Hall of Fame Classic to feature star power

Hall of Fame Classic to feature star power

Hall of Famers Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro and Rollie Fingers will headline the fifth annual Hall of Fame Classic on May 25 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y. The game will also feature legendary managers Bobby Cox and Cito Gaston in a rematch of the 1992 World Series.

The event will move to Memorial Day this year, because the National Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates the relationship between the game and the nation's military.

"We're going to build a team that can stop Knucksie's winning streak in Cooperstown," Gossage said in a statement, referring to Niekro's two-game winning streak in the event. "And we're all going to have fun doing it. It's an honor to come back to Cooperstown any time, and it's a special privilege to return to the Classic and to honor our nation's military heroes."

After the game, the Hall of Fame will host "A Night at the Museum," a new event that will provide a limited number of fans the opportunity to mingle with Hall of Famers and current stars.

The game itself will feature Hall of Famers and more than 20 recently retired Major Leaguers playing a seven-inning legends game. Four soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division will also participate in the contest, which will be preceded by the Legends Hitting Contest at 1 p.m. ET.

The 10th Mountain Division Band and Color Guard -- from nearby Fort Drum -- will also participate in the festivities, playing in the pregame parade and also performing the national anthem prior to the ballgame.

Complete rosters for the Classic will be announced at the end of April.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.