On this date, in 1997, I was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was something that I never thought possible. Baseball has been played for well over 100 years, and back in ’97 there were only 13 managers in the Hall of Fame. Ted Williams called me to let me know that I was being inducted, and I will never forget what he said, “I thouht I was the only guy here who loved you, but I was wrong, everybody here loves you.”
Since being inducted I have tried my best to represent the Hall of Fame to the highest degree of class, dignity and character. Many of my heroes are enshrined there, and I love making the annual trip. If you are a baseball lover you really owe it to yourself to go to the museum. Believe me, it’s worth it.