07/25/2004 6:12 PM ET
Selig introduces Molitor, Eckersley
Emotional, joy-filled day for Commissioner
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig had a double dose of Hall of Fame pleasure Sunday.
By Mike Bauman / MLB.com
The Commissioner introduces the new Hall of Fame inductees, and reads their plaques, which will be hung in the Hall. Selig did this Sunday in the case of Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor.
Molitor's induction was a particular joy for the Commissioner because Molitor played 15 years for the Milwaukee Brewers, at a time when Selig was the president of that club. Molitor, during his induction speech, had thanked Selig for his leadership and his friendship during those years.
"It was very emotional," the Commissioner said after the ceremonies. "I thought both Eckersley and Molitor did brilliantly, and spoke from the heart with great emotion.
"And it was emotional for me, too. It's very unusual. This is a situation in which the second player (the first was Robin Yount) who played for me for such a long time goes into the Hall of Fame.
"It was just a wonderful afternoon. It's another tribute to and celebration of our sport."
Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.