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August 1, 2013

Smith starts weekend with PLAY Ball

Charity raises $5,000 for scholarships

Cooperstown Crier

---- — With 13 Gold Glove Awards and 15 All-Star Game appearances on his resume, Ozzie Smith is always one of Cooperstown’s most beloved visitors.

But during Hall of Fame Weekend, the Wizard adds the role of host to his duties at the annual PLAY Ball event launching baseball’s greatest showcase.

PLAY Ball raised more than $5,000 on Friday for the diversity scholarships for the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program.

For the 12th straight year, the Hall of Fame shortstop hosted PLAY Ball as a prelude to the annual Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Smith and his Hall of Fame friends Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry shared stories with museum supporters in the Plaque Gallery and on the diamond, then took some ground balls to cap off the Players, Legends and You event.

“We’re here for the Hall of Fame’s education department because the Hall of Fame is about educating people,” Smith, who serves as the museum’s Education Ambassador, said in a media release. “And what better way to educate people than to give them the chance to spend some time with us and get to know us a little bit more on a personal level.”