The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced an addition to its Induction Weekend line-up next summer that officials hope will be home run for the museum and the village of Cooperstown.

The Hall of Fame Parade of Legends will feature a Main Street parade beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, the day before this year's Induction Ceremony. Hall of Fame members will participate in the parade, which will originate on upper Main Street and conclude at the front steps of the Museum for a Red Carpet Arrival Ceremony, said Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson during a half hour press conference at the museum Friday morning.

``Nostalgia is right in our wheelhouse,'' Idelson said. ``This will gave fans the chance to interact with our Hall of Famers like never before.''

Idelson said the evolving plan calls for the Hall of Famers to ride in open cars so fans can see them ``up close and personal'' and perhaps interact. He added that he expects approximately 50 Hall of Famers to participate.''

While Idelson spoke, Hall of fame official Brad Horn unveiled the Hall of Fame's ``line-up'' for Hall of Fame Weekend. The Legends Parade was ``batting'' fourth, and Cooperstown Mayor Carol Waller said she is already looking forward to July.

``You've listened to the fans and you've listened to the downtown business owners,'' said Waller, who was on hand along with deputy Mayor Jeff Katz. ``I think this is going to be a wonderful addition.''

Idelson also announced other subtle changes to the Weekend, including new starting times for three popular fan participation events. PLAY Ball with Ozzie Smith, an annual fundraiser for the Museum’s education programs, moves to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 23 at Doubleday Field, to allow more fans the opportunity to travel in and participate.

Connecting Generation, a trivia-based game-show with several Hall of Fame members, moves to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24 at the Clark Sports Center. The annual New York-Penn League Game, featuring the Tri-City ValleyCats and the Oneonta Tigers moves to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 24 at Doubleday Field.

Hall of Fame Weekend 2010 will feature the return of a popular event for Museum Members, the Hall of Fame Roundtable, a live discussion with the new inductees, Monday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center. Additional activities for Hall of Fame Weekend include special Museum hours throughout the weekend, the installation of the Hall of Fame plaques on Sunday evening in the Museum at approximately 7 p.m. and commemorative Hall of Fame Weekend merchandise, available all weekend in the Museum Store.

The 2010 Hall of Fame Induction class of 2010 will include former Royals and Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog and longtime umpire Doug Harvey, who were elected by the Veterans Committee on Dec. 7. They will be joined by any electees who emerge from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, with results to be announced Jan. 6.

Additionally, the 2010 J.G. Taylor Spink Award will be presented to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. The 2010 Ford C. Frick Award will also be presented for excellence in baseball broadcasting, with the winner of this year’s award to be announced on Feb. 1. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be aired in its entirety on MLB Network for a second consecutive year.

Idelson said the roster for the second annual Legends Game on Father's Day will be announced in January.



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