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Smith's induction speech was a class act

Updated: July 29, 2002, 12:34 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Phil Rizzuto ripped up his notes and winged it. Bill Mazeroski got so mushy-eyed, he couldn't get through it. Carlton Fisk talked almost as long as he played.

You put the greatest baseball players on earth on a podium in Cooperstown, you never know what might come out. It's the only Hall of Fame induction speech they will ever give. And all the early BPs they took in their lifetime can't help them with this one.

But we should have known that when the great ...

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