‘Hello, Cooperstown!’ St. Paul’s Jack Morris takes his place in Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Jack Morris cried on Sunday afternoon. Just like he thought he would. After belting out a rousing “Hello, Cooperstown!” to open his speech, his eyes started to well up with tears late in his speech, the dam bursting at about the 11:45 mark when he started talking about his family. While he quickly composed himself, it was a strange sight, especially considering the big, bad Morris made a career out of being the gruffest competitor on the field, the very definition of the idea that there’s no crying in baseball. It was emotional for the 63-year-old St. Paul native because he never thought he’d be in this position. After baseball writers opted not to vote him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during his 15 years on the ballot, Morris had come to peace with the fact that he might never make it into the exclusive club. And then, six months ago, Little Jack Morris from St. Paul got the call telling him he had been voted in by the Modern Era Committee. “I was literally shocked because I had been prepared, like I had been for so long before, to go through it again, and not get in,” Morris… Read full this story

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