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July 4, 2013

Induction 2013 to feature 41 returning Hall of Famers


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

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.

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