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

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Phil Niekro mastered one of the most difficult pitches to throw, the knuckleball, and watched it dance past hitters for 24 seasons.

And much to the chagrin of some of those same hitters – but to the delight of fans at Doubleday Field – Niekro is ready to take the mound one more time for the June 20 Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.

Paul Blair will appear in Cooperstown on Father's Day for the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – When Paul Blair began his professional baseball career, he envisioned himself as a shortstop.

But once he arrived in the big leagues in 1964, Blair spent the next 17 seasons collecting Gold Gloves for his play in the outfield – and World Series rings for his overall contributions to championship teams.

Hall of Famer will be in Cooperstown on Father's Day for the 2010 Hall of Fame Classic. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Goose Gossage’s focus on the field was legendary during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.

But when Gossage steps onto Doubleday Field on Father’s Day for the Hall of Fame Classic, fans will forgive him if he’s a little distracted.

Chase (left) and Noel Sosnoski take part in recreating a 1920s baseball radio broadcast. (Samantha Carr/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Although it is Spring Break from school for kids all over the country this week, visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are getting an education.

This week, the Hall of Fame celebrated Youth Baseball Week with educational programs for kids of all ages.

In Going, Going, Gone!, visitors got to recreate the baseball broadcast from Game 7 of the 1924 World Series between the Giants and the Senators.

Joe Mauer donated a bat and jersey from the 2009 MLB season to the Hall of Fame. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Joe Mauer’s thoughts are never far from home.

But when the Minnesota Twins All-Star appears on the next episode of Homecoming with Rick Reilly on Saturday, he’ll receive a double dose of home – thanks to Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announces changes to the Hall of Fame Weekend schedule. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Baseball’s greatest weekend will celebrate the careers of three new Hall of Fame inductees while introducing a new lineup of family-friendly activities, as Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 will take place July 23-26 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Robin Roberts was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

The commissioner didn’t say anything about brains. I’ll tell you, I showed up a lot, which is one of the reasons I’m here, and I’m very grateful for it. Before I speak, I would like to introduce my wife Mary. Will you please stand up. My oldest son Robbie and his wife Debbie. My next boy Danny; then Richard, who’s 19 years old; and the one we still have at home, Jimmie. I’m like Freddie, I have so many people that took the time to come all this way to be in Cooperstown, not only to see the Hall of Fame, but here because I am being inducted today, and I thank them so very much.

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