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      Big Hall of Fame crowds translates into record weekend for Cooperstown businesses

      What a difference a year and six living inductees make for the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Sunday's induction ceremony in Cooperstown drew one of the largest crowds in the history of the Hall of Fame, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Nearly 50,000 baseball fans packed the upstate village to see the enshrinement of Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Bobby Cox, Torre and La Russa.

      Cooperstown merchants say it was the best induction weekend in years.

      Gene Marra, owner of Cooperstown Distillery, told The Daily Star of Oneonta that his revenues for the weekend were "historical." The business got a boost Saturday when the wives of 42 Hall of Fame inductees visited his distillery.

      Last July, business in Cooperstown suffered because no living person was inducted.