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Inducted June 12, 1997 Signed to a $20,000 bonus by the Philadelphia Phillies out of high school in 1946, Lopata toiled in the minor leagues and didn’t reach the majors on a full-time basis until 1954. Employing a crouch batting stance suggested by Rogers Hornsby, in...

Inducted June 8, 1978 Lopat pitched for seven years in the minors before he made it to the majors in 1944 with the Chicago White Sox. Four years later, he was traded to the New York Yankees, where he remained for eight years, posting a 109-51...

Inducted June 12, 2003 Kuzava, a native of Wyandotte, Michigan, began his big league career with the Cleveland Indians. But he made his name, thanks in part to an injury, with the New York Yankees. In 1951, Kuzava was property of the Washington Senators. The previous...

Inducted October 15, 1988 The native of Reading, Pennsylvania, joined the St. Louis Cardinals at the end of the 1941 season, remaining with the team through 1948 as a stellar third baseman until an arm injury prematurely ended his career. Kurowski batted .300 or better his...

Inducted June 3, 1982 Kubek had outstanding success in the minor leagues before moving up to the New York Yankees in 1957 to begin a nine-year career (1957-1965), all with New York. A stellar utility infielder, Kubek batted .297 and won the American League Rookie of...

Inducted June 12, 2008 Armed with a wicked slider and change-up, Jim Konstanty pitched for five teams during his 13-year major league career (1944-1956), while compiling a career record of 66-48, with 74 saves and a 3.46 ERA in 433 games.  As a relief specialist for...

Inducted June 13, 1974 At Indiana University, burly Ted Kluszewski concentrated on football, where he achieved Big Ten honors as an end. But he turned his attention to baseball in 1946 when he signed with Cincinnati. Two years later, he began a 14-year major league career...

Inducted June 23, 2014 Ryan Klesko played 16 Major League Baseball seasons (1992-2007) with Atlanta, San Diego and San Francisco, belting 278 home runs, 987 RBI, and 1,564 hits during his major league career. He was an integral part of the Braves World Series Championship team...

Inducted June 20, 2019 Mark Grudzielanek played 15 seasons in the majors as a second baseman/shortstop with the Expos (1995-98), Dodgers (1998-02), Cubs (2003-04), Cardinals (2005), Royals (2006-08) and the Indians (2010).  He hit over .300 five times, with a high average of .326 in 1999....

Inducted June 4, 1981 A native of Hamtramck, Michigan where he played softball in high school and baseball on Detroit’s sandlots, Gromek was converted from an infielder to a pitcher in the minors and went on to a 17-year career (1941-1956) in the American League with...