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July 28, 2013

Hall to honor the old ball game


Saturday’s Awards Presentation will start at 4:30 p.m. at Doubleday Field.

Paul Hagen of will be presented with the J.G Taylor Spink Award for baseball writing and Ford C. Frick winner Tom Cheek will be honored posthumously. Cheek’s widow, Shirley, will give the acceptance speech. Cheek was a longtime broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Thomas Tull, whose company produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” and Dr. Frank Jobe, the pioneer of Tommy John surgery, also will be recognized Saturday. John, the first player to have the surgery performed, will be on hand to honor Jobe.

Additionally, the Hall will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First” skit. It will be performed by Gil “Bud” Palmer and Lou Sciara.

On the 125th anniversary of Ernest Lawrence Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat,” Hall Director of Research Tim Wiles will portray The Mighty Casey.

Gates will open for the performances at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Forty Hall of Famers are expected to attend the Awards Ceremony and the Induction Ceremony. They’ll take part in the Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. Saturday. The parade will start on Chestnut Street and conclude on Main Street in front of the museum.

Rob Centorani can be reached at or 607-432-1000, ext. 209.

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