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2012 Bob Feller Player of the Game Desi Relaford hi-fives the Hall of Fame Classic's Hitting Champion Dmitri Young. (Milo Stewart Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A perfect summer day ended with a perfectly exciting way to end a ballgame.

The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and a few white clouds eased overhead in Cooperstown as the fourth Hall of Fame Classic Weekend reached its pinnacle on Saturday afternoon.

Harkening back to a simpler time, a trait Cooperstown is well versed in, the Cooperstown Game Day Parade began at noon. Running along Main Street, it began its tour at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and ended outside historic Doubleday Field.

Jon Warden is set to entertain again at this year's Hall of Fame Classic game. (Milo Stewart, Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Based on his major league career, Jon Warden probably isn’t the most recognizable player on the Hall of Fame Classic roster. Not this year, or any of his three previous Father’s Day Weekend trips to Cooperstown.

But from his first step onto Doubleday Field, Warden has been a fan favorite.

Former Major League player Ben Davis instructing kids on the proper throwing mechanics. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – “It’s going to be one of those Father’s Days that you’re just never going to forget … from my end and from his end,” said former big league infielder Todd Haney, pointing to his 12-year-old son Tanner (who was named after the character Tanner Boyle from the movie The Bad News Bears).

The picturesque Leatherstocking Golf Course will once again play host to the Cooperstown Golf Classic. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Mike Mantle has played some of the most famous golf courses in the world: Pebble Beach, TPC Sawgrass and Riviera Country Club, just to name a few.

But it’s his annual trip to Cooperstown’s Leatherstocking Golf Course – and the camaraderie with the members of the Baseball Hall of Fame on that course – that brings the biggest smile to Mantle’s face.

St. Louis Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa led his teams to six pennants and three World Series titles. (Brad Mangin/NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year in Cooperstown.

On Monday, St. Louis Cardinals’ manager Tony La Russa – fresh of his team’s exhilarating win over the Rangers in the World Series – announced his retirement. The 67-year-old La Russa, who led his teams to six pennants and three World Series titles in 33 years as a big league manager, will become eligible for the Hall of Fame next spring provided he remains retired.

1977 Roberto Clemente Award winner Rod Carew at Voices of the Game during Character and Courage Weekend. (Trevor Hayes/NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A Hall of Fame baseball career produces its share of awards, as Rod Carew can attest.

But at the end of the day, the seven American League batting titles, the 1967 AL Rookie of the Year Award and the 1977 AL MVP Award remain window dressing for Carew.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig stands in the new archival center bearing his name. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- After two days of activity, Major League Baseball wrapped up its August Owners Meetings, held at Cooperstown's Otesaga Hotel, around noon on Thursday. While no major news came out of the gathering, a major announcement by the Hall of Fame left Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig with a thrill of a lifetime.

In a press conference held in one of the Otesaga's meeting rooms, Selig began by sharing the day's activities to the assembled media.

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson chats with former Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams during his visit to the Hall of Fame. (Heather Ainsworth/NBHOF)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Bernie Williams has excelled on baseball’s biggest stages, whether in the World Series, an All-Star Game, or an emotional Yankees-Red Sox matchup. Today, the longtime center fielder can be found on a musical stage, holding a guitar instead of a bat, and proving to be just as successful.

From Left: Roberto Alomar, Pat Gillick and Bert Blyleven participated in a press conference on Saturday during Hall of Fame Weekend. (Milo Stewart Jr./NBHOF)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The early morning hours were reserved for golf, while the evening brought with it a parade down Main Street of what has been called America's most perfect village. In between, fans of the National Pastime had plenty of options.

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