In case you missed today’s press release, the BlueClaws have invited four former big leaguers, Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Lee Smith, and Jack Morris, to FirstEnergy Park.
Where did this come from?
Simple. In 2005 Goose Gossage signed autographs at FirstEnergy Park. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2008. Then last year, we had Jim Rice here at the ballpark. Rice was finally elected this year, in his final time on the ballot.
“There must be something special in the air here at the Jersey Shore,” said BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown of the obvious connection between signing in Lakewood and subsequent induction. “We’ve had the magic touch in bringing people here and those players getting elected to the Hall of Fame. We hope that we can get a few more players to Cooperstown.”
These four potential Hall of Famers received the highest percentage of vote among those not elected to the Hall this year by the Baseball Writers Association.
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