote would include the use of softball dimensions for the field. 

The promoter will sell tickets for general admission with a cost of approximately $15 to $20 per person. Prior to the game a possible round-table discussion will be held with members of the teams. The discussion would be held on the field possibly with a platform set up between home plate and the pitcher’s mound for easy visibility from the grandstand area.

The Wounded Warriors Project is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to honor veterans and help them return to their homes and lives in a way that allows them to “move from surviving to thriving.” 

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