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Murray, Carter gain Hall entrance
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01/07/2003  6:15 PM ET 
Murray, Carter gain Hall entrance
First baseman, catcher to be enshrined July 27
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Eddie Murray won a World Series with the Orioles in 1983; Gary Carter celebrated a title as a Met in '86. (AP photos/MLB.com illustration by Kenji Takabayashi)
• Carter's career stats
• Murray's career stats

NEW YORK -- Eddie Murray wore a competitive scowl to 3,255 hits. Gary Carter wore an amiable smile while squatting through 2,056 games.

Now both are wearing a unique glow as the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Murray, appearing on the ballot for the first time after wrapping up a 21-year career in 1997, and Carter, in his sixth year of eligibility, were the only choices of 496 voters in the 59th Hall of Fame election held by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

They will be formally inducted into the Cooperstown shrine on July 27.

The call from the Hall made it an inconceivably bittersweet day for Murray, who on Tuesday was attending the California funeral of a younger sister who passed away following a long battle with kidney ailments.

Hall of Fame 2003

Induction Ceremony
Sunday, July 27
Cooperstown, New York

The inductees
Gary Carter | Eddie Murray

Schedule of weekend events
Complete coverage

In consideration to Murray, the festive Manhattan press conference to salute the newest Hall of Famers, scheduled for Wednesday, has been postponed to Jan. 16.

In stark contrast, Carter was finishing up a round of golf in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., when he received the notifying phone call from Jack O'Connell, secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA.

Carter, forever associated with uniform No. 8, giddily noted on a post-announcement conference call that he had just birdied hole No. 8 when O'Connell's call at 12:08 p.m. ET reached him by the rental golf cart with the No. 48 painted on its hood.

Final results
 Player Votes   %
 Murray  423  85.3
 Carter  387  78
 Sutter  266  53.6
 Rice  259  52.2
 Dawson  248  50
 Sandberg  244  49.2
 Smith  210  42.3
 Gossage  209  42.1
 Blyleven  145  29.2
 Garvey  138  27.8
 *Kaat  130  26.2
 John  116  23.4
 Morris  113  22.8
 Trammell  70  14.1
 Mattingly  68  13.7
 Murphy  58  11.7
 Concepcion  55  11.1
 Parker  51  10.3
 Valenzuela  31  6.3
 Hernandez  30  6
 Kile  7  1.4
 Coleman  3  0.6
 Butler  2  0.4
 Fernandez  2  0.4
 Honeycutt  2  0.4
 Pena  2  0.4
 Daulton  1  0.2
 Davis  1  0.2
 Tartabull  1  0.2
 Jackson  0  0
 Tettleton  0  0
 Williams  0  0
 Worrell  0  0
*Jim Kaat final year on ballot

"It took me six years, and it seemed like a long time. But finally getting that call made it seem like a minute," said Carter, who had been outspoken about the disappointment he felt when he missed election a year ago, depressing a house full of guests attending a party arranged by his wife.

Murray, in California for the funeral of Tanya Murray, who passed away at 38 on Jan. 2, said in a prepared statement, "I'm thrilled by the tremendous honor of being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and joining the other greats of the game.

"Although I dedicated my professional career to the game, I dedicated my life to family, and the elation I feel by being recognized for my achievements on the field is overshadowed by the anguish of losing someone so dear to me."

For election, each of the 33 men on the ballot required 75 percent of the votes, or 372.

Murray led with 423 votes, for 85.3 percent. Carter scored 78 percent with his 387 votes.

None of the other candidates came close. Next in line was former closer Bruce Sutter, with 53.6 percent, and outfielders Jim Rice (52.2 percent) and Andre Dawson (50 percent) were the only others to garner at least 248 votes.

Ryne Sandberg, another first-time candidate accorded by the pre-election buzz a reasonable chance of reaching Cooperstown, was down the track with 49.2 percent support.

Also falling far short of election was the most formidable group of closers ever on one ballot. Following Sutter, both Goose Gossage and Lee Smith, the all-time saves leader with 478, scored 42 percent.

    Eddie Murray   /   1B
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: B/R

More info:
Career stats
Murray 500th HR framed photograph Orioles site
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Murray, established as a Baltimore Orioles icon before hitting the trail of four other teams in the final nine seasons of his career, becomes the 38th first-ballot selection among the Hall's 99 residents chosen by BBWAA vote since 1936, and only the second first baseman. Willie McCovey, in 1986, was the first.

