The Hall of Fame welcomes three new members today, and they have a distinct rivalry flavor to them.
- Jim Rice, "most feared hitter of his era" and the leader in a number of key offensive categories from 1975-86, a lifelong member of the Red Sox, will be inducted after 15 years of waiting.
- Rickey Henderson, the stolen base king, will wear an Athletics cap in the Hall, but spent a significant amount of time with the Yankees and had a cup of coffee with the Red Sox, as well.
- Joe Gordon, MVP second baseman for the Yankees in the World War II era, was voted in by the Veterans Committee.
There's been plenty of controversy over this particular class, but today is a day for honoring the careers of three elite players who each dominated their eras. Congratulations to all three of them.