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Two roads converge in Cooperstown

Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar follow different paths to join Pat Gillick in Class of 2011

Originally Published: July 22, 2011
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

A week after his election to the Hall of Fame, Bert Blyleven was on the phone with his mother, Jenny, when she asked, "Son, are they still keeping you or putting you into that Hall of Fame thing?" Replied Blyleven, "Yeah, Mom. They haven't taken me out yet."

You can't blame Mrs. Blyleven for wondering. Her son won 287 games, struck out 3,701 batters (third-most all time when he retired), pitched 60 shutouts (nearly as many as Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez combined) and 242 complete ...

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