Eck might be more famous for a rare error

Dennis Eckersley might often be remembered for a rare mistake -- Kirk Gibson's home run, but that's just fine by Eck. He's a Hall of Famer.

Updated: July 26, 2004, 2:10 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Dennis Eckersley is the rare Hall of Famer whose fame may be greater for his few failures than for his many successes. Although he won 197 games, saved 390, threw a no-hitter, won a Cy Young and MVP award, he's often remembered more for giving up one of the most famous home runs in baseball history -- Kirk Gibson's game-winner in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

Such is Eckersley's connection to famous home runs that he was even asked this weekend about Ralph Branca, who ...

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