Doerr, Lombardi highlighted Class of 1986
The emotions he felt upon learning the reason for the call could only be compared to one thing.
“It’s like the first day you go to Spring Training in the major leagues,” Doerr told the Associated Press. “It’s something you live for all your life…It’s just one of the great things of your life.”
On that day, the 67-year-old Doerr learned that he and the late Ernie Lombardi had both been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee, which met in Tampa, Fla., to determine who would round out the Class of 1986.
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“I played against Ernie in the early 40s. He was a terrific hitter,” Williams said. “When he hit .300, it was all .300. He wasn’t all that speedy. He also was a good handler of pitchers. He had an outstanding career.”
The pair would be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 3, 1986, in Cooperstown, along with Willie McCovey, who had been elected by the BBWAA.
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum