---- — In less than four weeks, the largest gathering of Hall of Famers anywhere in the baseball world will thrill fans at the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and throughout the three-day tribute to the National Pastime.
More than 40 Hall of Famers are expected to return to Cooperstown to celebrate the enshrinement of the Class of 2013 July 26-28. As of July 1, an expected 41 Hall of Famers are scheduled to be a part of Hall of Fame Weekend festivities in Cooperstown to celebrate the induction of Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White – the men who were elected to the Hall of Fame in December by the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
The Induction Ceremony will also include a special induction of 12 electees who never had an official induction – Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby and the entire Class of 1945: Roger Bresnahan, Dan Brouthers, Fred Clarke, Jimmy Collins, Ed Delahanty, Hugh Duffy, Hughie Jennings, King Kelly, Jim O’Rourke and Wilbert Robinson.
The Induction Ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 28, with ceremonies beginning at 1:30 p.m.
On Saturday, July 27, the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Doubleday Field, where the returning Hall of Famers will gather on stage to honor the 2013 Award Winners. Longtime Philadelphia baseball scribe and current MLB.com writer Paul Hagen will receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, and legendary Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek will be posthumously honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.
The Awards Presentation will also feature a salute to Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull, whose studio produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” as well as the honoring of Dr. Frank Jobe and Tommy John, who teamed up to pioneer the surgical procedure now known as Tommy John Surgery.
Admission to both the July 27 Awards Presentation and the July 28 Induction Ceremony is free.
As of July 1, the Hall of Fame members expected to return to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend include: Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Barry Larkin, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Alomar, Carlton Fisk, Tommy Lasorda, Frank Robinson, Luis Aparicio, Whitey Ford, Juan Marichal, Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson, Willie Mays, Ozzie Smith, Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Bill Mazeroski, Bruce Sutter, Wade Boggs, Goose Gossage, Joe Morgan, Don Sutton, Jim Bunning, Tony Gwynn, Eddie Murray, Billy Williams, Rod Carew, Doug Harvey, Phil Niekro, Robin Yount, Orlando Cepeda, Rickey Henderson, Gaylord Perry, Andre Dawson, Ralph Kiner, Jim Rice, Dennis Eckersle, Sandy Koufax and Cal Ripken Jr.
The Induction Ceremony will be held on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown starting at 1:30 p.m. July 28, unless severe weather forces an event cancellation. Seating is free and unlimited and the ceremony is expected to last around two hours. The ceremony will be televised live on MLB Network, broadcast nationally on Sirius XM Radio and will be available via a Web cast at www.baseballhall.org.
The Awards Presentation will be held at Doubleday Field. Gates will open at 3 p.m. for a special pre-presentation entertainment event, followed by the 4:30 p.m. Awards Presentation, which is expected to last an hour. Following the Awards Presentation, the Hall of Famers and award winners will stage for the Parade of Legends, which will follow after the event, in a ride down Main Street in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company.
The complete schedule for Hall of Fame Weekend includes:
Friday, July 26:
• Ozzie Smith’s PLAY Ball Museum fundraiser will be held at 8 a.m. The annual fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs gives fans a unique opportunity to experience on-field moments and share stories with Ozzie and his Hall of Fame friends, including Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal and other special guests. The event begins with an exclusive morning reception in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, then moves to a Cooperstown-area diamond for two hours of interactive stories, instruction and fun. To register, call 547-0397.
• As part of the celebration of the museum’s 75th anniversary in 2014, the Hall of Fame and the United States Mint will unveil the reverse (tails side) design of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins at 11 a.m. in the Grandstand Theater. The design contest finalists for the obverse (heads side) will also be showcased at the event. The winners of the design competition will be announced in mid-September, with the coins available to the public in 2014. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 112-152) calls for a three-coin program of $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins and requires a competition to select a common obverse design emblematic of the game of baseball.
Saturday, July 27:
• The Hall of Fame Awards Presentation will take place at 4:30 p.m. at Doubleday Field. Longtime Philadelphia baseball scribe and current MLB.com writer Paul Hagen will receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, and legendary Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek will be posthumously honored with the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.
• The fourth annual Hall of Fame Parade of Legends will begin at 6 p.m. along Main Street. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate on Chestnut Street and conclude at the front steps of the museum on Main Street.
Sunday, July 28:
• The annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center, located one mile south of the Hall of Fame.
• The Class of 2013 will have their Hall of Fame Plaques installed in the museum’s Plaque Gallery at approximately 7 p.m. (Hall of Famers will not be present).