The Ted Williams Hall of Fame and Museum is set to welcome its newest class Saturday, as Dick Allen, Ron Guidry, Charlie Manuel, J.R. Richard and Tony Perez will be formally inducted as the Class of 2018 at Spectrum Field, the Phillies' Spring Training home in Clearwater, Fla.The Williams Hall
The Ted Williams Hall of Fame and Museum is set to welcome its newest class Saturday, as Dick Allen, Ron Guidry, Charlie Manuel, J.R. Richard and Tony Perez will be formally inducted as the Class of 2018 at Spectrum Field, the Phillies' Spring Training home in Clearwater, Fla.
The Williams Hall of Fame was founded in February 1994 and is housed inside the Rays' home ballpark, Tropicana Field, in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Allen was one of baseball's offensive superstars during his 15 seasons in the big leagues, finishing his career with 1,848 hits, 1,119 RBIs and 351 home runs. The slugger captured both the 1964 National League Rookie of the Year Award with the Phillies and the '72 AL MVP Award with the White Sox after a stellar campaign in which he belted 37 homers, drove in 119 and compiled a 1.023 OPS.
Guidry, known to many as "Louisiana Lightning," spent his entire 14-year career under the spotlight for the Yankees, finishing with a 170-91 record and 3.29 ERA. Guidry's 1978 campaign, in which he went 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA en route to his lone AL Cy Young Award, is fondly remembered in the Bronx. So, too, is his standing as an ace of the '77 and '78 World Series championship clubs.
Manuel appeared as a player over parts of six Major League seasons, but he made is greatest impact from the bench. He was the hitting coach for the Indians' prolific offenses of the 1990s (Manuel was recently praised by 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome for helping him make the adjustments to kickstart his career) before managing the Tribe to the '01 AL Central title. Manuel later took over as the Phillies' manager, memorably leading them to a World Series title in '08 and another NL pennant the following year.
Richard spent his entire career in Houston from 1971-80. Though his big league tenure was relatively brief, Richard set a franchise record with 303 strikeouts in 1978, then followed up with 313 the next season -- a total that ranks third all-time among NL right-handed pitchers. Richard's 2.71 ERA during that '79 campaign also paced the Majors en route to his third-place finish in the NL Cy Young Award voting. The righty's career appeared to still be tracking skyward in '80, as he started that summer's All-Star Game after compiling a 10-4 record and 1.96 ERA over the first half. However, a stroke Richard suffered on July 30 brought his time in the Majors to an abrupt end at age 30.
Perez was among the most integral cogs of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" that ruled the NL during the 1970s. Revered as one of the game's great clutch hitters and run producers, Perez earned seven All-Star Game selections and helped lead the Reds to two World Series titles in 1975 and '76. Perez is one of the most celebrated Major Leaguers to hail from Cuba, and he was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.
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