Ripken, Gwynn Deck the Hall
75,000 fans show up for induction of loyal franchise centerpieces
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2007 6:31 AM CDT
Cal Ripken Jr., gets emotional during his induction speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Sunday, July 29, 2007. Ripken played Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr., were inducted to baseball's Hall of Fame today; both were notable for their remarkable consistency over careers spanning three decades, and both spent those careers with single teams. Their loyalty was repaid by circa 75,000 fans who came to see them inducted, the most in Cooperstown history.

Ripken set baseball's untouchable streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, while Gwynn batted over .300 for 19 seasons and averaged .338 for his career; both notched over 3,000 hits. Gwynn, however, offered a different reason for his and Ripken's popularity with fans: "They could trust how we played the game and conducted ourselves—especially in this era of negativity."