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The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Photo: David Sommerstein
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Photo: David Sommerstein

Steroids cloud Cooperstown ceremony

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Doping cast a shadow over the festivities at the Baseball Hall of Fame's annual induction ceremony yesterday in Cooperstown, near Utica.

Without the stain of steroid suspicions, slugger Barry Bonds and pitcher Rogers Clemens would likely have been enshrined. But due in large part to the steroid era, baseball writers didn't vote a single player into the Hall this year.

Cinncinati Reds hall of Famer and broadcaster Joe Morgan said the mood in Cooperstown was toned down this weekend. Morgan told CBS Sports "there's not as much excitement on Main Street as there usually is." Thirty-four Hall of Famers were on hand instead of the typical 40 or 50.

Three men were inducted posthumously into the Hall yesterday - umpire Hank O'Day, 1880s player Deacon White, and former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert.

Also, former major league pitcher Tommy John was on hand, appropriately enough, as Dr. Frank Jobe was honored at the ceremony. Jobe was recognized for his impact on the sport for developing the procedure known as Tommy John surgery when he fixed the left-hander's elbow in 1974.

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