Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, Joe Gordon Enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame

July 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Two former left fielders, Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice joined an oldtime second basemen Joe Gordon in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Henderson 50, holds Major League Baseball career records for stolen bases 1,406, runs scored with 2,295, unintentional walks with 2,129, and homers leading off a game with 81, joined baseball’s Hall of Fame today in his first year of eligibility. Rickey was named on 511, or 94.8 percent, of the 539 ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He becomes the 44th major leaguer inducted to the Hall of Fame in his first year.

Meanwhile Jim Rice who played his entire 16-year major-league career with the Boston Red Sox had a much harder road to the hall of fame.  He was enshrined in Cooperstown, New York, in his 15th and final year on the ballot. Rice who played before the so-called steroid era of inflated stats, batted .298 with 382 home runs and 1,451 RBIs from 1974-89. He drove in 100 or more runs eight times, batted over .300 seven times, and topped 200 hits four times. Rice, got 76.4 percent of the vote. Players who have been retired for five years must be named on at least 75 percent of the ballots for induction.

Also enshrined in the Hall of Fame was Joe Gordon, a nine-time All-Star who was elected by the veterans committee. Gordon, who died in 1978, played second base for the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians from 1938-43 and 1946-50. He was a member of five World Series championship teams and won the AL MVP award in 1942, when he beat out Triple Crown winner Ted Williams of the Red Sox.


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