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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Two players who began their careers at opposite ends of the spectrum nearly three decades ago ended up in the same place on Sunday -- with their names etched on plaques at the Baseball Hall of Fame.For Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the culmination of their long journeys was tinged with tears all around.I stand up here humbled and overwhelmed, Griffey said, staring out at his family and tens of thousands of fans. I cant describe how it feels.The two became a piece of history on their special day. Griffey, the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft, became the highest pick ever inducted. Piazza, a 62nd-round pick the next year -- No. 1,390 -- is the lowest pick to enter the Hall of Fame.Griffey played 22 big league seasons with the Mariners, Reds and White Sox and was selected on a record 99.32 percent of ballots cast, an affirmation of sorts for his clean performance during baseballs so-called steroid era.A 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner in center field, Griffey hit 630 home runs, sixth all time, and drove in 1,836 runs. He also was the American League MVP in 1997, drove in at least 100 runs in eight seasons and won seven Silver Slugger Awards.Griffey, who fell just three votes shy of being the first unanimous selection, hit 417 of his 630 homers and won all 10 of his Gold Gloves with the Seattle Mariners. He played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mariners and led them to the playoffs for the first two times in franchise history.Thirteen years with the Seattle Mariners, from the day I got drafted, Seattle, Washington, has been a big part of my life, Griffey said, punctuating the end of his speech by putting a baseball cap on backward as he did throughout his career.Im going to leave you with one thing. In 22 years I learned that one team will treat you the best, and thats your first team. Im damn proud to be a Seattle Mariner.Dubbed The Natural for his effortless excellence at the plate and in center field, Griffey avoided the Hall of Fame until his special weekend because he wanted his first walk through the front doors of the stately building on Main Street to be with his kids, whom he singled out one by one in his 20-minute speech.There are two misconceptions about me -- I didnt work hard, and everything I did I made look easy, Griffey said. Just because I made it look easy doesnt mean that it was. You dont become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out.Griffeys mom, Birdie, and his father, former Cincinnati Reds star Ken Sr., both cancer survivors and integral to his rise to stardom, were front and center in the first row.To my dad, who taught me how to play this game and to my mom, the strongest woman I know, Junior said. To have to be mom and dad, she was our biggest fan and our biggest critic. Shes the only woman I know that lives in one house and runs five others.Selected in the draft by the Dodgers after Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, a close friend of Piazzas father, Vince, put in a good word, Piazza struggled.He briefly quit the game while in the minor leagues, returned and persevered despite a heavy workload as he switched from first base to catcher and teammates criticized his erratic play.His mother and father were foremost on his mind, too.Dad always dreamed of playing in the major leagues, said Piazza, just the second Hall of Famer depicted on his plaque wearing a Mets cap, after Tom Seaver in 1992.He could not follow that dream because of the realities of life. My fathers faith in me, often greater than my own, is the single most important factor of me being inducted into this Hall of Fame. Thank you, Dad. We made it, Dad. The race is over. Now its time to smell the roses.Piazza played 16 years with the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and Athletics and hit 427 home runs, including a major league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five of his leagues MVP voting four times.Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza, a .308 career hitter, posted six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average (all other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons).Though the Dodgers gave him his start, Piazza found a home in New York when he was traded to the Mets in May 1998.Three years later, he became a hero to the hometown fans with perhaps the most notable home run of his career. His two-run shot in the eighth inning at Shea Stadium lifted the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the first sporting event played in New York after the 9/11 terror attacks.Piazza paid tribute to that moment.To witness the darkest evil of the human heart ... will be forever burned in my soul, Piazza said. But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and eventual healing.Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run in the first game back on Sept. 21, but the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway. I pray that we never forget their sacrifice.Attendance was estimated at around 50,000 by the Hall of Fame, tying 1999 for second-most all time. Kawhi Leonard Jersey . The Hall of Fame defenceman told Landsberg that he believes fighting still has a place in todays game, but thinks staged fighting needs be outlawed. Malachi Richardson Jersey . 