A Day for Celebration

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.

4 comments… add one

  • Loudest ovations among the current HOFers for Yaz, Aaron.

    I'mBillMcNeal July 26, 2009, 2:06 pm
  • I suppose I could look this up and answer my own question … Joe Gordon is the second player to be voted in by the Veterans Committee, the first being Bill Mazeroski, yes?
    And Gordon also is the first player in years to be voted in by the Veterans Committee, yes?

    I'mBillMcNeal July 26, 2009, 2:10 pm
  • I’m sort of right, sort of wrong.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/hof.shtml

    I'mBillMcNeal July 26, 2009, 2:54 pm
  • Sort of surprised not to see more love for Rickey in this thread.

    stuck working July 27, 2009, 12:51 pm

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