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Ken Griffey Jr., whose backward cap and joyous smile captured the baseball world's hearts during his 22-year career, now will take those traits to Cooperstown, N.Y., as the sweet-swinging center fielder became the 51st first-ballot Hall of Famer on Wednesday in a near-unanimous election by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Griffey was named on 99.3 percent of ballots , breaking the record of 98.84 percent, set by Tom Seaver in 1992. Comment?
Hall of Fame season is nearing, with the Pre-Integration Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 7 at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. Six former players, three executives and one of the game's earliest organizers are among the 10 names the 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee will consider. Comment?
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