Carter, the ironman catcher who spent his entire 2,296-game career in the National League, missed election last year by 11 votes. This time, he made it by 15.

"I can't tell you how touched I am to hear I'm going in with Eddie Murray," Carter said. "He is one of two guys I've played with whom I considered the consummate professional, the other being Andre Dawson."

The newest Hall of Famers traveled divergent roads to this ultimate destination, perceived as being on opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.

First-year ballot inductees
Eddie Murray is the 38th player elected in his first year on the ballot. Here are the others:
1936 Ty Cobb 1985 Lou Brock
1936 Honus Wagner 1986 Willie McCovey
1936 Babe Ruth 1988 Willie Stargell
1936 Christy Mathewson 1989 Johnny Bench
1936 Walter Johnson 1989 Carl Yastrzemski
1962 Jackie Robinson 1990 Jim Palmer
1962 Bob Feller 1990 Joe Morgan
1966 Ted Williams 1991 Rod Carew
1969 Stan Musial 1992 Tom Seaver
1972 Sandy Koufax 1993 Reggie Jackson
1973 Warren Spahn 1994 Steve Carlton
1974 Mickey Mantle 1995 Mike Schmidt
1977 Ernie Banks 1999 Nolan Ryan
1979 Willie Mays 1999 George Brett
1980 Al Kaline 1999 Robin Yount
1981 Bob Gibson 2001 Kirby Puckett
1982 Hank Aaron 2001 Dave Winfield
1982 Frank Robinson 2002 Ozzie Smith
1983 Brooks Robinson 2003 Eddie Murray

If Carter was The Kid, the ever-bubbly chatterbox whose personality melted fans and the media while occasionally irritating teammates, Murray was The Grump. Not given to small talk while wearing any of his uniforms, Murray was an intimidating presence to all, maybe even more so to reporters than to opposing pitchers.

But they both played the game with comparable talent, intensity and reliability.

They broke into the Major Leagues within two years of each other, Carter as National League Rookie of the Year runner-up with the 1975 Expos, Murray as the American League Rookie of the Year with the 1977 Orioles.

Thereafter, Murray blended in as a key cog of a powerhouse Baltimore club that won 90-plus games every full season from 1977 to 1983.

And Carter became the identity of a Montreal club that had never had a winning record since its 1969 inception, and carried the Expos to respectability on his broad back.

The eminently consistent Murray logged 11 seasons of 20-plus homers, spanning 20 years from the first (1977) to the last (1996). He topped 100 RBIs six times and batted .300 seven times, and cast his Hall of Fame fate on June 30, 1995 by lining a single off Mike Trombley for career hit No. 3,000.

Through it all, in all of his clubhouses, the eight-time All-Star was held in high esteem as the ultimate teammate, a leadership quality reflected by the eight times he finished in the top 10 in MVP voting.

Yet, he never actually earned that trophy, which says as much as anything else about his low-key, team-first approach to the game.

Carter was often perceived as the opposite, a self-promoter. That view, mostly, was held by those who couldn't believe that someone who played the game with such verve could be for real.

    Gary Carter   /   C
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: R/R
Nickname: The Kid

More info:
Career stats
Autographed baseball
Expos site
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But Carter was the genuine article, a contagious blend of defensive smarts and offensive sizzle who led three teams into the postseason and willed the 1986 Mets all the way to a World Series championship.

On his way to catching an NL-record 2,056 games, Carter found the energy to top 20 homers nine times and log 100-plus RBIs four times. Always overactive behind the plate, he still holds the Major League career records among catchers for most putouts (11,785) and total chances (12,988).

He becomes the 13th catcher enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

"Catching is a grueling position, and my knees, on which I've had nine surgeries, will tell you that," Carter said. "It makes me proud to be a part of that elite group.

"Especially Johnny Bench, who befriended me during my first year in the big leagues, basically took me under his wing and has been a friend ever since. If there was one guy I tried to emulate, it was Johnny. He was a good one to follow after."

The 2003 ballot was the largest considered by the BBWAA since 1996, when it contained 35 names. Included this year were 17 first-year candidates, 13 of whom did not meet the minimum requirement of 5 percent of the votes and thus will be left off future BBWAA ballots.

The first-ballot names included that of Darryl Kile, the late Cardinals pitcher for whom the normal five-year waiting period was waived following his tragic death in June. Kile received seven votes.

Also dropping off the ballot will be Jim Kaat, the one-time workhorse left-hander who was in his 15th and final year of BBWAA eligibility. Kaat received 130 votes, or 26.2 percent of the total cast.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to appoval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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