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Topic - Gil Hodges
Barry Larkin joined with Cal Ripken Jr. in transforming shortstop into a position for powerful bats, not just great gloves. Now he's following Ripken into the Hall of Fame.
Ron Santo always kept rooting for the causes dearest to him _ for his Chicago Cubs to win the World Series, for doctors to find a cure for diabetes and for him to reach the Hall of Fame.
Ron Santo was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday, chosen by the Veterans Committee nearly a year to the day after the Chicago Cubs third baseman died hoping for this honor.
All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and the Miami Marlins provided quite a warmup for the winter meetings.
Duke Snider played center in Ebbets Field and stickball on the streets of Brooklyn. He was immortalized in a song recalling a golden era in baseball and was once part of one of the sport's great debates.
To his mother, he was Ed. To everyone else, he was "The Duke of Flatbush" _ revered by a borough of baseball fans and forever remembered in a song that romanticized a most golden era.
Duke Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder for the charmed "Boys of Summer" who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn, died early Sunday of what his family called natural causes. He was 84.