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Anthony (left) and Ashton (middle) Zullo play catch with their dad Robert (right) during Hall of Fame Classic Weekend. (Carter Kegelman/Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – During last year’s Hall of Fame Classic Weekend, Robert Zullo and his son Anthony enjoyed running on Doubleday Field and playing a game of catch.

This year, they couldn’t wait to come back to share another Father’s Day in Cooperstown.

Anthony brought his older sister Ashton to join in on the fun at Family Catch on Saturday – the day before the second-annual Hall of Fame Classic. Robert Zullo, a participant in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program from Stuyvesant Falls, N.Y., comes to Cooperstown every year.

Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Rollie Fingers spent most of his big league career changing how baseball is played.

This Father’s Day, Fingers will have the chance to make a little more history at the second-annual Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday in Cooperstown.

Hall of Famer Gary Carter will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – He played baseball’s most demanding position with such pride and enthusiasm that they called him “The Kid.”

And on June 20, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter brings that love of the game to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame Classic.

Jeff Kent will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – When Jeff Kent tearfully announced his retirement in January 2009, fans said goodbye to the most prolific home run-hitting second baseman of all time.

On Father’s Day, many of those same fans will welcome Kent to Cooperstown when he suits up again for the Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Fan favorite Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith may have stood out for the backflips he performed for special occasions, but it was his acrobatics at shortstop during the games that punched his ticket to Cooperstown.

Smith won a record 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards between 1978 and 1996 with the Padres and Cardinals on his way to a Hall of Fame career, turning defense into must-see TV on highlight shows.

John Doherty will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – John Doherty was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and later experienced the other side of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as a pitcher with Boston.

On Father’s Day, Doherty will reunite with many players from that rivalry when he suits up at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.

Dennis Rasmussen will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Dennis Rasmussen towered over batters on the mound for 12 big league seasons. The 6-foot-7 lefty pitched from the Padres, Yankees, Reds, Cubs and Royals from 1983-1995.

Now, Rasmussen is headed to the home of the giants of baseball: Cooperstown.

Kevin Bass will appear at the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – After a career as an All-Star right fielder, Kevin Bass should feel right at home in Cooperstown.

Bass, a 14-year big league veteran, will suit up on Father’s Day at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown in the Hall of Fame Classic. The second-annual Classic Weekend will feature Hall of Famers Gary Carter, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith, along with 20 other former major leaguers – like Bass – in a seven-inning exhibition game, with first pitch slated for 2 p.m.

Desi Relaford will appear in the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Many infielders can play more than one position, but Desi Relaford went above and beyond, even proving successful on the pitcher’s mound.

Predominantly a shortstop during his 11-year big league career, Relaford took the mound in a blowout while with the Mets in 2001, throwing a perfect inning with a strikeout and 90-plus mph heat. Now, Relaford is ready to showcase his versatile skills in Cooperstown.

Paul Dickson was the 2009 Keynote Speaker at the Cooperstown Symposium. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

America’s National Pastime gets examined through a number of different prisms this week.

Approximately 120 people from throughout the country will converge on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for three days, beginning on Wednesday, June 2, to attend the annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

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

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