Work in Sports
Hall of Fame plaque inscriptions
Cincinnati NL, 1970-1978
Detroit AL, 1979-1995
One of the game's most successful and colorful managers, his 2,194 wins rank third in history behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. The crank that turned the Big Red Machine, his skillful leadership helped those Cincinnati teams dominate in the 1970s. Revered and treasured by his players for his humility, humanity, eternal optimism and knowledge of the game. Baseball's only manager to win a World Series in both leagues and lead two franchises in victories. His teams won three World Series, seven division titles and five pennants compiling a .619 post-season winning percentage.
Boston AL, 1969, 1971-80
Chicago AL, 1981-93
A commanding figure behind the plate for a record 24 seasons. He caught more games (2,229) and hit more home runs (351) than any catcher before him. His gritty resolve and competitive fire earned him the respect of teammates and opposing players alike. A staunch training regimen extended his durability and enhanced his productivity -- as evidenced by a record 72 home runs after age 40. His dramatic home run to win game six of the 1975 World Series is one of baseball's unforgettable moments. Was the 1972 American League Rookie of the Year and an 11-time all star.
Negro Leagues 1923-1941
One of the Negro Leagues' most feared hitters. He hit better than .300 in 14 of 19 seasons. Collected six home run titles and led the league in triples four times. A graceful center fielder as well. He played in four East-West All Star games. Played 11 seasons for the Detroit Stars. Also excelling with the New York Lincoln Giants, Kansas City Monarchs, Chicago American Giants and Philadelphia Stars.
Cincinnati AA, 1882-1889
Cincinnati NL, 1890-1899
One of the 19th century's premier second basemen, he was a standout fielder despite playing barehanded for most of his 18-year career. The last second baseman to play without a glove, he regularly led the league in double plays, fielding average, assists and putouts. Playing with a glove for the first time in 1896, his fielding average was .982, a mark that stood for 29 years. A skilled leadoff hitter, he complied 2,250 hits and topped the 100-run mark 10 times, including a career best 139 in 1886. Known for his sober disposition and exemplary sportsmanship.
Cincinnati NL, 1964-1976, 1984-1986
Montreal NL, 1977-1979
Boston AL, 1980-1982
Philadelphia NL, 1983
A clutch performer throughout an illustrious 23-year career. He tormented the opposition with his ability to consistently drive in runs. His composure under pressure led to 379 home runs, 505 doubles and 1,652 RBI, including seven 100+ RBI seasons and 954 RBI in the 1970s. A catalyst of Cincinnati's talented Big Red Machine teams during the 1970s. His subtle leadership and timely hitting helped pace those clubs to five division titles, four pennants and two World Series championships.