Tiger Legends Inducted into Hall of Fame
Cooperstown, New York, lit up Sunday with two former Detroit Tigers entering the Baseball Hall of Fame.
According to WOOD TV, former Detroit Tiger teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell stood in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans as they were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
63-Year-old Jack Morris, pitched 18 seasons combined with the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. Morris also pitched in four World Series Championships. His most famous victory was when he pitched a complete 10-inning win in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series pitching for his hometown Twins when they took on the Atlanta Braves.
Jack Morris said during his acceptance speech, "Thank you mom and dad for everything and you taught me and have done for me. Mom, I know you're smiling down on us today. Dad, thank you for instilling in me the work ethic that was so vital to my success, but more than that yo showed equal love for all your children."
Morris went on to say, "I know Sparky Anderson is with us here today. He taught me so many things, especially to respect this great game. He taught me a valuable lesson by allowing me to fail and fight through adversity."
Legendary shortstop for the Tigers, Alan Trammell, played for the team for 20 seasons. Trammell and Morris were signed together back in 1976. They played together for 13 years in the Motor City and now 42 years later they are together in Cooperstown.
Trammell played in six All-Star Games, earned four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards. He ranks sixth among shortstops with a .977 fielding percentage who at least played 2,000 games. Trammell along with second baseman Lou Whitaker were one of the greatest double play combinations in the history of Major League Baseball.
Trammell said, "For 19 years Lou Whitaker and I formed the longest running double play combination in the history of baseball. Lou, it was an honor and a pleasure to have played alongside you all those years. I hope someday you'll be up here, too."
Other players that were honored at the Hall of Fame induction were Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.