A huge crowd welcomed the Class of 2019 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday afternoon.  Baseball fans cheered as six standouts received baseball's highest honor.  New York Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera received the biggest reaction from the crowd assembled on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center. Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, was the first unanimous selection for Hall of Fame induction by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

One of the largest crowds to ever attend the induction ceremonies turned out in sweltering heat and humidity.  Veteran observers estimated the overall crowd size at over 55,000.

Other inductees included standout hitters Harold Baines and Edgar Martinez and pitchers Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and the late Roy Halladay whose wife Brandy accepted the award.  Halladay was killed in a plane crash two years ago.


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