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Stan Musial was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

United States president Barack Obama has announced that Hall of Famer Stan Musial will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation's highest civilian honor – in 2011.

Musial will receive the award at a White House ceremony along with other new medal winners including former President George H.W. Bush, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, poet Maya Angelou and Wall Street investor Warren Buffet.

Dave Niehaus won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting in 2008. (Seattle Mariners)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The 2011 season will dawn like no other in Seattle baseball. Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Mariners for their entire history, has been silenced.

Niehaus, 75, died on Wednesday after suffering a heart attack. The 2008 Ford C. Frick Award winner at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Niehaus called all but a handful of the Mariners' 5,385 games since the franchise's birth in 1977.

Hall of Fame Director of Education Anna Wade (right) interviewed Andre Dawson at Cooperstown Central School about character and courage. (Milo Stewart Jr.)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Baseball players often get painted as talented athletes who are lucky to play ball for a living. What is often overlooked is how hard major leaguers work to get and stay where they are.

Nobody knows that hard work better than Andre Dawson.

Roberto Clemente was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

His storied name is synonymous with moral excellence, compassion and charitable work.

Whether it was in his adopted home of Pittsburgh, his native soil Puerto Rico or even the largest country in Central America, Nicaragua, the fans and followers have never forgotten this selfless living soul. Our memories are not only of a proud ballplayer who had an extraordinary career but also about the character and courage of a human being affectionately called "The Great One," Roberto Clemente Walker.

Rusty Wallace checks out Ozzie Smith's hat from the 1996 All-Star Game in the Hall of Fame archives. (Craig Muder/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

By Craig Muder and Samantha Carr

View a photo gallery of Rusty Wallace's visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – During his Induction speech in July, Whitey Herzog explained that leading up to his special day, people would ask him what it feels like to be a Hall of Famer – and he couldn’t tell them until it actually happened.

Less than two weeks later in Cooperstown, potential NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace – himself a fan of Herzog’s Cardinals – knew exactly how Herzog felt.

Doug Harvey holds the plate from his final major league game in the Hall of Fame archives. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

View a video the Hall of Fame's Erik Strohl giving a tour to Doug Harvey

Photo Gallery of Doug Harvey's Hall of Fame orientation visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The last time Doug Harvey and his wife toured the Baseball Hall of Fame, they bought a ticket and walked around without anyone knowing they were there.

This time, they were accompanied by curators, media and photographers – and made the tour as an elected Hall of Famer.

Robin Roberts (left) poses with MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn during his 1976 Induction Ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Robin Roberts was deceptively quick in his 19-year major league career. Harry “The Hat” Walker, the National League skipper who managed against Roberts, once said of Robin, “When you think you have him solved and are ready to cut yourself loose, Boom! Comes the fastball. Faster than you think.”

The Hall of Fame's Erik Strohl shows new electee Andre Dawson where his plaque will reside in Cooperstown. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

View a video of Andre Dawson's career highlights

Despite 14 knee operations and two knee replacements, the Hawk flew through his new home Tuesday afternoon.

Whitey Herzog toured the Hall of Fame on Monday in preparation for his July Induction. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

View a video clip of the Hall of Fame's Erik Strohl giving a tour to Whitey Herzog

View a photo gallery of Whitey Herzog's visit

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Whitey Herzog believes that Oct. 27, 1985 was the worst day of his life. Of course, that was the day his Cardinals lost Game 7 of the World Series to the Kansas City Royals.

But coming in July, Herzog may have a new best day.

Tom Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992. (Rich Pilling/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

He is known to the Mets and their fans as “The Franchise,” a title few other players of any sport can claim – and a nickname equal to his patented “Tom Terrific.”

His plaque in the gallery of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the only one bearing the Mets’ logo. And this year, he’ll welcome thousands of fans to the Hall of Fame in his Mets uniform as the Museum’s Membership Spokesman.

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