COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - It's an afternoon of fanfare and
speeches in Cooperstown, New York as Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken are being inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.
Ripken became baseball's Iron Man playing in two-thousand-632
games between 1982 and 1998 for Baltimore. He retired in 2002 as
one of seven players in major league history with more than 400
home runs and three-thousand hits. He won two M-V-P awards and was
named to the All-Star team an A-L record 19 times.
Gwynn, who played 20 seasons with San Diego, enters the hall as
one of the game's greatest contact hitters. His sweet, left-handed
stroke led to three-thousand-141 hits, eight N-L batting titles and
a career .338 average. He might have become the first player since
Ted Williams to hit .400 if the players hadn't gone on strike in
August of 1994. Gwynn was hitting .394 at the time.
Both Ripken and Gwynn played their entire careers with one team.