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COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball’s biggest stars are en route to baseball’s grandest weekend. 

Cooperstown, N.Y., the spiritual home of baseball, is about to become the weekend home of the game’s most luminous names – and the permanent home of the Class of 2012. 

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On the eve of baseball’s biggest celebration, Cooperstown will pay homage to some of the game’s greatest storytellers and managers at the annual Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday at Doubleday Field.

On Tuesday afternoon, 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Barry Larkin participated in his final media availability before journeying to Cooperstown. Here are some outtakes from that availability.

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – Three generations of St. Louis Cardinals World Series managers are coming to Cooperstown for one incredible moment in time this weekend. 

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COOPERSTOWN, NY – Ron Santo’s love affair with the City of Chicago lasted more than 50 years. This summer, the village where the fans’ love for the National Pastime burns brightest will host the ultimate celebration of Santo and his legacy. 

Santo, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in December by the Golden Era Committee, will be enshrined as a member of the Class of 2012 during the July 20-23 Induction Weekend, with the Induction Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. ET on July 22 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. 

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On the weekend when heroes return to Cooperstown, some of the game’s legendary names of yesteryear will be honored with a uniquely American celebration at the home of baseball. 

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn will help celebrate the lives of four Hall of Fame teammates on Friday during the First-Day-of-Issue Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps dedication ceremony in Cooperstown. 

COOPERSTOWN, NY – In less than one week, Barry Larkin will officially be enshrined at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

And only hours after that historic ceremony, Larkin will reflect on the crowning achievement of his career in front an intimate gathering of fans in Cooperstown. 

2011 Parade of Legends saw Roberto Alomar waving flags from Puerto Rice and hometown of Salinas during Hall of Fame Weekend. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Hall of Fame Weekend annually features the greatest gathering of Hall of Famers in the baseball world. And for one marvelous hour on July 21, those Hall of Fame legends will grace the pavement on Main Street in Cooperstown during the Parade of Legends

The ever-popular PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith gives fans a chance to play catch and even turn a double play with the Wizard. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Ozzie Smith spent 19 big league seasons revolutionizing the way shortstops played defense. 

But since his Hall of Fame induction in 2002, The Wizard has become a champion of another cause close to his heart: Education. 

For Smith, it all comes together on Hall of Fame Weekend during his annual PLAY Ball event in Cooperstown. 

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – In a little more than a week, the eyes of the sports world will once again be focused on Cooperstown, N.Y., for baseball’s most exciting weekend. 

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