07/23/09 9:28 AM ET
TWIB to honor newest Hall inductees
Program to recogonize Henderson, Rice on eve of inductions
By Amy Brittain / MLB.com
The newest inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be featured on the upcoming edition of This Week In Baseball, slated to air Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Producer Matt Anderton said it was only fitting to use this week's show to present biography pieces on Henderson and Rice, helping a national audience understand each man's impact on the game.
Henderson, who is the all-time Major League leader with 1,406 steals and 2,295 runs, was elected into the Hall of Fame with 94.8 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility.
Anderton said the show's first segment features an interview with Henderson and comments from his peers. Henderson, who played 25 years with nine different clubs, developed a reputation as an outstanding leadoff hitter with a personality that kept the fans and critics talking.
"[We discuss] everything from his records to his showmanship," Anderton said.
The show's second segment presents a similar biographical piece depicting Rice's 16-year career with the Red Sox. Rice was elected with 76.4 percent of the vote in his 15th and final year of eligibility.
"We have some unbelievable vintage film on him," Anderton said. "We get into how dominant he was in his era, and how he was kept out of the Hall of Fame for a while and how excited he is to be there now."
This week's show also features a segment on the Hall of Fame Classic game, which was played on Father's Day in Cooperstown. Bob Feller, a 90-year-old Hall of Famer who was inducted in 1962, tossed two innings as a starting pitcher.
"The stadium was packed," Anderton said. "The fans loved it."
Also featured on this week's show will be:
An in-depth look at Roberto Clemente Award and its purpose of honoring a player who pursues significant charitable efforts. Anderton said the show plans to profile several Clemente Award winners in the future. This week, Clemente himself will be the focus of the segment.
Gillette rookie segment featuring Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson, who struck out 11 in seven innings of work Monday.
XM Call of the Week: Oakland's Matt Holliday's grand slam against the Twins to tie Monday's game in the seventh inning, when the A's rallied from a 10-run deficit en route to a victory.
Amy Brittain is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.