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Save the Hall of Fame Game                                           Contact:

Kristian Connolly


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Major League Owners, Front Office Leaders Urged to Help Save Hall of Fame Game

WASHINGTON, DC (May 29, 2008)-- The savethefamegame.com campaign announced today that it has sent a letter to the owners and select front office leaders of the 30 Major League ballclubs, asking them to please join the effort to save the annual Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, a baseball and American tradition since 1940.

Major League Baseball announced its plan to discontinue the annual summer tradition following the 2008 contest between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs, to be played on June 16 in Cooperstown.

The letter states, in part: "
Baseball, as the national game and as an industry, cannot survive without its fans, and in a sporting landscape when off-the-field news sometimes dominates what people -- especially children -- hear and see about their sporting heroes, the Hall of Fame Game has remained a touchstone for what has always been pure and true about the national pastime, and we should continue to have that reminder as part of the game’s great place in our society. I’m reaching out to you and to baseball’s owners and front office leaders because your word carries tremendous weight in this area, and you have the real capacity to stand up for the sport and for the sport’s fans."

Text of the savethefamegame.com letter to Major League owners:

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May 27, 2008

Dear Mr. Henry and Mr. Werner,

My name is Kristian Connolly, and I am a former Cooperstown resident, currently living in Washington, DC. I am contacting you today about the annual Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, NY.

You may be aware that Major League Baseball recently decided to end the annual Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown following the June 16 contest this season. This tradition first started in 1940, with Major League Baseball teams participating every season.

As a member of baseball's leadership, I am pleading with you today to please speak up against ending a nearly 70-year-old baseball and American tradition.

The recent steroid and drug scandals, the late starts to playoff and World Series games, and more have all helped to put baseball on the defensive against accusations of greed, of valuing profit motives over tradition and sportsmanship in baseball, and of ignoring and/or imperiling its most impressionable fans, the nation's children. Since 1940, the Hall of Fame Game has celebrated the national pastime on the sport's historic home field in the sport's celebrated hometown. It has been symbolic of sportsmanship, of exciting kids and adults alike about the game, of connecting to the present and reconnecting to the sport's revered history, and of fine athletic traditions.

Baseball, as the national game and as an industry, cannot survive without its fans, and in a sporting landscape when off-the-field news sometimes dominates what people -- especially children -- hear and see about their sporting heroes, the Hall of Fame Game has remained a touchstone for what has always been pure and true about the national pastime, and we should continue to have that reminder as part of the game’s great place in our society.

I’m reaching out to you and to baseball’s owners and front office leaders because your word carries tremendous weight in this area, and you have the real capacity to stand up for the sport and for the sport’s fans.

I launched the savethefamegame.com campaign to give people the ability to contact MLB commissioner Bud Selig, MLB president Bob Dupuy and Players Association head Donald Fehr to urge them to reverse their decision. With five members of Congress and people from all corners of the country showing their support, it’s clear that keeping this tradition alive is important to a great many people.

Please do not underestimate the desire out there to save the Hall of Fame Game, and the impact that you can have in helping to reverse this terrible decision and keeping a true baseball and American tradition alive. I hope you’ll seriously consider lending your voice to the growing chorus of people that love and care about our national pastime.

Thank you for your time. Best of luck in the coming months and beyond.


Sincerely,


Kristian Connolly


CC:

Sandy Alderson -- SD
Peter Angelos -- BAL
Chuck Armstrong -- SEA
Mark Attanasio -- MIL
Larry Baer -- SF
Robert Castellini -- CIN
Tom Clancy -- BAL
Frank Coonelly -- PIT
Michael Crowley -- OAK
Bill DeWitt III -- STL
William DeWitt Jr. -- STL
Lawrence Dolan -- CLE
Paul Dolan -- CLE
Dave Dombrowski -- DET
Eddie Einhorn -- CWS
Bill Giles -- PHI
David Glass -- KC
Dan Glass -- KC
Paul Godfrey -- TOR
Jim Hendry -- CHC
John Henry -- BOS
Tom Hicks -- TEX
Mike  Ilitich -- DET
Stan Kasten -- WSH
Saul Katz -- NYM
Ken Kendrick -- ARI
Crane Kenney -- CHC
Dennis Kuhl -- LAA
Ted Lerner -- WSH
Howard Lincoln -- SEA
Jeffrey Loria -- FLA
Frank McCourt -- LAD
Jamie McCourt -- LAD
Peter Magowan -- SF
Keli McGregor -- COL
Terry McGuirk -- ATL
Drayton McLane -- HOU
Doug Melvin -- MIL
Charles Monfort -- COL
David Montgomery -- PHI
Jeff Moorad -- ARI
John Moores -- SD
Arte Moreno -- LAA
Robert Nutting -- PIT
Carl Pohlad -- MIN
Jerry Reinsdorf -- CWS
Nolan Ryan -- TEX
David Samson -- FLA
John Schuerholz -- ATL
Matthew Silverman -- TB
Tal Smith -- HOU
Dave St. Peter -- MIN
Howard Starkman -- TOR
George Steinbrenner -- NYY
Hal Steinbrenner -- NYY
Stuart Sternberg -- TB
Tom Werner -- BOS
W. Joseph Williams Jr. -- CIN
Fred Wilpon -- NYM
Lewis Wolff -- OAK