Seven new members of the baseball Hall of Fame are to be enshrined today:
Born: George Howard Brett on May 15, 1953, in Glen Dale, W.Va.
Highlights: Clutch, big-game player. Ranks 13th on career hits list with 3,154. A 13-time All-Star third baseman. Hit .305 in 21-year career, all in Kansas City. Holds Royals records in runs (1,583), hits, doubles, triples, home runs (317) and RBIs (1,595). Hit .370 in taking Royals to only World Series title in 1985. Was ALCS MVP. Won Gold Glove, too. Won AL MVP award in 1980, batting .390 in leading K.C. to its first Series appearance. Had 30-game hitting streak that year. Batted .340 with record nine home runs in six LCS appearances. Homered three times in playoff game at Yankee Stadium in 1978. Hit famous "pine-tar" home run in 1983. That bat is already in Hall. First player to win batting titles in three decades (1976, 1980, 1990). Holds major-league record of six straight games with three or more hits. Twice hit for cycle. His No. 5 retired by Royals. Now works in Royals' front office.
Born: Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. on Jan. 31, 1947, in Refugio, Texas.
Highlights: Greatest power pitcher ever. Featured 100 mph fastball. Held or shared 51 major-league records when he retired in 1993. Struck out 5,714 batters, including 28 Hall members. Fellow inductees George Brett (18), Orlando Cepeda (5) and Robin Yount (16) are all on that list. Pitched seven no-hitters, getting last one at age 44 in 1991. Was 324-292 with a 3.19 ERA in record 27 seasons. Tied for 12th with Don Sutton on wins list. Pitched 12 one-hitters. Also had five no-hit bids that were broken up in ninth inning. Right-hander who threw an estimated 100,000 pitches in majors. Struck out 1,176 different players, including Roger Maris, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire. Only player to have number retired by three teams -- Texas and Houston honored his No. 34, Angels retired his No. 30. Will wear a Texas Rangers cap on his Hall plaque. Fanned record 383 in 1973, going 21-16. Still did not win Cy Young -- he never won the award -- losing out to Jim Palmer. Got a save in his only World Series game, pitching for 1969 Miracle Mets. An eight-time All-Star. Named on 98.79 percent of the writers' ballots, nearly beating former teammate Tom Seaver's 98.84 in 1992 for the highest total in history. Baseball's first $1 million-a-year player. Now works as special assistant to Rangers president.
Born: Robin R. Yount on Sept. 16, 1955, in Danville, Ill.
Highlights: Ranks 15th on career hits list with 3,142. Spent all 20 years with Milwaukee, spurning chances to play with better teams. Brewers' career leader in runs (1,632), hits, doubles, triples, home runs (251) and RBIs (1,406). Hit over .300 six times, finished with .285 lifetime average. Two-time AL MVP. Won at shortstop in 1982 and center field in 1989. Only other players to win MVP awards at two positions were Stan Musial and Hank Greenberg, both of whom did it at first base and left field. Hit two homers on final day of 1982 regular season at Memorial Stadium as Brewers beat Orioles for AL East title. Teamed with Paul Molitor to lead club to only World Series appearance that year. Had four hits in Game 1 vs. St. Louis. Brewers retired his No. 19. Led all major leaguers in hits during the 1980s. Became Brewers starting shortstop at age 18 in 1974. Three-time All-Star. Won Gold Glove in 1982. Made diving catch of Eddie Murray's liner to center for final out to preserve Juan Nieves' no-hitter against the Orioles in 1987. Hit for cycle in 1988.
Born: Orlando Manuel Cepeda on Sept. 17, 1937, in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Highlights: Power-hitting first baseman with style, earning nicknames "The Baby Bull" and "Cha-Cha." Hit 379 home runs -- same total as Tony Perez -- with 1,365 RBIs. Batted .297 in 17-year career. Hit over .300 nine times. Played in nine All-Star games, often batting cleanup. NL MVP for World Series champion Cardinals in 1967, first to unanimously win award since Carl Hubbell in 1936. Unanimous NL Rookie of the Year in 1958 with San Francisco. Joined fellow Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie McCovey in middle of Giants' mighty lineup. Eventually moved to outfield to make room at first for McCovey. Later played with Hank Aaron for 1969 NL West champion Braves, and became Boston's first DH in 1973. Now a community relations representative for Giants, had his No. 30 jersey retired this season. Missed by just seven votes in final writers' election. Picked by veterans committee in March. Joins Roberto Clemente as only Hall members born in Puerto Rico.
Born: Nestor Chylak on May 11, 1922, in Olyphant, Pa.
Died: Feb. 17, 1982, in Dunmore, Pa.
Highlights: One of eight umpires in the Hall. Worked in AL, 1954-78, serving as longtime crew chief. Called five World Series, three League Championship Series and six All-Star Games. After retirement, served as assistant supervisor of AL umpires until his death.