The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed two new left fielders into the league of greats on Saturday, July 25: Rickey Henderson, who played for the Oakland A’s and New York Yankees, and Jim Rice, of the Boston Red Sox.
Both men were inducted at Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, New York before a crowd of 21,000, which included 50 of the 65 living Hall of Fame members. Former Yankees and Cleveland Indians baseman Joe "Flash" Gordon, who is deceased, broadcaster Tony Kubek and sportswriter Nick Peters were also honored this weekend for their contributions to the sport.
"It’s like being welcomed at home plate after hitting a walk-off home run," Jim said at the ceremony. "I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than right here, right now."
Rickey was also very moved, and said, "My journey as a player is complete. I am now in the class of the greatest players of all time. And at this moment …I am very, very humbled."
Other Hall of Fame members include Hank Aaron, who was in the audience, Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth.