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November 22, 2013

HOF anniversary to span four weekends


The 2014 Induction Weekend is July 25 to 28, with the induction at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 at the Clark Sports Center.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Clark Sports Center will host a celebration concert staged by LGH Productions and featuring the Boston Pops.

“We are bringing here to Cooperstown the greatest house band in the world in the Boston Pops,” Idelson said.

He said that the rest of the lineup will be announced shortly and will include musicians from various genres including country, rock, classical and jazz. “It is going to be a star-studded line-up with individual performers each coming out to perform three to five songs with the (Pops).

“The reason we have not announced the lineup yet,” he added, “is that performers are just beginning to make their plans for the year. But they are aware of what we are doing and we have a lot of people who are interested.”

Idelson said that he expects many other celebrities to attend the event, including actors and comedians. “Really we are looking at it as a cultural event, and not just a concert,” he said.

“We are really are going to have a lot of tentacles in the water and a lot of reasons for people to become attached to Cooperstown,” he continued.

The open house concluded with a ribbon cutting for the HOF’s new exhibit, “Picturing America’s Pastime.” The exhibit, which includes 50 photos from the collection as well as more than a dozen artifacts, attempts to represent the history of the game and its connection to America, according to Erik Strohl, the vice president for exhibitions and collections.

“The goal was to pick 50 photos that represent the entire scope, breath and depth of the collection,” Strohl said, adding that it took his staff many months to choose the final pictures for the collection.

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