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Rich "Goose" Gossage Elected to U.S. Hall of Fame
Rich "Goose" Gossage was elected to the U.S. Hall of Fame today. Does that make him the first player in the U.S. Hall of Fame who played in the Japanese leagues? In looking over the Wikipedia list of non-Japanese players in the Japanese League, I don't see any other Hall of Fame names jump out.

I expect that Ichiro will become the second player to be elected to the U.S. Hall of Fame (5 years after he retires) with Japanese league experience. I don't think Julio Franco will get but a handful of votes at most. Are there any other former Japanese leaguers that have a shot of getting votes to the U.S. Hall of Fame?
Re: Rich "Goose" Gossage Elected to U.S. Hall of Fame
[ Author: Guest: Jim Albright | Posted: Jan 9, 2008 10:29 AM ]

Gossage is the first pitcher, but the man who broke the color line in the American League, Larry Doby, played for the Dragons in 1962.
Re: Rich
[ Author: Kiyoshi | Posted: Jan 9, 2008 12:54 PM | HAN Fan ]

Larry Doby was the first "suketto" to make the MLB Hall of Fame. He played for the Chunichi Dragons in 1962.
Re: Rich
[ Author: Guest: Kenny | Posted: Jan 9, 2008 11:14 PM ]

Doby is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he was elected by the Veterans Committee (in 1998) long after he retired, so Gossage is the 1st NPBer to be elected to the Hall by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

Cecil Fielder was on his way to Cooperstown until injuries slowed him down in a hurry. If you look at his numbers, they were Hall-worthy until he suddenly tapered off after 1996.

Other than Fielder and Franco, there are probably no other former import NPBers who will receive even a little consideration for the Hall.

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