Rizzuto, Durocher earned Hall call through determination, toughness
But the contributions of Leo Durocher and Phil Rizzuto went far beyond mere power. And it was those qualities that brought them to Cooperstown.
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The Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee elected Durocher and Rizzuto to the Hall of Fame on Feb. 25, 1994. They joined Baseball Writers’ Association of America electee Steve Carlton in the Class of 1994.
“I almost fell to the floor,” Rizzuto told the Associated Press about the moment that former Yankees teammate Yogi Berra called to tell him he was elected. “I never expected to get in… I never thought I was Hall of Fame material.”
As a player, Durocher hit .247 and was named to three All-Star Games over 17 seasons. He began his managerial career as a player/manager with the Dodgers at the age of 33.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum