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Pat Gillick holding a Houston Colt .45s jersey from when he worked for Colt .45s in early 1960s. (Marilu Lopez Fretts/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Pat Gillick spent his professional career evaluating baseball talent, and his skill at the job took him all the way to Cooperstown.

So when Gillick toured the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday in preparation for his July 24 induction, his scouting instincts took over.

"There's a lot of guys here with high leg kicks," said Gillick while looking at artifacts from Sandy Koufax and other Hall of Fame pitchers. "You just don't see that any more."

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

United States President Barack Obama awarded Hall of Famer Stan Musial the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation's highest civilian honor – on Feb. 15.

Musial received 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.

During the ceremony, Obama said the recipients represent "the best of who we are and who we aspire to be." 

Chico Outlaws Eri Yoshida during a practice at Butte's Cowan Field on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 in Butte Valley, Calif. (Jason Halley/Chico Enterprise-Record)

In the 2010 movie Remember Me, actress Emilie de Ravin's character Ally is at a fancy restaurant meeting her boyfriend's father for the first time.

After telling him of her plans to get a job in social work with a concentration in criminal justice, he explains that she has chosen a difficult path.

"Well, when I was little I wanted to be the next shortstop for the New York Mets. It can't get much harder than that," she responds.

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.

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