Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, Parade of Legends Highlight Induction Eve in Cooperstown
Class of 2013 to Be Enshrined Sunday at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) – Thomas Tull has spent his career bringing heroes to life on film.
But on Saturday in Cooperstown, Tull – the CEO of Legendary Entertainment and a 2013 Hall of Fame honoree – found himself in awe just sitting next to the legends of the game.
“I can’t believe I’m sitting here next to Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe,” said Tull during Saturday’s Hall of Fame Pre-Induction Ceremony Press Conference. “All these gentlemen have done for the game brought them to Cooperstown. I’m just thankful I’m here.”
Tull, who produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42”, was honored during Saturday’s Awards Presentation at Doubleday Field along with Jobe, who pioneered the elbow ligament replacement procedure now known as “Tommy John Surgery.” John, the first person to undergo the procedure, was on hand to help celebrate Jobe’s legacy.
The Awards Presentation came less than 24 hours before Sunday’s Induction Ceremony and also featured Shirley Cheek, who accepted the Ford C. Frick's Award on behalf of her late husband Tom Cheek, the beloved former voice of the Blue Jays. MLB.com writer Paul Hagen followed Cheek to the stage to accept the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
The day began with the annual Hall of Fame Weekend Golf Tournament at the Leatherstocking Golf Course. Wade Boggs’ team captured the title as the returning Hall of Famers enjoyed a morning round on the shores of beautiful Otsego Lake.
With nearly three dozen Hall of Famers in Cooperstown to help celebrate the induction of Hank O’Day, Jacob Ruppert and Deacon White as the Class of 2013 at the Baseball Hall of Fame, fans had plenty of chances to touch a little bit of history on Saturday at the home of baseball.
Some of Saturday’s highlights included:
**Boggs’ winning team featured John Lambert, Rob Manfred and George Degener. Carlton Fisk shot the low gross round of the day among Hall of Famers with an impressive 76 on the challenging Leatherstocking Golf Course layout.
**The family members of the Class of 2013 electees met the media at the Pre-Induction Ceremony Press Conference, including Caddy Jackson (great grandson of Deacon White); Dennis McNamara (grandnephew of Hank O’Day); Anne Vernon (great grandniece of Jacob Ruppert); and Jerry Watkins (great grandson of Deacon White).
**Doubleday Field played host to renditions of Abbott and Costello’s classic comedy routine Who’s On First? as presented by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara and Casey at the Bat presented by the Museum’s director of research Tim Wiles.
**Fans stood a half-dozen deep along Main Street to get a glimpse of their Hall of Fame heroes during the Parade of Legends. The returning Hall of Famers rode down Main Street in pickup trucks provided by Ford Motor Company.
**Thousands of fans visited the Museum on Saturday, taking advantage of extended Hall of Fame Weekend hours. The Museum is open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with participants in the Hall of Fame’s Membership Program able to enter the Museum at 7 a.m.
The Class of 2013 will be inducted at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The Induction Ceremony is free and open to the public and will be shown live on MLB Network and broadcast nationally on Sirius/XM (Sirius 209 and XM 89). A webcast will be shown at www.baseballhall.org. A broadcast of the Awards Presentation will be shown at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday on MLB Network.
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