Baseball Hall of Fame

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Who Are the 'Griffey Three' Who Voted Against Jr.?

Of 440 voters, a record 437 said yes

(Newser) - Ken Griffey Jr. resoundingly got into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, and controversy surrounds the pick. Not over Griffey's qualifications—630 home runs, 10 straight Gold Gloves, not a whiff of steroid scandal, and, yes, even a candy bar made his selection a no-brainer. Instead, it's... More »

In Rare Move, 4 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Randy Johnson leads the way, along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio

(Newser) - Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame today, the first time since 1955 writers selected four players in one year. Johnson, Martinez, and Smoltz earned induction on their first tries, and Biggio made it on the third attempt after falling... More »

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dead at 54

Former Padres great succumbs to cancer

(Newser) - Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54 in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his agent tells the AP. The outfielder's sweet left-handed swing and undying loyalty to the San Diego Padres made him one of San Diego's best-loved athletes—he was nicknamed... More »

And Baseball's 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees Are...

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas

(Newser) - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were all elected to the Hall of Fame today, all on their first ballots. It's the first time three first-balloters have been elected since 1999, USA Today reports, and comes just a year after the Baseball Writers of Association of America sent... More »

Cardinals' Great Stan Musial Dies at 92

'The mold broke with Stan.'

(Newser) - No last name necessary. A slew of batting titles. Corkscrew stance. Humble. A gentleman. All-around good guy. Stan the Man. Stanley Frank Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, died yesterday. He was 92. "I never heard anybody... More »

Baseball Elects Nobody to Hall of Fame This Year

Bonds, Clemens, and Sosa among those shut out

(Newser) - Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame, with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades. Bonds received just 36.2% of the vote, Clemens 37.6, and Sosa 12.5 in... More »

Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk Faces DUI Charges

Cops say he was passed out in truck

(Newser) - Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk faces charges of driving under the influence after being found asleep in his pickup truck in a cornfield, say police in suburban Chicago. Officers say they found Fisk, 64, unconscious behind the wheel late Monday with an open bottle of vodka on the... More »

Clemens Not Guilty, But Hall of Fame Worthy?

Baseball writers sound off

(Newser) - A jury has legally acquitted Roger Clemens; will the Baseball Writers of America do the same? That's the question everyone is asking today. This winter Clemens will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and though his numbers are obviously unimpeachable, voters have so far... More »

Hall of Famer Gary Carter Dead at 57

Catcher for Mets, Expos had brain cancer

(Newser) - Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died today. He was 57. Carter, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last May, was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove... More »

Barry Larkin Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop gets 495 votes

(Newser) - Barry Larkin has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. The former Cincinnati Reds shortstop received 495 votes (86%) in balloting announced today by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well above the necessary 430 (75%). Larkin was on the ballot for the third time after falling 75 votes... More »

Cubs' Santo Wins Hall of Fame Nod

Induction comes roughly a year after his death

(Newser) - Ron Santo is getting a place in Cooperstown at last—almost exactly one year after his death . The Veterans Committee ushered the Cubs great into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, with 15 of its 16 members giving him the nod, the Chicago Tribune reports. Santo was the only candidate... More »

Cardinals' Tony LaRussa: I'm Retiring

Manager announces retirement days after World Series win

(Newser) - If you’re going to retire, there may be no sweeter time to do it than three days after winning the World Series: “I think this just feels like it's time to end it,” said St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa today, as he announced his... More »

Steinbrenner Misses Shot at Hall of Fame

Ex-Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick selected

(Newser) - George Steinbrenner won’t be heading to baseball’s Hall of Fame—at least not this year. Only one candidate on this year’s ballot made it in: Pat Gillick, former general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and three other teams. Gillick, 73, was selected on 13 of 16... More »

Cubs Great Ron Santo Dead at 70

Third-baseman became legendary broadcaster

(Newser) - Renowned Chicago Cubs third-baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo died last night in Arizona of complications from bladder cancer at age 70. “Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans,” said the team’s chairman. “He enjoyed himself in the booth right to the end,... More »

'Shoeless' Joe Jackson Hall of Fame Jersey a Fake

One of a handful of fake items in huge collection

(Newser) - For 10 years, the Baseball Hall of Fame displayed a jersey supposedly worn by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson during the 1919 World Series—which he and his teammates infamously threw. Turns out the jersey, just like the Series, is a fake. It was pulled from display in 2008, and a... More »

Dallas Braden Pitches Perfect Game for A's

Oakland ace tosses majors' 19th perfecto

(Newser) - Dallas Braden pitched the Athletics' first perfect game in 42 years and just the 19th in major league history today, dazzling the majors' hottest team in recording a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to... More »

Dawson Makes Hall; Blyleven, Alomar Miss

Hall of fame voters surprise yet again

(Newser) - Andre Dawson was the only player elected into the Hall of Fame today, with Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar missing the cut by just five and eight votes respectively. Dawson, one of only three players to hit 400 home runs and steal 300 bases, received 77.9% of the vote,... More »

Randy Johnson Retires

Lefty pitcher calls it a day after reaching 300 wins

(Newser) - After 22 major league seasons, The Big Unit is walking away from baseball, ending one of the greatest pitching careers in baseball history. The 6-foot-10 Johnson announced his retirement on a conference call late yesterday, a decision that had been expected from the overpowering left-hander who reached 300 wins last... More »

Bizarre Collection Headed to Bush Library

From cowboy hats to swords to classified files

(Newser) - George W. Bush’s $300 million presidential library will be filled with documents, including many classified files. In all, it’ll boast roughly 68 million pages of documents, 175 million e-mails, 3,845,912 photos, and more videos than any previous president's library. But it’ll also have a wide... More »

Ted Williams' Frozen Head Treated Like a Baseball

Former exec at cryogenics company details bizarre, unprofessional practices

(Newser) - Ted Williams’ frozen head has apparently not received the respect usually accorded to Hall of Famers. In a tell-all, a former exec at the cryogenic facility where the Red Sox slugger’s body resides writes that his severed head was propped up in a canister on a can of Bumble... More »

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