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March 6, 2008

Final Fame Game tickets on sale Saturday

Connolly to drum up support for

Staff Report

Tickets for this June’s final Hall of Fame Game will go on sale Saturday, with approximately 2,500 seats available through a one-day walk-up sale at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Museum members can purchase tickets by phone starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. The 2008 Hall of Fame Game will be played on Monday, June 16, and will feature a pair of National League rivals, the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres. The Game will begin at 2 p.m., with pre-game festivities starting at noon with the Hall of Fame Game Day Parade on Main Street, presented by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Hall of Fame. The always-popular Home Run Derby will commence at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field.

The 2008 Hall of Fame Game, an exhibition game and Cooperstown tradition since 1940, has remained the only in-season exhibition game for the last several years, and has been held independently of Hall of Fame Weekend since 2003. Major League Baseball has announced that this will be the final Hall of Fame Game.

Shortly after the announcement was made, Cooperstown graduate Kristian Connolly formed the website On the website, he urges fans to send letters to major league baseball and Hall of Fame officials asking them to reconsider the decision.

In an email to the Crier, Connolly said he and other savethefamegame volunteers will be at Saturday’s ticket sale trying to drum up support for their mission.

``In the coming weeks and months, will be making its presence felt at events where we can reach a lot of people on the ground to help spread the word and keep the pressure on MLB and the MLBPA. Check for updates,’’ Connolly wrote.

Hall of Fame official Brad Horn said Monday that they have had no further communication with Major League Baseball officials about the Hall of Fame Game since January’s announcement. He said Hall officials are in talks about other possible scenarios for the Weekend other than the game, and an announcement will be made when a decision is reached.

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