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The view of Otsego Lake from the back porch of the Otesaga Hotel. (Craig Muder/National Baseball Hall of Fame)

The eyes of the baseball world will soon be gazing upon the small village at the southern most tip of Otsego Lake in the heart of Leatherstocking Country. 

[Around the Horn - Hall of Fame Weekend Edition]

Acclaimed author Frank Deford delivered the keynote address on Wednesday. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

Serving up the first pitch of the 25th Annual Symposium on Baseball and American Culture was famed author and commentator Frank Deford, the keynote speaker and opening salvo of a three-day event involving lovers of the national game.

Cito Gaston and Bobby Cox share memories with fans at a Voices of the Game program on Saturday at the Hall of Fame. (Josh Szot/NBHOF Library)

While poor weather conditions forced the cancellation of the Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic, the day was anything but a total washout as fans had the opportunity to meet, shake hands and have their photo taken with a couple dozen of those who had the rare opportunity to play in the big leagues.

Former big league pitcher Joel Bennett talks about character in baseball at the Youth Skills Clinic at Doubleday Field. (Milo Stewart Jr./NBHOF Library)

While the forecast correctly predicted a consistently cloudy and drizzly day, the wet weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 125 children attending the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field on Friday afternoon.

Rangers executive Don Welke smiles as he discusses a scouting report on Jayson Werth that he once wrote. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

Hall of Fame executive Branch Rickey once described the role of a scout as having the ability to “assay the gold content in a handful of ore.” Today, the long and storied history of those same miners, always on the lookout for the next diamond in the rough, is told at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Museum supporter David Lustig shares a moment with Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven during the 2012 Cooperstown Golf Classic. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

For a baseball fan, the annual Cooperstown Golf Classic represents the round of a lifetime.

Museum Member David Vernon Lustig has repeated that 18-hole dream in each of the last three years – and will return to Cooperstown again this Memorial Day Weekend. But for Lustig, the chance to drive and putt with Hall of Famers is only a part of what brings him back again and again.

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and Cooperstown area sixth graders pose for a picture in the BASE exhibit. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

On Thursday, Ryne Sandberg was named the Philadelphia Phillies’ third base coach for the 2013 season.

NL President and future Hall of Famer Ford C. Frick amended the NL constitution to include a best-of-3 series to serve as a tie-breaker. (NBHOF Library)

Before division champions and division series, before wild cards and the LCS, there were three-game playoffs.

Fifty years ago this week, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-games-to-1 in what was the National League’s fourth best-of-3 playoff series in 17 years. Its like has not been seen since, and it may never be seen again.

For its first six decades, the NL decided its champion on the basis of regular-season record. Not once in that time had extra games been needed to decide the title.

Jean Faut was one of 47 members of the AAGPBL who stopped by the Hall of Fame during their reunion. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

"It was the most exciting time of my life," said Jean Faut. "And we can't talk about it too much or I'll startcrying because it was wonderful."

Winner of the inaugural BASE Race 10K, Robert Fritz, poses for a picture with his first place prize. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – It was a chance to enjoy a summer morning with friends on the streets of Cooperstown, so it was easy to see why the inaugural BASE Race was an instant hit. 

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