Baseball: Rivera makes history with unanimous HOF entry

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 23 2019 10:09 AM

In this file photo taken on October 29, 2016, former New York Yankees pitches Mariano Rivera speaks to the media during a ceremony naming the 2016 winners of the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Getty Images/AFP.

NEW YORK -- Legendary former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made history on Tuesday after becoming the first player ever to be unanimously voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Writers Association of America gave Rivera a blanket thumbs up, elevating the 49-year-old Panamanian with three other players.

Rivera was voted in alongside Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina.

Two other players, Harold Baines and Lee Smith, were added to the class of inductees who will be formally ushered into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York on July 21.

Halladay was named as a first ballot entrant just over a year after his death in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017.

Rivera and Halladay are the 55th and 56th players to be voted into the Hall of Fame on their first ballot.

Rivera, widely regarded as the greatest closer in baseball history, was voted in by a landslide, winning the nod from all 425 ballots cast.

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