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

COOPERSTOWN, NY: Dick Williams, elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 following a 21-year managerial career, passed away on Thursday due to a ruptured aortic aneurysm at a hospital near his home in Henderson, Nev. He was 82.

Williams won four pennants and two World Series titles during his career, including back-to-back championships with the Oakland A's in 1972-73.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The memories of the greatest weekend of their lives will be fresh in their minds, and the emotion of the moment will fill their hearts.

For Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick, it will be a chance to reminisce about the crowning achievement in their baseball careers. For the lucky fans at the Clark Sports Center for the July 25 Voices of the Game program, it will be an unforgettable brush with baseball history.

Ozzie Smith will host PLAY Ball on July 22 with special Hall of Fame guests. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – His spectacular plays at shortstop are still the stuff of highlight reels, making Ozzie Smith one of the game's authorities on the subject of defense.

But when "The Wizard" takes the field Hall of Fame Weekend for the annual PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith event in Cooperstown, he'll also share tips on hitting, managing and all-around play – thanks to a little help from his Hall of Fame friends – in the name of helping the Museum's educational programs and internship scholarships.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The legends of the game are returning to the village where baseball's legendary past comes to life every day.

But when more than four dozen Hall of Famers gather in Cooperstown for Hall of Fame Induction Weekend July 22-25, it will be the glorious present that draws the gaze of the baseball world.

COOPERSTOWN, NY – A Cooperstown tradition is returning to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and baseball fans have just a few more days to secure tickets to one of the Museum's most popular events.

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.

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