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Billy Crystal served as the director and executive producer for the classic American film 61*. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

American's love affair with both the silver screen and the national pastime has been evident for over a century. One shining example of this rich history was recently on display at the game's ancestral home.

With many of the key filmmakers on hand, a movie that portrayed Yankees' sluggers Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle's epic pursuit of Babe Ruth's single-season home run record nearly five decades ago, 61*, was honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum late Friday morning.

Andre Dawson was presented his plaque on Sunday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Three new teammates – Hawk, the White Rat, and god - were added the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s roster – and the trio was thrilled to become members of this legendary squad.

At the Induction Ceremony held outside at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday afternoon, approximately 10,000 spectators were on hand to witness the coronation of player Andre Dawson, manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey. From this day forward they will forever be members of the greatest club ever assembled.

Former major leaguer Tim Raines tries to sink a putt as Hall of Fame inductee Andre Dawson looks on. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Transcript from Saturday's Press Conference (pdf)

The day began early with golf and ended with a parade. Not a bad day to be in Cooperstown.

Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor and Bruce Sutter participated in PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith on Friday.(Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

The skies opened up with a torrent of rain on Cooperstown on Friday, but didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of either the participants or presenters at the 2010 Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend’s inaugural event.

Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey will be inducted during Hall of Fame Weekend 2010. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

You can sense the anticipation building in Cooperstown, the upstate New York village of some 2,000 year-round residents, as its ranks swell many times over because the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Induction Weekend is mere hours away.

Whether you are taking a stroll down Main Street, visiting the Hall of Fame’s Plaque Gallery, or grabbing a slice at a local pizzeria, the feeling is palpable that something important is about to happen. And it is, with the induction of slugger Andre Dawson, manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The Class of 2010: Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Soon, the day they worked and dreamed about will be upon the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

Now, a week’s worth of anticipation is all that stands between Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey, Whitey Herzog and Cooperstown.

“It changes your life drastically,” said Dawson of being elected to the Hall of Fame. “I couldn’t have imagined it.”

Jeff Kent has donated artifacts from his career as the all-time home run leader for second baseman. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Sprinkled among the two teams in the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic were seven honored inductees with bronze likenesses in the Plaque Gallery. But for a quartet of the 22 other former major leaguers that participated in Sunday afternoon’s game at Doubleday Field, a part of the careers will forever be part of the Cooperstown institution.

The Hall of Fame is constantly adding new artifacts to its vast collection, and for the four players in town this weekend who have donated something from their playing careers the honor has been everlasting.

Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith (left) and Phil Niekro share a laugh before the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Watch a video of the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic in Review

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – They came back to the home of baseball with their old uniforms and gloves, ready to play the game they love one more time. They came back to reminisce with old rivals and teammates, savoring a chance to swap stories and renew friendships.

Hall of Famer Bob Feller congratulates Classic MVP Mark Whiten on a home run. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

View a video of Tim McIntosh's amazing grab at second base

View the 2010 Classic Box Score

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Mark Whiten etched his name into baseball history – and the Hall of Fame archive – with a four-homer performance for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1993.

On Sunday, Whiten became part of Doubleday Field lore with a legendary afternoon at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic.

A dozen former major leaguers taught baseball skills to kids at the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic at Doubleday Field. (Carter Kegelman/Baseball Hall of Fame)

Approximately 200 children received the experience of a lifetime when a dozen men with about 65 years of big league time lent their vast experience with the national pastime to the next generation of ballplayers.

The Legends for Youth Skills Clinic for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, was held under brilliantly sunny skies Saturday afternoon at historic Doubleday Field.

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