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April 4, 2013

Awards presentation to honor film, doctor

The National Baseball Hall of Fame will honor Hollywood’s portrayal of an American icon and salute a revolutionary baseball medical procedure with two special recognitions during the annual “Awards Presentation” at Hall of Fame Weekend on Saturday, July 27.

The museum will pay tribute to Legendary Pictures founder and CEO Thomas Tull and his soon-to-be-released film “42,” which documents and pays homage to Baseball Hall of Famer and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson. The film, in partnership with Warner Bros., will be released nationwide on Friday, April 12, in advance of baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day on April 15.

The museum will also recognize Dr. Frank Jobe for the development of the historic elbow procedure, known as “Tommy John Surgery,” which has helped hundreds of major league players extend their baseball careers. John, a former left-handed pitcher who won 288 games in his 26-year major league career, will join Dr. Jobe for the special recognition.

Now in its third year, the “Awards Presentation” will take place at 4:30 p.m., at Doubleday Field, the day before the 2013 Induction Ceremony.

Admission to the “Awards Presentation” is free. The one-hour ceremony precedes the Hall of Fame Parade of Legends, featuring Hall of Fame members in a Main Street parade through Cooperstown.

For full programming details, visit www.baseballhall.org. 

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