Roy Halladay fan Jacqueline Sarricchio of Bellmar, N.J., reads a program while waiting for the start of the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The Latest: Mike Mussina to lead off HOF inductions

July 21, 2019 - 1:46 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions (all times local):

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1:45 p.m.

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony has begun.

The 56 members are being introduced.

Former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" outside Clark Music Center in Cooperstown.

Williams played on four World Series championship teams for the Yankees and was a teammate of new inductees Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera. Williams is a jazz guitarist who was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for his 2009 album "Moving Forward." He discovered his passion for music at an early age in his native Puerto Rico.

More than 50 Hall of Famers will be on the dais to honor the Class of 2019.

First to be honored will be Mussina, while Rivera, the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame, will speak last.

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11:15 a.m.

A large crowd is beginning to gather for Sunday's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown.

Local officials are predicting a crowd of at least 50,000, and despite sweltering heat, most spots in the field outside Clark Sports Center already have been staked out. Temperatures are predicted to climb into the mid-80s during the ceremony honoring the six new inductees, but a nice breeze has made it comfortable for the fans.

Relievers Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines will be feted.

Rivera is the first player in history to be unanimously voted into the Hall of Fame. Former Yankees teammates Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are expected to be in the audience.

The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.

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