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The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and their manager Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (top far left) visited the Hall of Fame Wednesday. (Milo Stewart Jr./Hall of Fame)

COOPERTSOWN, N.Y. – Led by a member of the national pastime's most exclusive fraternity, almost two dozen Lehigh Valley IronPigs could be found roaming the corridors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday afternoon, awed by their historic surroundings.

Three centuries of cricket bats are included in the cricket exhibit, Swinging Away. (Marylebone Cricket Club)

The chatter was like that of any group of baseball fans – exchanges focusing on batting, pitching and fielding.

But on Saturday at the Baseball Hall of Fame, many of those fans were talking about baseball's distant cousin, cricket, and the Museum's new Swinging Away exhibit that celebrates the relationship of the two sports.

From Left: Jane Forbes Clark, Jeff Idelson, Joe Morgan, Thomas Tull, Alba Tull, Phil Niekro, Cal Ripken, Tom Shieber and Dan Wallis. (Milo Stewart Jr.)

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View a photo gallery of the exhibit opening

With three of the game's greatest players on hand, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's newest exhibit, One for the Books: Baseball Records and the Stories Behind Them, opened to the public on Saturday.

From left: Jason Schiellack, Ken Gallinger, Robert Mahon, Nick Ross, Marc Brindle, Jeff Idelson (Craig Muder/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Ken Gallinger has visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum regularly for the past 20 years. But when the Ormstown, Quebec, resident entered the Museum at 3:48 p.m. on Friday, his annual trip to Cooperstown became a part of Hall of Fame history.

Gallinger became the Museum's 15 millionth visitor since the Museum first opened its doors on June 12, 1939, when he entered with his Museum Membership card in hand, just days before the Museum's 72nd birthday.

Duke Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Hall of Fame press release

Watch Duke's 1980 Induction Speech

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – In the 1950s, three future Hall of Famers played center field for New York ball clubs: Willie Mays for the Giants, Mickey Mantle for the Yankees and Duke Snider for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Alomar (left) and Blyleven (right) will be inducted on July 24 in Cooperstown. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A Hall of Fame career is not determined over one play, on season or one award. It is earned over a career of ten or more years of consistent excellence.

The bronze plaque in Cooperstown lists each team a player has played for during his career, but his cap shows the marks of the team with which he made his most indelible mark. For Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven in 2011, that will be the Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins.

As we approach the end of 2010, we can't help but to pause and reflect on all the Hall of Fame has accomplished and how much we've grown, working together.

Cooperstown continues to be the heart and soul of our Game and its glorious history. With your generous support, the Hall of Fame continues to evolve and remain relevant in our ever changing world.

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