Multicultural Pride in Cooperstown

Multicultural Pride in Cooperstown

The 2011 Hall of Fame inductions presented baseball at its multicultural best.

Bert Blyleven became the first Dutch-born player to enter the baseball Hall, and he entered along with a general manager who built the only World Series champions from Canada, and a second baseman from Puerto Rico.

Pat Gillick worked as GM for Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia, earning a reputation within the game as a humble genius.

Roberto Alomar became one of the most gifted players of his generation, and helped Gillick win those titles with the Blue Jays.

"I'm sorry I'm late," Alomar said Sunday, after the inductees made their speeches and Alomar was swamped by well-wishers from his homeland. "But I got caught in a Puerto Rican parade."

Gillick and Alomar belonged on the same stage. In 1990, Gillick, in his first GM stint, traded Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to San Diego for Joe Carter and Alomar.

Alomar would become a perennial All-Star and Gold Glove winner and hit the home run that lifted the Jays to their first World Series appearance. Carter would hit the home run that ended the 1993 World Series.

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