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PostSubject: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:44 pm

Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- There is no joy at Doubleday Field. Major League Baseball has struck out.

Nearly 70 years after the tradition began, the Baseball Hall of Fame Game will end after this year's game between the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres on June 16. Officials at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said Tuesday that Major League Baseball decided keeping the game was too difficult because of the complexities of the major league schedule and "all its inherent challenges."

Jeff Idelson, vice president of communications and education at the Hall of Fame, said the change was inevitable once all the other exhibition games were stripped from the schedule in 2002.

"It's been a great tradition, but we completely understand the enormous difficulty of scheduling, with interleague play, expansion and teams entitled to an off-day every 20-plus days," he said. "It's sad that the tradition is ending, but by the same token we're rateful for what they've provided. We feel the museum has a tremendous amount of national programs in place now that weren't in place five or 10 years ago."

The first Hall of Fame Game was played in 1940, and it is the last surviving in-season exhibition game on the major league schedule.

"In my opinion, they just want to get rid of it. It's been a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame," 89-year-old Hall of Famer Bob Feller said. "I hate to see them do it, but they've got that heavy schedule, and the schedule is made to make money. And I'm sure the players aren't enthused about it [playing in the game]."

From its inception until 1978, the Hall of Fame Game was played the same day as the induction ceremony. It was switched in 1979 to the day after and had become a big hit, usually selling out historic Doubleday Field's 9,571 seats within hours.

The game was moved to mid-June in 2002 because of scheduling problems, and Hall of Fame officials added a parade down Main Street of this one-stoplight village as part of the festivities. The school district also developed a tradition of its own, saving the last snow day of winter so all the kids could have the day off when the major-leaguers came to town.

Local businesses are sure to take a hit with the demise of the game, but John Bullis, who heads the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, said they'll work on providing other fan attractions.

"I don't know if there'd ever be a good time. The game, for a small community, it was just grand," said Bullis, who was informed last week of the decision. "It was great while it lasted."

That the final Hall of Fame Game will take place the day after Father's Day was no consolation for 88-year-old Sam Nader, who has owned the Oneonta franchise of the New York-Penn League since the 1960s.

"I'm very disappointed. I think it's a pretty selfish thing on the part of Major League Baseball," said Nader, who plans on being at Doubleday Field for the final game. "It was great for people in the hinterlands."

People like Joe Rayter, an air traffic controller from Rochester, N.Y.

"Ouch! That hurts," said Rayter, a former Babe Ruth coach. "It's an annual event we always look forward to doing. I don't understand why it would be so hard to schedule it. It was always a couple of teams playing on the East Coast. It was always doable before. Why is it not possible now?

"I camped out there many times to get tickets to the game," Rayter said. "You feel the cold wind coming down Otsego Lake, and even though you're in that pristine, quaint village, it's still cold. It was the camaraderie of the other fans that kept you warm. I guess it isn't important anymore. They have other things to worry about, I guess, with steroids."


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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:47 pm

That's a shame.


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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Wed Jan 30, 2008 8:03 pm

Bullshit! Fuck You Selig! You reek!
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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Thu Jan 31, 2008 1:27 pm

This sucks...what a shame.
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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:38 pm

A rotten Shame; Nice going Selig
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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Tue Feb 05, 2008 12:55 pm

Isn't alot of baseball about tradition and history? Why does Selig forget this sooooo much? Idiot.
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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:32 am

Selig is a jackass
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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:38 pm

Final Hall of Fame Game ends tradition
Padres taking on Cubs in rematch of 1984 NLCS
By Jack O'Connell / MLB.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- With all the attention the National Baseball Hall of Fame has heaped on the Padres the past year, it is perfectly fitting that the San Diego club should be one of the participants in the annual and final Hall of Fame Game at 2 p.m. ET Monday at Doubleday Field. The Padres will oppose the Chicago Cubs in a sort of rematch of the 1984 National League Championship Series.

Two of the main figures of that San Diego team that reached the World Series that year for the first time in franchise history, manager Dick Williams and relief pitcher Rich "Goose" Gossage, will be inducted into the Hall next month. They will stand on the same stage where a year ago another member of the '84 Padres entered the Hall -- the greatest player in franchise history, Tony Gwynn.

