It's Hall of Fame Friday on MLB Network. Check out documentaries on three of the greatest to ever take the field, as well as the broadcast of the first National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1939. Cap off the day with a look back at a pair of classic games from the 2010 World Series between the Giants and Rangers, as well as another great "Bleacher Feature" film. Here's the full programming schedule.
6 a.m. ET -- "MLB Network Presents: Eck: A Story of Saving"
Dennis Eckersley is one of the greatest closers of all time, and has had his share of peaks and valleys, both on the field and off. Watch this documentary of how Eckersley came up through the Indians organization, became an All-Star starter with the Red Sox, overcame alcoholism and revolutionized the closer role along with manager Tony La Russa in Oakland, where the two helped lead the A's to three straight World Series from 1988-90.
7 a.m. ET -- "MLB Network Presents: Bench"
Johnny Bench set the modern standard for the catcher position, and remains one of the greatest backstops in the history of the game. Watch this comprehensive look at Bench's rise from a small Oklahoma town to the Majors, where he immediately made an impact for the Reds. A Rookie of the Year Award, two MVP Awards, 10 Gold Glove Awards, 14 All-Star selections, two World Series championships and a World Series MVP Award later, Bench is heralded as one of the best to ever don the catcher's gear.
8 a.m. ET -- "MLB Network Presents: Mr. Padre"
He was the best pure hitter of his era, the hometown kid out of San Diego State who would become "Mr. Padre." Tony Gwynn won eight batting average titles and, lest we forget, five Gold Glove Awards in right field during his Hall of Fame career. Check out this documentary that chronicles his multi-sport acumen in college -- where he played basketball as well as baseball for San Diego State -- to his graduation to professional baseball, to his consistent excellence for two decades, to his call to the Hall of Fame.
9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET -- Inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on June 12, 1939
This is where it all began. Watch the first National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which was held in 1939, and honored the players elected from the first Baseball Writers' Association of America Hall of Fame ballot in 1936, through the ballot of '39. The 11 living members inducted were Grover Cleveland Alexander, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner and Cy Young.
10 a.m. ET -- 2010 World Series Game 2, Rangers at Giants
Matt Cain was brilliant, spinning 7 2/3 scoreless innings against Texas, yielding four hits while walking two and striking out two to lead San Francisco to a 9-0 victory and a 2-0 Series lead. Edgar Renteria, who would be named World Series MVP 13 years after hitting a walk-off single to win the 1997 World Series for the Marlins, homered and drove in three runs.
Noon ET -- Replay of Day 2 of the 2020 MLB Draft
Check out all of the selections on Day 2 of the MLB Draft, capping the 2020 class of baseball's next generation.
6 p.m. ET -- MLB Tonight
Get the latest news around baseball and reactions to the MLB Draft with the crew at MLB Tonight.
8 p.m. ET -- Bleacher Feature: "Brewster's Millions"
You're a Minor League pitcher. You get arrested after a postgame bar fight. You get bailed out and taken to a law office where you're informed that your great uncle, whom you never met, died and left you a $300 million fortune, but with conditions for inheriting all the money. You can take $1 million up front, or you can take the challenge of spending $30 million in 30 days, at the end of which, you get the entire fortune if successful. That's the situation in this 1985 comedy starring Richard Pryor, who even hires the Yankees to play an exhibition game against his Minor League squad to burn some of his cash.
10 p.m. ET -- 2010 World Series Game 5, Giants at Rangers
For six innings, it was a pitcher's duel between a pair of Cy Young Award winners, Tim Lincecum and Cliff Lee. Both were masterful until Edgar Renteria, the veteran shortstop who was no stranger to World Series heroics, broke a scoreless tie with a three-run homer off Lee in the top of the seventh. Lincecum polished off his gem with two more strong innings against the vaunted Texas lineup, finishing with 10 strikeouts. He then handed the ball to Brian Wilson, who retired the side in order in the ninth to close out a 3-1 Giants victory, clinching the franchise's first World Series title since moving to San Francisco in 1958, and first overall since '54.