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Atlantic League In The Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. will induct seven new members today (Sunday, July 24, 2022).

But the Hall of Fame, which honors the greatest players and contributors to build the game, is more than just a museum of busts and bios. The Hall of Fame is a place where some of the greatest artifacts from the game live in perpetuity. From Babe Ruth’s bats and Hank Aaron’s uniform to a ball from Bob Feller’s 1940 no-hitter and Yogi Berra’s catcher’s mitt.

The Atlantic League has its own collection of artifacts that are permanently situated within the walls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As the Hall prepares for its next class of inductees, here’s a look at the people who helped shape the Atlantic League who are in the Hall.


Three Player Inductions

Three former Major League players, all of whom have contributed mightily to the success of the Atlantic League, are enshrined in Cooperstown.


Rickey Henderson

Henderson played two seasons with the Newark Bears in 2003 and 2004. Even as a 45-year-old in 2004, Henderson hit. .281 with nine home runs and 31 RBI while leading the league in walks with 96. During his Hall of Fame career, Henderson spent 24 seasons in the Major Leagues and is considered baseball’s greatest leadoff hitter and base runner. He holds MLB records for career stolen bases, runs scored, walks and leadoff home runs. Henderson led the 1989 Oakland Athletics and the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays to World Series championships. He was the MVP of the Atlantic League All-Star game in 2003.

Rickey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tim Raines

Rained managed the Newark Bears in 2009 and 2010, leading the 2009 club to the Atlantic League playoffs. As a player, Raines was in the Major Leagues from 1979-2002 and spent 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos. He was a seven-time All-Star, led the league in stolen bases four times and won a Natgional League batting championship.

Raines was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Gary Carter

Carter managed the Long Island Ducks during the 2009 season, leading the club to a 74-66 record and a berth in the Atlantic League playoffs.

Carter spent 19 years playing in the Major Leagues, suiting up primarily for the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. An outstanding defensive catcher, Carter helped the Mets to the 1986 World Championship. He was one of just four men to ever be named as a captain of the Mets. Carter passed away in February 2012 at the age of 57 after a long battle with brain cancer.

Carter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.


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