Originally created 01/31/98

Hall of Fame to induct Don Sutton on July 26



COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Don Sutton will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 26.

Under the schedule announced Friday, Baltimore and Toronto will play in the Hall of Fame game on July 27. No National League team was available, so two AL teams will meet in the game for only the second time (Kansas City played Texas in 1986).

Sam Lacy, winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, also will be honored on July 26, as will the winner of the Ford C. Frick broadcasting award, whose recipient probably will be announced next week.

The veteran's committee, which has the power to select additional people for induction, meets March 3 at Tampa, Fla.

WILLIAMS PLUGS JACKSON:

Ty Cobb called him "the greatest natural hitter I ever saw." Babe Ruth copied his swing.

But baseball threw Shoeless Joe Jackson out for his alleged role in tanking the 1919 World Series. As a result, he also has been barred from the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Now, Ted Williams says it's time to let him in.

"He served his sentence," Williams, baseball's last .400 hitter, said from his Florida home. "How severely does a person have to be punished?"

Williams and fellow Hall of Famer Bob Feller have petitioned the baseball commissioner's office to clear Jackson's name and make him eligible for entry into the Hall. Jackson died in 1951.

Williams, who hit .406 in 1941, and Feller, who threw three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters, wants Jackson's candidacy to be submitted to the Veteran's Committee, of which Williams is a voting member.

Williams also used the occasion of his Hall of Fame induction speech in 1966 to lobby for opening the Hall's doors to black players. And he went out of his way to welcome Larry Doby, the first black to play in the American League.

The case for Jackson is simple, he said.

"It was a lifetime ban," he said. "His life is over."

Williams said there's little if any proof that Jackson tried to throw any of the Series games. "He had no errors, he batted .375, and he got 12 hits, which was a series record," Williams said.

DAULTON RETIRES:

His knees damaged by nine knee operations and his dream of a World Series ring realized, longtime Philadelphia Phillies catcher Darren Daulton retired from baseball Friday.

"I don't have as much control over my game as I once did," the three-time All-Star said. "If I can't play at the level I used to, then it's time to move on."

After spending 17 years in the Phillies organization, Daulton was traded to Florida on July 21 and was an integral part of the Marlins' championship team. The Marlins declined to exercise their $5 million option for Daulton next season.

"It's a wonderful way to go out," Daulton said.