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The plaques of the Class of 2014 arrive at the Hall of Fame to be mounted. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

With tens of thousands of loving fans before them and a national television audience witnessing the emotional event, the National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed six new members to the club on Sunday. 

2014 J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Roger Angell. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

For the biggest names in the history of the game, a visit to Cooperstown remains a dream come true. And Saturday of Induction Weekend means the stars are out at the home of baseball – and the soon-to-be inductees are preparing for their moment in the sun.

“This is my favorite place in baseball,” longtime baseball executive John Schuerholz volunteered early Saturday morning. “I’ve been in baseball 48 years and when I come here it’s a thrill for me. To be here at this place, the Valhalla, if you will, of our game. This is where everybody aspires to be.”

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt gives Play Ball participants some batting tips. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

For longtime shortstop  Ozzie Smith, returning to the Cooperstown for his annual mid-summer sojourn is more than an opportunity to catch up with his fellow members of the national pastime’s most exclusive fraternity. It’s also a chance to give back.

Cooperstown fans welcome Natalie Morales (left) and Jenna Bush Hager (right) from the Today Show. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Two longtime American institutions – NBC’s Today show, which began in 1952, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum – highlighted an exciting start to the national pastime’s famed Induction Weekend in Cooperstown on Thursday.

With the anticipation building for Hall of Fame Weekend, the Class of 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame electees made it clear on individual conference call on Friday afternoon that they were ready for the big day.

“Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig uttered those words as part of his “Luckiest Man” speech at Yankee Stadium. Just two weeks before, on June 19, Gehrig had been dealt a devastating blow when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

“I might have been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for,” Gehrig said at the end of his speech.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Minor League Baseball Pat O'Conner.

Pat O’Conner brought with him three decades of professional baseball experience with him when he recently spoke to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2014 Class of Frank and Peggy Steele interns. And in 30 more years, he expects many of those interns to be enjoying a life in professional baseball – just as he has.

Mookie Wilson reacts to the audience during his Authors Series in the Museum's Grandstand Theater. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

On the back cover of the recently-published book, Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the ’86 Mets, former pitcher Ron Darling writes, “One of my favorite teammates – a class act, an even better person than the great ballplayer he was. Mookie was the moral rudder wherever he went.”

Former big league pitcher Jeff Austin demos Google Cultural Institute. (Milo Stewart, Jr/NBHOF Library)

A day after the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 75th birthday, the Cooperstown institution reached into the game’s past for a new exhibit of one of the game’s all-time greats while embracing new technology in order to share the history of the sport with the world.

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken recounts what it is like to be a a part of Cooperstown duing the Museum's 75th Anniversary celebration. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Seventy-five years to the day after a beloved Cooperstown institution devoted to the National Pastime officially opened its doors for the first time and held its first-ever induction ceremony, Cooperstown celebrated again.  

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