"The 2008 season is going to be a very special one in the International League and May 18 is going to be a very special day," IL president Randy Mobley said today. "As the second oldest league in all of professional sports (behind only the National League), the International League is expectedly proud of its history. The opportunity for two of the League's most tenured clubs, Rochester with 121 years and Syracuse with 94 years (Buffalo also has 94 years), to face off in a regular season game at such a sacred location as Doubleday Field is the ultimate way to honor the history of the League and the great game we all love. This will be an historic afternoon for professional baseball and one that will be talked about for years to come. Fans will not want to miss this special event as baseball will be doing what it does best ... creating memories."
The Cooperstown game will be a highlight of the International League's 125th campaign. In addition to this historic event, IL fans will have opportunities all season long to participate in the anniversary celebration. Special activities and events are planned throughout the League, including induction of the largest class in the history of the International League Hall of Fame.
In the coming days an announcement will be made with further information on purchasing tickets to the Cooperstown game, as well as combination packages that will include a pass to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "Day trip" opportunities with transportation to Cooperstown from Syracuse and Rochester will also be available. Tickets will be sold through the Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings, as well as other outlets in central and northwestern New York.
Excitement is sure to spread quickly among the fans of the participating clubs in Syracuse and Rochester. "The Syracuse Chiefs are very honored to be included in this historic game", said Chiefs general manager John Simone. "We look forward to the great baseball fans of central New York supporting this endeavor."
Red Wings general manager Dan Mason agreed. "Our organization is very excited about participating in this fitting celebration of the International League's 125th anniversary, pitting two of the League's most storied franchises at the birthplace of baseball. I know our players, coaching staff, fans and media are looking forward to making the trip to Cooperstown for this historic game. I can't thank the Syracuse Chiefs and the International League enough for the opportunity for our team to participate in this game."
Doubleday Field, located just two blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, has been home to the game of baseball for more than 85 years. Since 1940 the now 9,800-seat facility has been the site of the annual "Hall of Fame Game," an exhibition between two Major League clubs. Doubleday Field has hosted a number of New York-Penn League games over the years, and is also a home for amateur and American Legion baseball.