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Hall opens its doors for unforgettable '19 Class

July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Because baseball can sometimes resemble religion and a special Sunday service was scheduled, they poured into this tiny town, and they streamed up Susquehanna Avenue in paraphernalia-wearing packs. New Yorkers donning the No. 42, teal-clad Pacific Northwesterners and folks from all points in-between came to pay homage

HOF Class of 2019's speeches, sights & sounds

July 21, 2019

Every July, baseball's greatest legends gather in Cooperstown as new members of the Hall of Fame are inducted into the sport's most hallowed institution. The Class of 2019 -- Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Lee Smith and Harold Baines -- includes the greatest closer of all time

Mo knows closing: Rivera wraps HOF ceremony

'Baseball is a team sport. You cannot do it alone. And this honor is the same thing'
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Well, of course, Mariano Rivera was the closer. To have him fill any other role in the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony outside the Clark Sports Center would have been some sort of sacrilege. So just after former teammate Bernie Williams filled this picturesque summer

Patient and prepared, Edgar enters Hall of Fame

DH extraordinaire enshrined before family, baseball world, well-traveled Mariners fans
July 22, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Edgar Martinez, who used to weigh his bats to make sure of their precision, carefully weighed his words Sunday as he accepted his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He also gave a quick estimate on his newest prize possession, his Hall of Fame plaque

Mussina proud to join 'best who ever played'

July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The hallowed halls in Cooperstown gained a pillar of consistency on Sunday as Mike Mussina, one of baseball’s most dependable starters of the last few decades, took his place among the game’s all-time greats. Mussina -- a durable, cerebral Orioles and Yankees right-hander of the 1990s and

Halladay's Hall induction celebrated with grace

Widow of late pitcher 'sincere and genuine' in expressing gratitude for remarkable career
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- It is something that crossed everybody’s mind over the past several months, but never more so than Sunday. How would Roy Halladay have felt about Sunday’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which he joined posthumously alongside Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith

Smith shares credit for ascension to Hall

Closer cites loyalty, dependability as keys to success in induction speech
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Lee Smith's journey from the mound to Cooperstown was much like his entrance in from the bullpen, slow and deliberate. On Sunday, he finally arrived. • Complete Hall of Fame coverage Smith, 61, retired in 1997 as baseball’s all-time saves leader. He still ranks third on the

Soft-spoken Baines emotional on Hall induction

Family, community, teammates central to slugger's induction speech
July 21, 2019

As Harold Baines stepped to the podium Sunday after officially being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, he delivered a message to his old friends and teammates. “You can start your stopwatch now to time how long this speech is going to be,” Baines said. “I

Hall of Fame inductions by year

January 25, 2024

Here are the 346 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, sorted by the years they were inducted. 2024 Adrián Beltré, Todd Helton, Jim Leyland, Joe Mauer (Note: The 2024 induction ceremony is scheduled for July 21 in Cooperstown, N.Y.) 2023 Fred McGriff, Scott Rolen 2022 Bud Fowler, Gil

HOF players and managers, broken down by team

Cap choices accompany legends' Cooperstown plaques for eternity
February 2, 2024

When Induction Day rolls around in Cooperstown, the biggest thrill for a fanbase (outside of celebrating the actual player, of course) might be seeing its team's logo ensconced on the bronze plaque. The designation typically means that the player defined his career in that city -- or perhaps even led

Who taught Doc the cutter? Only the best to do it

Cutter grip ball, once shared with late pitcher, among items in New Inductees exhibit
July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Among the more than 40,000 three-dimensional artifacts in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, one stands out as profoundly poignant on this induction weekend. It’s a baseball with two fingers and a thumb traced in blue ink over the curved red seams and white horsehide,

Spotlight on Baines as he enters Hall

July 21, 2019

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For Harold Baines, the spotlight that comes with being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is definitely not his favorite part of the process. After posing for pictures with the other four living members of the 2019 class for a huge throng of photographers on

