2000 - 2009

Procedures for Veterans Committee elections were changed in 2002, with no Veterans Committee candidates elected from 2002-07 save for a 17-member class elected by the Special Committee on Negro Leagues in 2006. The Class of 2007, featuring Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, brought an estimated 82,000 fans – an all-time record – to the Induction Ceremony. Veterans Committee candidates were elected in 2008 and 2009 under a revamped Veterans Committee.

2000

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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.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Larry Doby, Bobby Doerr, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Monte Irvin, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount

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2001

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2001 Induction Ceremony

Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield along with Veterans Committee selections Bill Mazeroski and Hilton Smith were enshrined on August 5, 2001. Approximately 20,000 fans and 40 of the living Hall of Famers attended the ceremony at Clark Sports Center, where Los Angeles writer Ross Newhan received the J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing and the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence went to Felo Ramirez, longtime Spanish language broadcaster.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, George Bret, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fist, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Kirby Puckett, Robin Roberts, Frank Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Dave Winfield

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2002

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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.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench,
Yogi Berra, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Larry Doby, Bobby Doerr, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Kirby Puckett, Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield

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2003

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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.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Doerr, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Kirby Puckett, Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield

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2004

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2004 Induction Ceremony

In front of the largest gathering of Hall of Fame members in one location at that time, Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor became the 51st and 52nd players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 25, 2004. New York Times writer Murray Chass received the J.G. Taylor Spink award and Lon Simmons, who broadcasted games for the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants was presented with the Ford C. Frick award in front of 50 of the 58 living Hall of Famers.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Doerr, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Kirby Puckett, Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield

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2005

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2005 Induction Ceremony

Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg were enshrined on Sunday, July 31, 2005 in front of 48 of the 60 living Hall of Famers and 27,000 fans. With the addition of Boggs and Sandberg, the 50 total Hall of Famers matched the largest gathering of Hall of Fame members in one location at that time, tying the 2004 induction ceremony. San Diego Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman was honored as the Ford C. Frick award winner and the J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing went to longtime Boston Globe writer and current ESPN analyst Peter Gammons.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Doerr, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Kirby Puckett, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield

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2006

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2006 Induction Ceremony

A record 18 inductees made up the largest single class in history, as Bruce Sutter along with 17 electees from the Negro leagues and pre-Negro leagues eras were inducted in front of 11,000 fans and 39 of the 60 living Hall of Famers on July 30, 2006. The Hall of Fame recognized longtime voice of the Houston Astros Gene Elston with the Ford C. Frick award and Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News with J.G. Taylor Spink award. Buck O’Neil and Sharon Robinson, daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, spoke on behalf of the 17 Negro league players and executives: Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Biz Mackey, Effa Manley, Jose Mendez, Alex Pompez, Cum Posey, Louis Santop, Mule Suttles, Ben Taylor, Cristobal Torriente, Sol White, J.L. Wilkinson and Jud Wilson.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Doerr, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Monte Irvin, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Lee MacPhail, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield

Hall of Fame Award Winners

2007

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2007 Induction Ceremony

Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. were enshrined in front of 82,000 fans, the largest crowd in the history of the Hall of Fame, on Sunday, July 29, 2007 as 53 Hall of Famers returned to Cooperstown to welcome the 2007 inductees. Denny Matthews, longtime voice of the Kansas City Royals, was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award and Rick Hummel, baseball writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was presented the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Doerr, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Tony Gwynn, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Duke Snider, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount

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2008

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2008 Induction Ceremony

Goose Gossage and Dick Williams, along with posthumous electees Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn, Walter O’Malley and Billy Southworth were enshrined in front of 14,000 fans on Sunday, July 27, 2008 as a record 56 Hall of Famers returned to Cooperstown to welcome the 2008 inductees. Dave Niehaus, Seattle Mariners broadcaster, was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award and former Boston Globe baseball writer Larry Whiteside and baseball ambassador Buck O’Neil were both posthumously honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award and the first-ever Buck O’Neil Award, respectively.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Bobby Doerr, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Goose Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Cal Ripken Jr., Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield

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2009

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2009 Induction Ceremony

Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon were enshrined in front of 21,000 fans on Sunday, July 26, 2009 as 49 Hall of Famers returned to Cooperstown to welcome the 2009 electees. Tony Kubek, former NBC, Yankees and Blue Jays analyst, was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award and Nick Peters, who covered the San Francisco Giants during four decades, was honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

Hall of Famers in Attendance

Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, Wade Boggs, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Feller, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Monte Irvin, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Ralph Kiner, Sandy Koufax, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount

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