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10th Best Class?

Sports on Earth columnist Anthony Castrovince ranks the 2017 induction class of Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines and the 10th best Hall of Fame induction class of all time.  Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short of making this class the first five-man...

HOF honor for Rose

TAMPA — For those of you who thought the words Pete Rose and “in the Hall of Fame” would appear in the same sentence without the words “not” or “banned for life,” this one’s for you. Pete Rose will be inducted in the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame on Feb. 18 at Tropicana Field...

Milestone baseballs at Heritage

DALLAS — Milestone baseballs slugged by Jimmie Foxx, Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson will be part of a sale being organized by Heritage Auctions. The sale will be held Feb. 25-26. The 1935 Foxx-signed ball was his 33rd of the season, No. 299 of his career. Mays’ signed ball, No....

Gwynn 3000th hit ball: $142,762

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — Tony Gwynn’s 3,000th hit ball from 1999 sold for $142,762 in a sale recently held by SCP Auctions. His first career home run ball sold for $9,336. The two balls were among  about 30 Gwynn items  from his estate. His 2007 Baseball Hall of Fame Ring sold for...

Happy 83rd, Hammer

Adults in their late 50s and 60s may have a hard time imagining Hank Aaron as an 83-year-old man. But as of Feb. 3, the Hammer ripened one more year. As a salute to the non-drug-enhanced Home Run King, the Baseball Hall of Fame has organized an exhibit “A Salute to the Life and...

Babe Ruth items hit market to help museum

BALTIMORE — Rare Babe Ruth items are hitting the marketplace with an auction that will benefit the Babe Ruth Museum here. The sale is being conducted by Goldin Auctions. A contract from 1920 about a barnstorming tour to Cuba, Ruth’s first foreign tour, is on the block as are more...