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Hall of Fame Weekend: In Real Life

July 29, 2017

We are on the scene in Cooperstown, N.Y., to celebrate the Class of 2017 -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig -- being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.4:34 p.m. ET: Raines-maker! "I want to thank the writers. For the past 10 years

We are on the scene in Cooperstown, N.Y., to celebrate the Class of 2017 -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz and Bud Selig -- being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
4:34 p.m. ET: Raines-maker!
"I want to thank the writers. For the past 10 years people would always ask me, 'Why aren't you in the Hall of Fame?' Thank God I don't have to answer that question." More >

4:16 p.m. ET: From one great to another
Pudge Rodriguez: "The first time I caught Nolan Ryan in 1991, we sat down in the coaches room. We talked to [then Rangers pitching coach] Tom House. He came in the first time. We met, I didn't speak the language. I saw Nolan and the one thing he said was, 'Kid, you don't have to do too much.' And I said, 'OK.' 'Kid, all you have to do is put fingers down, and I'll throw the baseball to you.'"

3:57 p.m. ET: Pudge stands tall
"To the youngsters, may this moment remind you that destiny is in your hands. ... Everything in life is possible." More >

3:24 p.m. ET: You made it, Mr. Commissioner
"For so many years I sat behind and watched as each new member was inducted. Now, as I stand here, I am humbled to receive this highest honor." More >

3:07 p.m. ET: We beg to differ
Jeff Bagwell: "My swing is something that you really don't want to teach your kids."

2:49 p.m. ET: Welcome to Cooperstown, Jeff
"The only thing I wanted to be was a good teammate." More >

2:28 p.m. ET: Schuerholz enters Hall of Fame
"Being born into a baseball family is one of the things of divine providence. I was introduced to competitive sport at an early age, especially baseball. I have loved it all my life." More >

1:00 p.m. ET: Clementes come home
Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, and son, Luis Clemente, arrive at the Clark Sports Center.

12:45 p.m. ET: The future's game
A reminder of why today's induction ceremony matters.

12:40 p.m. ET: Baseball lifer
Legendary baseball fan Homer Osterhoudt, 99, is seated and ready. He attended the first Hall of Fame induction on June 12, 1939, and has attended 70 of 73 inductions. His photos are featured in the Hall of Fame.

12:35 p.m. ET: Pilgrimage
They call Cooperstown the Mecca of baseball for a reason.

12:27 p.m. ET: Memories
Dodgers senior advisor of baseball operations Gerry Hunsicker (left) speaks with Moises Alou, whom he traded for in 1997 when he was the Astros' general manager, before the induction ceremony gets underway.

12:19 p.m. ET: Houston, we have a (cuteness) problem
Luigi and Cooper look natty in matching Astros jerseys on Main St. in Cooperstown.

12:11 p.m. ET: History in your hand
Fans in Cooperstown can take home baseballs signed by Hall of Famers like Bill Mazeroski and Bob Feller along with a host of MLB greats.

11:59 p.m. ET: Ivan to believe
Ivan Rodriguez has a large following at the Hall of Fame induction.

11:29 a.m. ET: Art imitating life
Justyn Farano, the official artist of the Hall of Fame induction, touches up one of his latest pieces.

Sunday 11:07 a.m. ET: Beautiful day for a Hall call
Fans begin to settle in for today's enshrinement ceremony at the Clark Sports Center.

Saturday 8:50 p.m. ET: Pudge in good company
Ivan Rodriguez is joined by a former teammate and another Hall of Fame catcher in Cooperstown.

7:20 p.m. ET: Baseball Royalty

4:50 p.m. ET: Treble Jeff
Jeff Bagwell fans come in all shapes and sizes: small, medium, large -- and in the case of these brothers -- adorably tiny. Main Street in Cooperstown is teeming with baseball fans of all ages. 

2:55 p.m. ET: Executive privilege
Braves vice chairman and Class of 2017 inductee John Schuerholz holds court with the media on Saturday.

2:49 p.m. ET: Triptych
The former-player contingent of the Class of 2017 speaks with reporters on the eve of its induction.

2:39 p.m. ET: Induction production
The stage is set for tomorrow's induction ceremony (coverage starts tomorrow at noon ET on MLB Network and

1:53 p.m. Scrum-ptious
Astros fans traveled in droves to Cooperstown, and it looks like the media did too. Somewhere in there sits a Hall of Famer -- we're just not sure where. 

1:50 p.m. ET: Pudge, meet Little Pudge
Only one of these two is getting inducted tomorrow.

1:04 p.m. ET: Houston in the house
Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio fans are everywhere in Cooperstown.

12:33 p.m. ET: Fore (NL Cy Young Awards)!
Greg Maddux teeing off during today's Hall of Fame golf outing. Maddux played with his son, Chase, and Braves CEO and chairman Terry McGuirk.

12:22 p.m. ET: Johnson's John Hancock
Sometimes, an autograph from a Hall of Famer like Randy Johnson is better than a hole-in-one. The legendary left-hander met with fans outside Cooperstown's golf course.

12:16 p.m. ET: Expo-sition
The Expos are forever at the Hall of Fame.

12:14 p.m. ET
More than seven hours before the Hall of Fame Legends Parade was scheduled to arrive near the Hall of Fame on Main Street, fans were already clamoring to secure their spots alongside the route. 

12:11 p.m. ET
Jackie Robinson's cap from 1955 World Series resides in the Hall of Fame

11:22 a.m. ET
Hall of Famer Rod Carew discusses his heart transplant during a news conference at the Clark Sports Center.

11:03 a.m. ET
Claire Smith, the 2017 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, said her acceptance speech will be a love letter to her son Joshua, and through him, a thank you to the people who've accompanied her in her journey. The Spink Award is the highest honor a baseball writer can receive.

10:52 a.m. ET
Astros fans are pumped for Jeff Bagwell's induction. They are already lining Cooperstown's Main Street for tonight's Hall of Fame parade.