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When it was time out for everyone else, it was time in for NaLyssa Smith.When it was halftime for the others, it was showtime for her.Smith was just 5 years old when she and her brother, Rodney Jr., who was 7, started tagging along to their dads rec basketball games in San Antonio, Texas. And whenever there was a break in the action, NaLyssa took over.Everyone was watching my sister, Rodney Jr. said. She was throwing up shots, and she was swishing and swishing.More than a decade later, those swishes havent stopped.NaLyssa, an undeclared 6-foot-4 junior forward for East Central (San Antonio), is the No. 12 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Terrific 25 for the 2018 class.Basketball has seemingly been her destiny since the day she was born. Her father, Rodney, was a 6-4 forward for the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her mother, Nikki, was a 5-8 sprinter on the AAU circuit.Before NaLyssa was born, doctors told her parents they were welcoming a 7-pound baby.Lo and behold, Nikki said, she was almost 10 pounds. The doctor almost dropped her when she came out. We make a joke about that every year on her birthday.Smith, who turned 16 on Aug. 8, was precisely 9 pounds, 15 ounces at birth. About a year later, she was already hooping in the garage with her brother -- swishing and swishing on a little plastic goal.I think she had that basketball mentality coming out of the womb, Rodney Jr. said.Smith was so destined to play basketball that her height has already matched her fathers. She towers over her brother by eight inches.Not that it bothers Rodney Jr.The 5-8 sophomore forward on the University of Saint Mary soccer team scored four goals and led his Spires with four assists last year while competing in the NAIAs Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.These days, he leaves the basketball to his sister.Im her No. 1 fan -- nobody is ever going to take that away from me, Rodney Jr. said. Shes all over my social media. I boost her so much -- Ive got to brag about her.Everyone, it seems, is a fan. Smith averaged 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks last season for a 22-9 team.She has numerous scholarship offers and will start receiving home visits from some of the top college basketball coaches in the nation. She wont narrow her list to five schools until March. In the meantime, she rattled off the schools she is considering: Baylor, Texas, Kansas, Texas Tech, TCU, Ohio State, Arizona State, West Virginia, Connecticut, Louisville, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Maryland, UCLA and Tennessee.Perhaps the first coach she impressed was Ian Ward, who wasnt even a coach at the time. He was just a guy playing adult-league basketball with Rodney Smith Sr.Ward, who is now Smiths coach at East Central, remembers the show she would put on at halftime of theiir games.dddddddddddd.She was tall for her age, and the way she could dribble and put the ball in the basket -- you could tell she was going to be special, Ward said.I dont remember a time where she wasnt at her fathers games. At the end of the timeouts, the refs would run her and her brother off the court. But at the next stoppage in play, they would be right back, getting shots up.Smiths passion for the game has only grown. She failed to make the U.S. U17 team this summer, but that didnt deter her at all.I wasnt really sad about getting cut, she said. It just motivated me to work harder.Next time, Im going to come even stronger to make them see what they missed this season.Smith, who has a 3.1 GPA, is interested in studying child development. She would like to own a daycare after she is done playing, but the possibility of coaching also intrigues her.East Central point guard Brittany Rodgers loves seeing Smith soar for her lob passes. Smith has dunked in practice, and her ability to score at the rim excites her teammates.But Smith is far more than a prototypical post player. She is so skilled that she initially shocked East Central assistant coach Keyondra White, who joined the team last year to mentor the guards.On her first day of practice, White asked the guards to join her.We break up -- bigs over there, guards over here, White said. When she comes with me, Im like, What in the world?But right away, shes doing ballhandling drills, hitting pull-up jumpers. Then she started knocking down 3s, left and right, and I knew she was special.White and Ward said Smith has become much more of a leader this summer, which makes East Central -- with all five starters returning -- a much more dangerous team.Koty Cowgill, who coaches Smith with the SA Finest AAU team, said her greatest attribute may be that she didnt just box herself into becoming a center. She took a complete-game approach, and its the reason shes in such demand with college coaches, Cowgill said.Smiths charisma is such that her father and brother have both tattooed their left arms with her name or nickname.Both NaLyssa and Rodney Jr. wear No. 3, and their brother-sister logo is S3, with the S standing for Smith.Our bond is unbreakable, Rodney Jr. said. I drove eight hours from Kansas to Colorado to see her at USA trials, and she busted out crying when she saw me.After he left for college, Rodney also surprised her at one of her high school games, hugging her on the court during warm-ups. She cried then, too.We go five months apart, so its always emotional when I see him, NaLyssa said. Its super hard.But when he comes home, were always together. ' ' '

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