New class arrives in Cooperstown

Alomar, Blyleven and Gillick say thanks to all who lined their roads to the Hall of Fame

Originally Published: July 24, 2011
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Bert Blyleven gripped a baseball in his hand when he delivered his Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday afternoon. Which makes sense. When you're receiving the game's ultimate honor and speaking in front of an announced crowd of 17,500 and a live television audience -- plus your family -- and you're sweating more from that daunting task than from the summer heat and humidity, it helps to clutch something familiar for comfort.

"It was a little prop," Blyleven ...

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