Jack Mor­ris star-struck af­ter Hall of Fame tour

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By John Kekis

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. » No longer the emo­tional wreck he was on that spe­cial day in De­cem­ber, Jack Mor­ris set­tled into a di­rec­tor’s chair in­side the Base­ball Hall of Fame’s Plaque Gallery, a sat­is­fied smile creas­ing his face.

“You walk into this room and it’s like the Holy Grail,” Mor­ris said Tues­day af­ter tour­ing base­ball’s shrine for the first time in prepa­ra­tion for his in­duc­tion this sum­mer. “It’s what base­ball dreams are made of for ev­ery kid. Now, I get to be a part of that group. It’s over­whelm­ing.

“I don’t know what to think or say. It’s hard to put words around it right now. It’s so spe­cial.”

The long wait for the 62-yearold Mor­ris ended in De­cem­ber when he and for­mer Detroit Tigers team­mate Alan Tram­mell were se­lected for in­duc­tion by a com­mit­tee that con­sid­ered older play­ers and ex­ec­u­tives. They will be en­shrined July 29 along with Vladimir Guer­rero, Chip­per Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoff­man, who were elected in Jan­uary by the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica.

“I be­gan to won­der, but I never gave up hope,” said Mor­ris, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, Jen­nifer, and 13-yearold son Miles. “Quite hon­estly, I re­al­ized early on that my best chance might be on the vet­er­ans com­mit­tee, even though the his­tory prior to ... this year wasn’t all that pos­i­tive. It worked out.”

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