Coop grad tries
to save Game
By ERIC AHLQVIST
Kris Connolly, a 1995 Cooperstown
graduate, is not going to let
the Hall of Fame Game tradition
die without a fight.
Connolly and a group of friends
have launched the website savethefamegame.
com, a site which lists
17 reasons why the Game should
be saved, lists the phone numbers
of Major League Baseball executives
and the Hall of Fame, and has
a link for fans to tell their own stories
about their Hall of Fame Game
Hall of Fame officials announced
last week that Major League Baseball
has decided to discontinue the
annual game after this year's June
16 contest, ending a nearly 70-year
tradition in Cooperstown.
"The fan's voice was not heard
before this decision was made,"
Connolly said in an e-mail to the
Crier. " Major League Baseball
made a decision that not only affects
fans, but will also directly affect
many people that rely on the
annual Hall of Fame Game for a
variety of important reasons."
One of the reasons to save the
game listed on the site is "The
According to CCS high school
superintendent Mary Jo McPhail,
high school students could lose an
average of $9,000 to $11,000 earned
by running the concession stands
at the game.
"First, MLB ended the AL vs.
NL format," Connolly wrote. "Then
it separated the game from Induction
Weekend before finally killing
it last week. The Hall of Fame
Game has survived a world war,
player strikes, steroids and more
for almost 70 years in order to help
maintain what is right and true
about our national game."
The site encourages people to
send an email to Major League
Baseball president and COO Bob
Dupuy, Major League Baseball
Players Association chief Don Fehr,
and Hall of Fame president Dale
Petroskey to let them know that
they want the Hall of Fame Game
to continue beyond this year.
"Obviously, this shows how passionate
fans are about the Game,"
said Hall of Fame spokesman Brad
Horn, who stressed that the decision
to end the contest was solely
Major League Baseball's.
MLB officials said last week
that scheduling the game has become
increasingly difficult over
time with the advent of more teams
and inter-league play.
"Don't allow Major League Baseball
and others to kill one of the
few remaining pure events in all of
professional sports," Connolly
wrote. "The Hall of Fame Game
doesn't need TV ratings, ad revenue
or 24-7 news-cycle hype to survive.
It only needs 10,000 baseball
fans - young and old - and two
Major League teams for one day a
year. That's all it takes to greatly
impact a deserving community,
and remind spectators and participants
alike that baseball is a glorious
game, and an undeniable part
of American culture and identity."
VISIT THE SITE: www.savethefamegame.com