Ricky Henderson and Jim Rice elected to the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame will run all the way to Cooperstown.
In order to be elected into the Hall, players need 75 percent of the vote from 10-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Henderson was named a Hall of Famer today, when the Baseball Writers Association of America announced that he received votes from 94.8 percent of the 539-person electorate, exclamation-pointing a 25-year career in which he was recognized as the most menacing leadoff hitter in history.
Henderson will be inducted on July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with Jim Rice, who received 76.4 percent in his 15th and final year on the ballot.
Jim Rice's selection means that left field in Fenway for the best part of half-a-century (1939 through 1989) was patrolled by three Hall of Famers. Teddy Ballgame, Yaz and Jim Ed connected for a collective 8,525 hits, slugged a combined 1,355 home runs, and batted in a total of 4,134 runs.