2002 Induction Ceremony

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Ozzie Smith was the only inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 28, 2002. Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas received the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence and Detroit-based writer Joe Falls was given the J.G. Taylor Spink for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Approximately 18,000 fans were in attendance along with 47 of the living Hall of Famers.

Ozzie Smith was the lone inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)OZZIE SMITH: Elected in his first year of eligibility, Smith received 91.7 percent of the votes cast. The 13-time Gold Glove winner played his first four seasons with the San Diego Padres before his 15 year run with the St. Louis Cardinals. Smith set Major League records at shortstop for assists, double plays and total chances, but also turned himself into an offensive weapon. He batted .262 with 28 home runs and 793 RBI, racking up 2460 hits and 580 stolen bases in his career. His ninth-inning home run in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series is one of the most memorable home runs in Cardinals history and earned him the NLCS MVP award. Smith was a 15-time All-Star and won the N.L. Sliver Slugger at shortstop in 1987 after hitting .303 with 40 doubles, 75 RBI and 43 stolen bases.