Mets, O's to meet in Hall of Fame Game

Mets, O's to meet in Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- The 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Game will feature a flashback to the 1969 World Series as the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles will play on Monday, May 21 at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y., a tradition started in 1940 and continuing today as the only in-season exhibition game on the Major League Baseball schedule.

Tickets for the annual Hall of Fame Game will first be made available on Saturday, February 17. Approximately 1,500 seats will be made available in the annual on-site ticket sale at the Museum, beginning at 10 a.m., while members will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets over the Internet at www.baseballhalloffame.org or by calling 888-HALL-OF-FAME, also beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are limited to six per customer.

New York will be the home team and will occupy the first base dugout at Doubleday Field. Baltimore will occupy the third base dugout as the road team. Doubleday Field has a seating capacity of 9,571.

The Hall of Fame Game will begin at 2 p.m., with pre-game festivities starting at 12 noon with the Hall of Fame Game Day Parade on Main Street and the always-popular Home Run Derby at 1 p.m. at Doubleday Field.

On-Site Ticket Sale: Approximately 1,500 tickets will first be available through a one-day, over-the-counter ticket sale at the Museum on Feb. 17, beginning at 10 a.m. All visitors purchasing tickets to the Hall of Fame Game during the first-day sale will be admitted FREE to the Museum on February 17. Patrons for the first-day ticket sale will not be allowed to line-up outdoors overnight. The Museum will open at 9 a.m. on February 17, at which time patrons will be allowed into the Museum. Patrons must hold their place in line.

Hall of Fame Members: Hall of Fame members will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase a maximum of six Game tickets per membership beginning Feb. 17 in two convenient ways: at the Museum's on-line store at baseballhalloffame.org; or by calling the mail order department at 888-HALL-OF-FAME, option 2, anytime from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., EST. Valid membership numbers are required for purchase. No member discounts apply to this sale. The sale will last until February 25 or until supplies are exhausted.

General Purchase: Should any tickets remain following the one-day sale on Feb. 17 and the member sale, the general public will have the opportunity to purchase up to six tickets beginning February 26 at 9 a.m., until ticket quantities are exhausted. Tickets will be available for general public purchase in two ways: at the Museum's on-line store at baseballhalloffame.org, or by calling the Museum's mail-order department at 888-HALL-OF-FAME, option 2, from Monday-Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., EST.

The Mets will be making their sixth appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, sporting a 1-2-2 mark in five previous games, their first Cooperstown appearance since 1992, a 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Mets have also appeared in the Hall of Fame Game in 1964 (a 6-4 loss to the Washington Senators), 1976 (a 9-3 loss to Milwaukee), 1978 (a 4-4 tie against Detroit in a game called by rain in the 7th), and 1982 (a 4-4 tie against the Chicago White Sox in a game called by rain in the 8th).

The Orioles will be making their sixth scheduled appearance in the Hall of Fame Game, the first for the franchise since 1998, a 7-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Baltimore owns a 2-2 record in Hall of Fame Game play, with their 1990 scheduled game against the Montreal Expos cancelled due to rain. The Orioles also have appeared in Cooperstown in 1961 (a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers), 1967 (a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds), and in 1983 (a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals).

The 2007 Game marks the fifth consecutive year that it has been held independently of Hall of Fame Weekend, which is scheduled for July 27-30. The 2007 date marks the third time in five years that the game has been played in May. Prior to 2003, the Game was held in conjunction with Weekend ceremonies, as a stand alone game on the Monday following induction ceremonies since 1977.

The Hall of Fame Game has traditionally paired inter-league rivals, but will feature an inter-league match-up for the first time in three years, since the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins dueled in 2004. The 2007 Hall of Fame Game features the first pairing of a World Series rematch since the Braves-Twins in 2004 (1991 World Series) and the 12th time overall that a World Series rematch has been scheduled in the Hall of Fame Game: Tigers-Cubs in 1995 (1945, 1935, 1908 and 1907); Red Sox-Reds in 1989 (1975); A's-Reds in 1981 (1972); Dodgers-Yankees in 1972 (1963, 1956, 1955, 1953, 1952, 1949, 1947 and 1941); Yankees-Braves in 1962 (1957); Yankees-Reds in 1954 (1939); Reds-White Sox in 1953 (1919); Red Sox-Giants in 1950 (1912); Cardinals-A's in 1942 (1931 and 1930); and Cubs-Red Sox in 1940 (1918).

Hall of Fame Weekend 2007: Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 27-30 in Cooperstown. The results of the 2007 Baseball Writers' Association of America vote will be announced on Tuesday, January 9 at 2 p.m. The results of the 2007 Veterans Committee election will be announced on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. Induction Ceremonies will take place on Sunday, July 29, at the Clark Sports Center, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Other events are being planned and will be announced soon. There is no admission fee for the Induction Ceremony. The winner of the 2006 Ford C. Frick Award, to be announced Feb. 22, along with Rick Hummel, the 2006 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient, will also be honored.

Open seven days a week the year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, the Hall of Fame is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. after Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Ticket prices are $14.50 for adults (13 and over), $9 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $5 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children six years of age or younger, active and retired card-carrying military personnel. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhalloffame.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.