Hall of Fame Record

The Baseball Hall of Fame has hit a rare triple — Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount are all headed to Cooperstown. For the first time since Babe Ruth was chosen, three first-time candidates were elected to the Hall on Tuesday: Ryan, the greatest power pitcher ever; Brett, the big-game player who almost hit .400; and Yount, the clutch hitter who was Most Valuable Player at shortstop and center field. “I think it’s the final chapter of my career,” said Ryan, who came within one vote of setting the record for the highest percentage. “From an individual standpoint for a player, it’s the highest honor.” Since Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson were selected in the original election of 1936, only 29 players have been taken in their first year of eligibility, and never more than two at once — until now.

  • In other baseball news, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner apologized to Yogi Berra Tuesday, ending a 14-year feud that started when Steinbrenner sent an emissary to fire team manager Berra 16 games into the 1985 season. The reconciliation took place on the steps of the new Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls NJ. “Hello, Yogi,” Steinbrenner said cautiously. “You’re 10 minutes late,” Berra joked.
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