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Willie Mays, Class of 1979
Every year, many of the living Hall of Fame players spend the weekend in Cooperstown to help honor the new inductees. Some enjoy being in the streets to sign autographs, pose for pictures and talk to fans, while others may keep to themselves and only appear at the induction itself.
Including Barry Larkin, 45 of the 65 living Hall of Fame players were at Cooperstown this past weekend.
The list of players included Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount. Even Yogi Berra and Willie Mays were able to show up, despite needing the help of others.
Executive Pat Gillick, umpire Doug Harvey and manager Whitey Herzog were present at the induction as well.
Hall of Fame Induction weekend is one of the best chances for fans to meet their favorite players. Some of the autographs and different kinds of items can be pricey, but with memories that can last a lifetime, it is totally worth it to go.
It doesn't happen every day and at just any place that you can walk down the street and see baseball legends signing autographs and chatting with fans.