Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates 75th anniversary

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Former New York Yankees player Hideki Matsui in the parade before the Hall of Fame Classic baseball game in Cooperstown, N.Y., Saturday, May 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Jacobs)
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre looks at plaques during his orientation visit at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Torre will be inducted to the hall in July. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine poses for a photo with Benjamin Hrobat of Barrington, R.I., in the Plaque Gallery at the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, March 17, 2014, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Glavine will be inducted to the hall in July. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
FILE -- Jackie Robinson poses with the plaque presented to him during induction ceremonies at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. July 23, 1962. A series of initiatives will be announced in New York Wednesday Feb. 26, 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into the major leagues and the barrier-breaking spirit that guided Robinson throughout he life as an athlete, businessman and social activist. (AP Photo/File)
The Silver Anniversary of the Hall of fame was celebrated with the induction of four members of baseball of yesteryear in person on July 27, 1964 in Cooperstown. Left to right: Urban Clarence Faber, Lucius Benjamin Apllying, Henry Emmet Manush and Burleigh Arland Grimes. (AP Photo)
US President Barack Obama tours of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, May 22, 2014. Obama, the first sitting US President to visit the Hall of Fame, is visiting to promote travel and tourism. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, Bobby Doerr's plaque appears at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo)
Edwin Donald "Duke" Snider, former baseball great for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1950's, has this monument placed in the Hall of Fame on his election to it in July of 1980.(AP Photo)
Willie Stargell, Hall of Fame plaque, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY. Elected, 1987. (AP Photo/National Baseball Hall of Fame)
Addie Joss, Hall of Fame plaque, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY. Elected, 1978. (AP Photo/National Baseball Hall of Fame )
Addie Joss, Hall of Fame plaque, National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY. Elected, 1978. (AP Photo/National Baseball Hall of Fame )
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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is celebrating its diamond anniversary.

A ceremony marking the 75th anniversary will be held Thursday morning on the front steps of the museum, with Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Joe Morgan taking part.

Babe Ruth was the star of the first class elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936, and he attended the Hall of Fame's official opening on June 12, 1939. Ruth was the last person to speak before Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis officially opened the museum.

To honor his contributions to the game, the Hall of Fame is opening a new Babe Ruth exhibit on Friday.

Thursday's festivities include a discussion by three local residents who were present when the Hall of Fame opened in 1939.

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