Ripken would be first unanimous choice

Updated: August 28, 2003, 8:27 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • It might be a little early yet, but Bob Matthews of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle thinks Cal Ripken, Jr. should be a unanimous choice for the Hall of Fame. If that does turn out to be the case, then he would be the first. Matthews lists the all-time greats and the percentage of ballots upon on which they appeared. That some of them weren't unanimous is shocking. As Hank Aaron once said about the men who left him off their ballots, "They shouldn't be allowed to vote for the Hall of Fame."

  • A Honus Wagner baseball card sighting is always big news -- even to non-card collectors. Such is the cachet of this rare item that anytime one surfaces, it bears attention. Vic Siegel of the New York Daily News tells the tale of the latest one to emerge from the obscurity of a private collection and also reveals something I'll bet many of you did not know: the Wagner card is not the rarest of the T-206 collection.

  • Does David Littlefield's performance as general manager of the Pirates warrant the use of the "Cam" word? Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says "no," Littlefield is no Bonifay and should not be held responsible for the dismantling of the team in recent months.

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