On this date in 1995, Richie Ashburn is elected to the Hall of Fame.
"I'm flattered that so many baseball people think I'm a Hall-of-Famer. But what's hard to believe is how 150 plus people have changed their minds about me once I became eligible because I haven't had a base hit since retirement."
On this date in 2006, Kirby Puckett passed away at age 45 after suffering a massive stroke.
"I'm glad Puck's one of us utility guys now. Maybe he'll raise the salary structure a little." - Twins utility man Al Newman after Puckett played third base, shortstop and second base in a game in 1990
On this date in 2005, Suzyn Waldman becomes the first woman to be a full-time color commentator in major league history.
"Roger Clemens is in George's box and Roger Clemens is coming back! Oh, my goodness gracious! Of all the dramatic things I've ever seen! Roger Clemens is standing right in George Steinbrenner's box announcing he is back! Roger Clemens is a New York Yankee!"
On this date in 2012, Don Mincher passed away at age 73.
"My first roommate was black. I'd never been around, known, introduced to or talked to a black man in my life. This was back in 1957. His name was Bill Bahamian. We were to room together and I walked into the room and he was black and I was scared of him and I didn't know what to do. And after we got to know each other, it turned out he had been scared of me."
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