have hurt the game and taken a toll on all of us.’’
Dawson was part of a class that included former manager Whitey Herzog, umpire Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller and sports writer Bill Madden. The ceremony also honored Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty, who sang his classic song “Centerfield.”
Fogerty released the tune 25 years ago, and it had been played at the start of induction Sunday for more than a decade.
“I’m truly honored,” Fogerty said after playing the song on his guitar “Slugger,” which is shaped like a baseball bat. “I wrote that as an 8-year-old boy. That 8-year-old boy right now is saying, ‘It ain’t getting any better than this.’ ’’
Herzog, 78, who played eight nondescript years for four teams, managed for 18 seasons, 11 with the St. Louis Cardinals after stints in Texas, California and Kansas City.
He guided the Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances in the 1970s and led the Cardinals to the 1982 World Series title just two years after he was hired. The Cards also made World Series appearances in 1985 and 1987 under Herzog.
“Ever since I was elected in December, people have asked, ‘What’s it feel like to be a Hall of Famer?’” Herzog said. “Now I can tell you what it feels like. It feels like going to heaven before you die.”
Harvey, 80, battling throat cancer, worked in the National League from 1962 to 1992, called 4,673 regular-season games and also umpired five World Series, six All-Star Games and nine National League Championship Series. He was nicknamed “God” during his heyday because of his authoritative, no-nonsense demeanor on the field.
Detroit second baseman Carlos Guillen has joined outfielder Magglio Ordoñez and third baseman Brandon Inge on the disabled list. At least Guillen (calf) should be back after a few weeks. Ordoñez (broken ankle) and Inge (broken hand) are gone for roughly eight weeks. The Tigers, contenders in the AL Central, are shopping for replacements.
Carlos Zambrano will likely make one more appearance with Triple-A Iowa before rejoining the Chicago Cubs next weekend in Colorado.
Minnesota put second baseman Orlando Hudson (ribcage) on the DL.