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Classic adds big sticks for May 24 game

The Daily Star ---- — Staff Report The Hall of Fame Classic got a power boost Tuesday. Heavy hitters Eddie Murray and Andre Dawson will join four fellow National Baseball Hall of Famers on the coaching staffs for the sixth annual Classic, which is set for May 24 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Murray finished his 21-year Major League Baseball career in 1997 with 504 home runs, leading to his 2003 induction into the Hall. Dawson hit 438 homers in a 21-year career that ended in 1996. He reached the Hall in 2010. The two will join Roberto Alomar, Rollie Fingers, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith on two Hall of Fame coaching staffs for the Memorial Day Weekend event, which will be part of the shrine’s 75th anniversary celebration. Earlier this month, the Hall said Niekro and Smith would return as managers and team captains. The Hall also announced Tuesday that Jim Thome — a member of the 600 club for home runs — is one of 24 former major leaguers who have committed to play in the seven-inning exhibition game. Thome hit 612 homers over a 22-year career that ended in 2012. The others, in alphabetical order, are: Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Brady Clark (Brewers), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Adam Everett (Astros), David Eckstein (Angels), Steve Garvey (Dodgers), Alex Gonzalez (Blue Jays), Luis Gonzalez (Diamondbacks), Scott Hatteberg (A’s), Livan Hernandez (Nationals), Todd Jones (Tigers), Brad Lidge (Phillies), Hideki Matsui (Yankees), Carl Pavano (Twins), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Kirk Rueter (Giants), Reggie Sanders (Reds), Mike Sweeney (Royals), Dan Wheeler (Rays) and Jack Wilson (Pirates). The Hall said via email Tuesday that its goal is to produce rosters of retired players who will represent each of the 30 MLB franchises. The... read more
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History of The Field

Before Doubleday Field was used as a baseball stadium and community gathering spot, several individuals and business used the space that is now the parking lot for their businesses and personal use. The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from March 1887 shows that, in addition to a wood shed and ice house, there were stables managed by the Lettis family belonging to the Central Hotel. Between 1894 and 1903, a small building was constructed at the Main Street entrance of the parking lot property. This building housed Mogavero’s fruit stand as well as Noyes Lunch in 1906. In the 1910s, with growing interest to establish Cooperstown (and Doubleday Field in particular) as the birthplace of baseball, money was raised to purchase the field from the Phinney family... read more
Photo Credit: New York State Historical Association