NEW YORK (AP) - Cal Ripken Junior and Tony Gwynn have been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility and will be enshrined in Cooperstown this summer. Mark McGwire failed to gain admittance in his first year on the ballot.
Tarnished by accusations of steroid use, McGwire, who hit 583 home runs, appeared on just 128 of a record 545 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Ripken smashed Lou Gerhig's record by playing in two-thousand, 632 straight games for the Baltimore Orioles and was picked by 537 voters, appearing on 98-point-five percent of ballots. That falls just short of the record percentage of 98-point-84 set by Tom Seaver when he was selected on 425 of 430 ballots in 1992.
Gwynn, who won eight batting titles with the San Diego Padres to tie Honus Wagner's National League record, was just behind with 532 votes, or 97-point-six percent.
Both Ripken and Gwynn are baseball dinosaurs, having played their entire major league career with just one team.