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July 11, 2013

Live performances of 'Who's On First?' and 'Casey at the Bat' planned

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s On First?” and the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat.”

Live performances will be held during the Hall of Fame’s Induction Weekend as part of Saturday’s Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field. The performances will kick off the day’s events at 3:30 p.m.

A live performance of “Who’s On First?” by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara — noted for their portrayal of the classic comedy duo Bud Abbott and Lou Costello — will be staged for all fans in attendance. Joining Palmer and Sciara will be the Hall of Fame’s Director of Research Tim Wiles, who will portray The Mighty Casey in “Casey at The Bat.”

Admission is free and the gates will open at 3 p.m.

The awards presentation is expected to feature more than 40 returning Hall of Famers on stage as the museum honors 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.

Immediately following the awards presentation, 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 start on Chestnut Street and conclude at the front steps of the museum on Main Street. Hall of Famers will ride in trucks provided by Ford Motor Company en route to a private reception at the museum.

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