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MLB Hall Of Fame Firsts: DH Big Papi, Bud Fowler, 1st Black In Baseball

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  • “Wow! Cooperstown!” began David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox, the first designated hitter Hall of Famer.
  • Ortiz becomes the fourth Dominican-born player to be enshrined at the Hall of Fame, joining his longtime friend Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and Juan Marichal.
  • During a long career that stretched into the 20th century, Fowler played for more than 50 teams despite being lauded as a top performer wherever he went. Often, he was forced to switch teams because a teammate or an opponent refused to take the field with him.

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