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  • Garagiola among those feted by Hall

  • COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Joe Garagiola, Roger Angell and Eric Nadel were honored Saturday at Doubleday Field in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's annual awards ceremony.
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  • COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Joe Garagiola, Roger Angell and Eric Nadel were honored Saturday at Doubleday Field in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's annual awards ceremony.
    The 88-year-old Garagiola received the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award and sent a taped message. The 93-year-old Angell was given with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing and Nadel got the Ford C. Frick Award for major contributions to baseball broadcasting.
    Only a day away from the induction ceremony, class of 2014 members Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa were a little antsy as they anticipated their big day.
    Torre, who will have an entourage of at least 70 people, says he's "nervous as a cat."
    Unable to attend because of health issues, Garagiola sent a taped message.
    "The Hall of Fame is a magic phrase," Garagiola said. "It's what a player wants next to his name once he gets to the big leagues, and baseball gives you the chance. They give you the bat, the ball and it's up to you. As you look at these Hall of Famers, you can say, 'You did it.' This is your weekend."
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