Seven former major league baseball players, including Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, were officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Cooperstown.
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Ortiz was admitted through the traditional route after a vote in the Major League Baseball Journalists Association in January. He obtained 77.9% of the lanes in his first year of eligibility.
"It's such an incredible day, such an incredible honor, and I'm so honored to be on this stage right now," Ortiz said in his induction speech. If my story can remind you of one thing, let it remind you that if you believe in someone, you can change their world. You can change his future, just like so many people who believed in me.”
“Big Papi” maintained a batting average of .286, in addition to finishing among the best of all time in several offensive categories, including home runs (541; 17th), RBIs (1,768; 23rd) and walks (1319; 41st). He also won seven Silver Sticks and appeared in 10 All-Star Games.
He also helped the Red Sox win three World Series.
Buck O'Neil, Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva were also honored as they were selected by the Veterans Committee.