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July 4, 2013

Induction 2013 to feature 41 returning Hall of Famers

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 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.

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