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Blyleven Thanks Parents at Baseball Hall of Fame Induction

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) – Bert Blyleven has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the first Dutch-born player to be enshrined thanked his late father and his 85-year-old mother for the drive and determination he needed to succeed.

Blyleven, who won a World Series with Pittsburgh in 1979 and Minnesota in 1987, won 287 games and tossed 60 shutouts in his 22-year career.

Blyleven’s father, who died of Parkinson’s in 2004, fell in love with baseball and the Dodgers after the family moved to Southern California in the late 1950s.

“I wish he was here,” Blyleven said at Sunday’s induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y. “But you know, mom, I know he’s up there looking down right now.”

The starting pitcher was elected on his 14th try.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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