2000 Induction Ceremony

A then-record 45 living Hall of Famers returned to Cooperstown on July 23, 2000 to see a Cincinnati heavy induction at the Clark Sports Center. First baseman Tony Perez was voted in by the BBWAA, manager Sparky Anderson by the Veterans Committee and Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman won the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence. Carlton Fisk also earned induction from the BBWAA, Turkey Stearnes and Bid McPhee from the Veterans Committee and the J.G. Taylor Spink award winner for meritorious contributions to baseball writing was Cleveland based writer Hal Lebovitz.

CARLTON FISK: Named on 76.6 percent of the ballots cast in his second year on the ballot, Fisk caught more games (2,226) than any catcher in big league history at the time of his retirement, a mark since topped by Ivan Rodriguez. In 24 years Fisk played for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, making the All-Star team 11 times and blasting 376 home runs. Three hundred fifty-one of the home runs came as a catcher, a record only Mike Piazza has bested. Fisk is immortalized in Boston baseball history for his 12th-inning home run of the left field foul pole in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. The 1972 American League Rookie of the Year, Fisk was a career .269 hitter with 1330 RBI.   

TONY PEREZ: Elected after nine years on the ballot by the BBWAA, Perez received 77.2 percent of the vote. A key figure on Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” of the 1970s, Perez also played for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies in his 23-year career. Perez racked up season of 20-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI seven times in his career, earning seven All-Star selections. A member of two of Cincinnati’s championship teams, Perez finished his career a .279 hitter with 379 home runs and 1,652 RBI.

Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez and Sparky Anderson were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)SPARKY ANDERSON: Elected by the Veterans Committee, Anderson was the first manager in history to win World Series championships in both the American and National Leagues. His career totals include 2,194 victories, the third most in Major League history, two Manager of the Year Awards, five league pennants and three World Series crowns between the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers. His heavy use of the bullpen staff earned him the nickname "Captain Hook," but this practice has now become the standard for Major League Baseball.

BID MCPHEE: One of the last barehanded players in the major leagues, McPhee was elected by the Veterans Committee. The last second baseman to play gloveless in the field, he regularly led the league in double plays, fielding average, assists and putouts. Playing his entire career in Cincinnati, McPhee batted .300 or better on four occasions and topped the 100-run mark 10 times en route to a .281 career batting average.

TURKEY STEARNES: Stearnes was elected by the Veterans Committee and was one of the most prolific home run hitters in Negro leagues history. He reportedly hit at least 140 long balls in 585 career games for the Detroit Stars. A swift, athletic center fielder, Stearnes also collected a slew of doubles and triples with his unusual left-handed stroke.