Padres, Cubs in last Hall of Fame Game
San Diego takes on Chicago in Cooperstown on June 16
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will make their share of history in 2008, at least according to their schedule.
The Padres will not only play the first Major League games in China, they will play in the final Baseball Hall of Fame Game at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.
In a rematch of teams that faced each other in the 1984 National League Championship Series, the Padres will face the Chicago Cubs at 11 a.m. PT on Monday, June 16.
The Cubs will be the home team and will occupy the first-base dugout. The Padres will occupy the third-base dugout as the road team.
Ticket prices are $12.50 for first- and third-base seats and $11 for outfield seats. Tickets will be available for purchase in person during a one-day sale on March 8, or for members by phone beginning that same day. Tickets will not be available for purchase online this year due to the commemorative nature of this final event.
"We are delighted to have the Cubs and Padres in Cooperstown for Father's Day weekend. They are two of the National League's most exciting teams and will surely provide great entertainment," said Hall of Fame President Dale Petroskey in a statement.
"We're grateful to Major League Baseball for making an annual Hall of Fame Game possible for so many years, but we also understand their enormous scheduling challenge today, which makes continuing this exhibition game impossible."
This will be the final Hall of Fame Game in a series that started in 1940.
"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," said Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball's president and chief operating officer.
"Since 1940 the Hall of Fame Game has been a unique part of the baseball calendar, and one that has been greatly enjoyed."
Pregame festivities will start at 9 a.m. with the Hall of Fame Game Day Parade on Main Street and the always-popular Home Run Derby at 10 a.m. at Doubleday Field.
This will be the Padres' third appearance in the Hall of Fame Game; they went 0-2 in their previous appearances. In 1979 they lost to the Texas Rangers, 12-5, with future Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Ozzie Smith both seeing game action for the Padres.
In 1997 the Dodgers defeated the Padres, 16-8. New York native and fan favorite Archi Cianfrocco won the Home Run Derby before the game.
The Hall of Fame Game will come on an off-day during the Padres' road trip to Cleveland and New York. The Padres will open a three-game series the following day, June 17, at Yankee Stadium, giving the schedule yet another historic footnote. This is the last season that games will be played at Yankee Stadium, as the team will move to a new stadium in 2009.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.