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From left: Pat Gillick, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. (Milo Stewart Jr./Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

View a photo gallery of the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The National Pastime took on a decidedly international flavor in the heart of America on Sunday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But for Class of 2011 members Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick – and the estimated 17,500 fans in Cooperstown – the language of baseball needed no translator.

From left: Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick will be inducted Sunday as the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2011. (Milo Stewart Jr./NBHOF)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Their moment in the sun in Cooperstown came a day earlier than usual.

But for Bill Conlin, Roland Hemond and Dave Van Horne, the moment couldn't arrive soon enough. And when it did, emotions and memories flooded historic Doubleday Field during the inaugural Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday.

Andre Dawson instructs some participants at PLAY Ball on Friday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball's best weekend has begun – and with more than 50 Hall of Famers in Cooperstown for Induction Weekend, the party is in full swing.

But for National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Education Ambassador Ozzie Smith, part of that party always includes time to assist to the Hall of Fame's mission at his annual PLAY Ball event.

Visitors to Cooperstown are encouraged to utilize Cooperstown trolley lots. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Visitors to Cooperstown for the 2011 Induction Weekend, including the Saturday, July 23 Awards Presentation and the Sunday, July 24 Induction Ceremony, are advised to utilize several parking and transportation options in an effort to alleviate potential delays and traffic problems.

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 2011.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The majesty of baseball's annual Cooperstown celebration is far too big to be packed into one afternoon.

So this year, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum unveils a Saturday schedule designed to honor the 2011 Hall of Fame award winners as well as thrill fans of all ages at Induction Weekend.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball's grandest weekend is just days away, Cooperstown is ready to welcome the baseball world back home.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Since the snow-covered days of winter, they have waited for their moment in the sun.

Bill Conlin, Roland Hemond and Dave Van Horne have each been honored with awards symbolizing their professional excellence. And on Saturday, July 23 in Cooperstown, their legacies will be celebrated at the inaugural Hall of Fame Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field.

Hall of Famer Phil Niekro (front) speaks at Thursday's announcement with Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson (back) in Washington. (NBHOF)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has spent the last seven decades celebrating and honoring the history of the National Pastime.

Today, the United States Congress announced legislation that will celebrate and honor the 75th anniversary of the Hall of Fame through the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act.

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

"Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the honor being bestowed on me here today." -- Dick Williams, at his Hall of Fame Induction in 2008

Dick Williams’ Hall of Fame plaque (elected, 2008)

Richard Hirschfeld Williams
“Dick
Boston A.L. 1967-69, Oakland A.L. 1971-73
California A.L. 1974-76, Montreal N.L. 1977-81
San Diego N.L. 1982-85, Seattle A.L. 1986-88

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