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Selig Is Asked to Meet with in Cooperstown Next Month

COOPERSTOWN, NY (June 20, 2008) — The
campaign today sent a two-page letter to Major League Baseball
Commissioner Bud Selig to request a meeting while the commissioner is
in Cooperstown next month for the Hall of Fame’s Induction ceremony.
The Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend is July 25-28.

In the letter, which was both mailed and faxed to the commissioner’s Milwaukee office,
creator and Cooperstown native Kristian Connolly asks Mr. Selig for
“the opportunity to discuss with you the passion that exists for
keeping a great American and baseball tradition alive, share some of
the sentiment that is out there with regard to the choice that the
league and the players union made in deciding to end it, and have an
open discussion about options for retaining Major League Baseball’s
participation in the Hall of Fame Game, as it has been since 1940.”

Full text of the letter is copied below, and includes
a poem also sent to the commissioner that was written and sent to by baseball fan Dennis Segrue. The poem mimics
Thayer’s famous baseball poem “Casey at the Bat”, and has the Hall of
Fame Game, Cooperstown and Commissioner Selig as its topic.

Earlier this week,
was in Cooperstown for 2008 Hall of Fame Game festivities, including
the Cooperstown Game Day Parade, and its efforts have helped result in
an average of nearly 100 emailed letters per day going to Commissioner
Selig, MLB president Bob Dupuy, Players Association head Don Fehr and
Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson over the past week, all asking them
to reverse the decision to end the annual Hall of Fame Game after 2008.

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