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51 Hall of Famers expected in Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Weekend

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – In less than four weeks, the eyes of the baseball world will once again be focused on Cooperstown, N.Y., for baseball's most exciting weekend.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host a blood drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross in conjunction with Bassett Healthcare, on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cooper Park adjacent to the Hall of Fame in a Red Cross bloodmobile.

Blood donors will receive free admission to the Museum on Saturday. Volunteer donors who have not donated within the last 56 days of June 25 are eligible to donate blood on Saturday.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball and the movies grew up together in America, becoming a part of the fabric of the nation that made both famous.

Their shared history is on display every day at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum through the Baseball At The Movies exhibit. And the newest films capturing the essence of the National Pastime are featured in the Museum's annual Baseball Film Festival, which is now accepting entries for the 2011 program.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will host an on-field skills event during Hall of Fame Weekend. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – On the field, Ozzie Smith provided fans with a new thrill every day with his one-of-a-kind skills at shortstop.

This summer, the Wizard brings that same talent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's PLAY Ball event to lead off Hall of Fame Weekend 2011, with a brand new format for the one-of-a-kind interactive fan favorite.

Hall of Famers Phil Niekro (left) and Ozzie Smith wave to the crowd during the Cooperstown Game Day Parade on Sunday before the Hall of Fame Classic. (NBHOF)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The bats crackled and the smiles sparkled as players and fans celebrated the game of baseball at Sunday's third-annual Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, in Cooperstown.

And when the day was over and The Knucksies had captured a hard-fought 8-6 decision over The Wizards, it was the game of baseball and all those who love the game who were the winners.

Former big leaguer Steve Grilli demonstrates the leadoff to kids at the Legends for Youth Skills Clinic.(Carter Kegelman/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Six Hall of Fame legends and almost two dozen former big league stars are set to thrill the crowd at Sunday's Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

But for thousands of baseball fans in Cooperstown on Saturday, the excitement began a day early at the new Hall of Fame Classic Fest.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The American Red Cross and the National Baseball Hall of Fame are a winning team when it comes to helping save hospital patients' lives.

2011 marks the five year anniversary of the blood drive program at the Hall of Fame. Each summer, when blood donations are needed most, the Hall of Fame steps up to the plate by running two blood drives. Not only do Hall of Fame employees donate blood, they ensure community members and guests have the opportunity to donate as well.

Dick Williams was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Dick Williams spent his Hall of Fame managerial career turning losing teams into winning franchises.

On Sunday in Cooperstown, Williams will manage his greatest team ever at the Hall of Fame Classic – and he'll skipper a guaranteed winner, as he strives to become the first manager to lead both teams in a single game, as the manager of Team Ozzie and Team Niekro during the annual Father's Day legends game at Doubleday Field.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – It's the ultimate Father's Day experience, in America's Most Perfect Village.

On Sunday, fans can get up-close-and-personal with baseball's brightest stars in Cooperstown for the annual Father's Day celebration that has become the Hall of Fame Classic.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host the Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Ford Motor Company, on Father's Day, June 19, with the participation of six Hall of Fame members and nearly two dozen retired major league stars, highlighting the seven-inning legends game at Doubleday Field.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – June's best weekend in Cooperstown will have a new standalone event this year, with the addition of Cooperstown Classic Fest to the Hall of Fame Classic Weekend schedule, featuring a full day lineup of public programs, entertainment and vending at Doubleday Field on Saturday, June 18.

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