This year's game marks the end of a tradition dating to 1940, when the Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox, 10-9, despite two home runs by Ted Williams. Scheduling problems in recent years have resulted in the end of the series that was an annual pairing of Major League clubs in the traditional birthplace of the sport.

"Given the complexities of the Major League schedule and all its inherent challenges, it has become increasingly difficult in recent years to find a suitable date and make the proper arrangements for two clubs to participate in the Hall of Fame Game during the regular season," MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy said. "We hope that the wonderful fans of central New York can understand the practical considerations that contributed to this decision. Cooperstown remains a beacon for our national pastime. We will continue to work with the Hall to find ways to promote it and Cooperstown throughout our season."

The historic village and its residents will indeed miss the experience of hosting current big leaguers for a day and watching them take aim at Doubleday Field's short porches. But Hall of Fame chairman Jane Forbes Clark prefers to look ahead.

"We've been extremely fortunate Major League Baseball has gone the extra mile all these years to bring two Major League teams to upstate New York," said Clark. "We'll miss that tradition, but we're now bringing more interesting programs and special events to Cooperstown than ever before. We will continue to be creative and innovative in looking for ways to host new and exciting baseball events for area residents, as well as to attract fans from the region and throughout the country."

One such event accompanies the Hall of Fame Game on Father's Day, as Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins appears in the Museum's popular "Voices of the Game" series at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and are available by calling the Hall's membership department at (607) 547-0397.

The Padres are appearing in the Hall of Fame Game for the third time and seeking their first victory. San Diego lost to the Texas Rangers, 12-5, in 1979 and to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 16-8, in '97.

The Cubs have a 3-2-1 record in six previous appearances, the most recent in 1995, an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The '88 game against the Cleveland Indians ended 1-1 with the only Chicago run coming on future Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg's home run.

The Hall of Fame Game festivities kick off at noon with a special parade down Main Street. At 1 p.m., select members of the Padres and Cubs participate in the ever-popular home run derby, with first pitch of the Hall of Fame Game to follow at 2 p.m.

The intimate setting of Doubleday Field, with its capacity of 9,571 and its cramped dugouts, offers an experience like no other for fans and players alike. The game itself is pure spectacle.

Perhaps the most famous meeting ever at Doubleday Field took place on June 12, 1939, as part of baseball's centennial celebration. The Museum opened its doors for the first time that day and inducted its first four classes of Hall of Famers ('36-'39). To coincide with the festivities, inductees Honus Wagner and Eddie Collins managed a gathering of All-Stars in what turned out to be an exhibition for the ages.

"The Wagners" group of National League stars came out on top of the "The Collins" American Leaguers, 4-2. Babe Ruth made an honorary appearance at the age of 44. Other Hall of Fame players to appear in the game included Dizzy Dean, Charlie Gehringer, Joe Medwick, Lloyd Waner, Billy Herman, Mel Ott, Hank Greenberg, Lefty Grove and Arky Vaughn.

There were also exhibition games that summer between the New York Yankees and the Triple-A Newark Bears, and between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Penn Athletic Club.

Later that year at the Winter Meetings, the Major League clubs agreed to arrange for teams to participate annually in an exhibition game in Cooperstown starting in 1940.

Through 1978, the game was scheduled on the same Sunday as the Induction Ceremony, which this year will take place on July 27. From 1979 through 2002, the game was played on the Monday after the Induction, and since then, it has been held on a separate weekend altogether from the Induction.

Hall of Fame Weekend will be held July 25-28 in Cooperstown. The Class of 2008 includes Gossage, elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and Veterans Committee electees Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn, Walter O'Malley, Billy Southworth and Williams.

The Induction Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, at the Clark Sports Center. Admission to the event is free. Longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, winner of the 2008 Ford C. Frick Award, along with the late Larry Whiteside, the 2008 J.G. Taylor Spink Award recipient, will also be honored.

Additionally, the first Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, named in memory of baseball's great ambassador, will be recognized, with a statue of O'Neil to be unveiled during the weekend.


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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:13 pm

Selig is an Asshat
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PostSubject: Re: Padres, Cubs to play in final Baseball Hall of Fame Game   Thu Jun 12, 2008 5:40 pm

SoulRat wrote:
Selig is an Asshat

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