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July 24, 2013

Hall of Fame Weekend stars await their moment in the sun

“We’ll see you in Cooperstown.”

For the three families of the Class of 2013 inductees and three honorees, that saying has been resonating with them since December. And now, Induction Weekend for the Class of 2013 is right around the corner.

In total, six baseball luminaries will be honored, and the Hall of Fame will welcome three new inductees during Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, Friday through Sunday in Cooperstown.

On Monday, the families of inductees and award winners had one last chance to share their stories and thoughts with the media on the upcoming weekend.

By the end of the weekend, the Hall of Fame will have 300 enshrined members, with the induction of Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, third baseman/catcher Deacon White and umpire Hank O’Day.

The three inductees were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in December 2012 by the Pre-Integration Committee. Also being honored this weekend in Cooperstown are the Spink and Frick Award winners – Paul Hagen of MLB.com and former Blue Jays voice Tom Cheek, respectively – along with Dr. Frank Jobe, the surgeon that forged new ground for pitchers with the development of what is now known as Tommy John surgery.

Representing Jacob Ruppert was his great niece, Anne Vernon. As Hall of Fame Induction Weekend draws closer, Vernon said she is looking forward to sharing Ruppert’s story.

“I know that my great uncle would be honored and excited to have this honor. [I am] trying to represent him to the best of my ability,” said Vernon. “The whole family is excited, and thank you so much to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and people who are coming. It’s going to be great.”

Ruppert was the mastermind behind creating the Yankee dynasty. He purchased the Yankees, and during his stint as owner he built Yankee Stadium and made the move to purchase Babe Ruth’s contract from Boston.

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