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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)

View a transcript of the press conference

View a press release about Saturday's events

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.

Ozzie Smith plays catch with some participants at PLAY Ball on Friday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

View a transcript of Saturday's press conference with the Class of 2011

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- While Ozzie Smith didn't replicate one of his famous Opening Day back flips, he did informally launch the 2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Hall of Famers began arriving at The Otesaga Resort Hotel on Thursday for Hall of Fame Weekend 2011. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Chatting on one side of the big room was Goose, Ryno was making the rounds, and god was just admiring the view. Yes, the arrival of a number of familiar faces signaled the beginning of the 2011 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend.

Thanks to some early arrivals, the lobby of The Otesaga Hotel was abuzz with activity as such Hall of Fame members as Rich "Goose" Gossage, Ryne Sandberg, Doug Harvey and Lou Brock were able to beat the heat outside and catch up with old friends.

Transcript of conference call with Roland Hemond

Transcript of conference call with Bill Conlin

Transcript of conference call with Dave Van Horne

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Hall of Fame Award winners excel at being able to communicate insight on the game of baseball.

Hall of Famer Goose Gossage delivers a pitch during the Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Media info from Sunday's Hall of Fame Classic

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Former big league pitcher Frank DiPino may have been speaking for all the former players on Sunday when he said after the conclusion of the 2011 Hall of Fame Classic, "This is our heaven down here."

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