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2018 Hall of Fame Weekend

The baseball world made its annual pilgrimage to Cooperstown, N.Y. last weekend for a tradition like none other in the sport: the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A grand total of six players were enshrined in front of the largest crowd in HOF history; four from the Baseball Writers Association of America's ballot (Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Vladmir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman) and two more from the Modern Era ballot (Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell). 57 living Hall of Famers, a record including the new members, graced the stage Sunday afternoon as a reminder of the game's rich history. While Hall of Fame weekend is centered around the legends who get their plaques installed next to the likes of Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, there's always more than just the Sunday stroll across the lawn. This year's festivities featured a roundtable with some of the game's greatest legends, a Play Ball event hosted by Cardinals great and 2002 Hall of Fame inductee Ozzie Smith, and an awards presentation for this year's Ford C. Frick Award winner Bob Costas and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award honoree, Sheldon Ocker. The excitement came to a head Saturday night with the annual Parade of Legends down Cooperstown's Main Street. Dozens of baseball icons were out and about on the streets of Cooperstown interacting with fans and forming a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of the tens of thousands of people who descended upon the cozy village. Photos by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos