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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.  

Bob Tufts pitched for the Giants and the Royals after a career at Princeton. (NBHOF Library)

While Bob Tufts’ Ivy League education may have made him unique among his big league teammates, he fit in perfectly with the crowd assembled for this week’s 26th Annual Symposium on Baseball and American Culture held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Senior VP for Planning and Development for the LA Dodgers, Janet Marie Smith, delivers the keynote presentation. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

The 26th Annual Symposium on Baseball and American Culture got under way on Wednesday with presentation from internationally known architect and urban planner Janet Marie Smith, the three-day event’s keynote speaker for an audience filled with lovers of the National Pastime.

Co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the symposium and its more than 200 representatives abd 60 presentations examines the impact of baseball on American culture from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Hideki Matsui joins his Knucksie teammates on the field. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

Though Mother Nature’s fickle behavior turned a pleasant spring afternoon into a water-soaked deluge, both players and fans enjoyed the Cooperstown experience on Saturday.

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