2003 Induction Ceremony

Gary Carter and Eddie Murray were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27, 2003 in front 18,000 fans and 44 of the 59 living Hall of Fame members. Both men delivered speeches sprinkled with tears, while Bob Uecker, Ford C. Frick award winner for broadcasting excellence, gave a speech that resembled the routine of a stand up comic. Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News received the J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious sportswriting.

GARY CARTER: The first Hall of Famer to spend the majority of his career with the Montreal Expos, Carter was named on 78 percent of the ballots. He also spent time with the New York Mets, where he was a catalyst on the 1986 World Series champion team, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. The 11-time All-Star hit .262 for his career with 324 home runs and 1,225 RBI to go with three Gold Gloves on the defensive side. When he retired, he held the major league records for putouts and total chances by a catcher, marks since surpassed by Ivan Rodriguez. He still holds the records for games played and hits by a National League catcher, ahead of Johnny Bench in both categories. Carter was the All-Star Game MVP in both 1981 and 1984.

Gary Carter and Eddie Murray were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)EDDIE MURRAY: The 38th player elected in his first year of eligibility, Murray received 85.3 percent of the electorate. When he retired he was one of three players with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, joining Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. In 21 seasons, Murray played for the Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians and Anaheim Angels. The winner of three gold gloves at first base, Murray holds the record for most games played and assists at the position. He finished his career as a .287 hitter with 504 home runs and 1,917 RBI. Only Mickey Mantle hit more home runs (536) as a switch hitter.