Cubs, Padres to play final HOF game

COOPERSTOWN, New York (Ticker) - The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres will play in what will be the final Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown on June 16, it was announced Tuesday.

Major League Baseball confirmed the game - a rematch of the 1984 National League Championship Series - would be the final Hall of Fame Game, ending a tradition that started in 1940.

“We are delighted to have the Cubs and Padres in Cooperstown for Father’s Day Weekend,” said Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey. “They are two of the National League’s most exciting teams and will surely provide great entertainment.

“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.”

The game is the only exhibition game to be played during the regular season.

“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 Major League Baseball chief operating officer Bob DuPuy.

The Cubs will be making their seventh appearance in the Hall of Fame game while the Padres will play for the third time, still seeking a first win.

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Updated Tuesday, Jan 29, 2008