Mariano's last game produced a special moment

Podcast: Hear Hall of Famer describe handing the ball to Jeter, Pettitte
July 19, 2019

Mariano Rivera had accomplished everything he could have possibly dreamed of. During his 19-year career, the right-hander had saved more games than anybody in history, won five World Series championships and earned the respect of everybody involved with the game. The Yankee had experienced a magical moment at the All-Star

Oral history of Edgar's hit that saved Seattle

25 years ago, Hall of Famer's clutch double preserved baseball in Emerald City
October 8, 2020

SEATTLE -- The defining moment of Edgar Martinez's 18-year career with the Mariners has been replayed time and again, and for good reason. “The Double,” as it’s simply known to Mariners fans, did more than put Martinez on the national map 25 years ago, on Oct. 8, 1995. Many believe

Mariano sure knows what a 'gate' is now

JFK Delta terminal honors legendary closer, renames Gate 42
July 17, 2019

After signing with the Yankees in 1990, Mariano Rivera took the first plane ride of his life, flying from his native Panama to Miami. He didn't even know what an airport gate was. Now, the legendary closer has one dedicated to him at one of the largest terminals in the

Mariano for Felix Fermin? Deal almost happened

July 17, 2019

Now pitching for the Seattle Mariners, No. 42, Mariano Rivera. It’s difficult to imagine, but that unfathomable scenario was close to becoming a reality.’s Full Account takes a deep dive into Mariano Rivera’s life, including that time the Yankees nearly traded him to Seattle -- a move that would

Listen to Mariano's story, in his own words

July 15, 2019

From Panama to pinstripes to the podium this weekend, it has been quite a journey. Mariano Rivera will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, the first player voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But Rivera’s path to Cooperstown began way back in

13 moments that made Mo a legend in NYC

November 28, 2023 has been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting stories that pay tribute to some of the most significant and talented players from Latin America in the game's history. We close things out today, appropriately, with the greatest closer in baseball history. ---

Timeline of Halladay's Hall of Fame career

January 22, 2019

After a career full of iconic moments for two franchises -- from the complete games and first Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays to his perfect game and postseason no-hitter with the Phillies -- Roy Halladay is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.The late, great right-hander, who died at age

11 moments that got Moose to Cooperstown

December 8, 2022

Mike Mussina pitched 18 years in the Major Leagues, putting together a resume that landed him in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. Mussina's journey -- which included a decade with the Orioles and eight seasons with the Yankees -- was filled with memorable moments, from dominant regular-season starts

From birth to the Hall of Fame: Edgar's timeline

January 22, 2019

SEATTLE -- Edgar Martinez's career timeline:Jan. 2, 1963: Martinez was born in New York, though he moved to Dorado, Puerto Rico, two years later to live with his grandparents after his parents divorced.Dec. 19, 1982: Signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners for $4,000 after a tryout camp while

Complete 2019 Hall of Fame election results

January 22, 2019

Below are the results of the Baseball Writers' Association of America vote to elect the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019, with vote totals and percentages. A total of 425 ballots were cast, with 319 required for election.Mariano Rivera: 425 votes (100%) -- 1st year on ballotRoy Halladay: 363

The Hall of Fame ballot results are ...

January 15, 2019

Six writers were among those eligible to cast ballots in the 2019 Hall of Fame vote conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.• Complete Hall of Fame coverageHere's a look at how the six voted, and at the bottom you can see what the totals look like among this

These are the best HOF classes in history

January 26, 2021

The Baseball Writers' Association of America can be a stingy bunch. Though we saw 22 BBWAA-selected Hall of Famers from 2014-20, large classes are still relatively rare when looking at the history of a polling process that dates back to 1936. Quite a few times, the BBWAA members entrusted as

Mo (Unanimous!), Edgar, Doc, Moose elected to HOF

January 22, 2019

Mariano Rivera stands alone in National Baseball Hall of Fame history as the only player ever voted in unanimously by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But he'll be far from alone on the induction day dais, as the BBWAA has selected four players for entry into the hallowed Hall.Rivera,