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Ryan: Jim Rice The 'Perfect Borderline' Hall Of Famer

It took him until his final "at bat," but former Red Sox outfielder Jim Rice has finally been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Rice has been eligible for the Hall for 15 years, but fell short in voting by baseball writers every year, until yesterday.

Rice was one of baseball's most feared hitters in the late 1970s and '80s, but he was also known for clashing with reporters, the same reporters who vote on entry to the hall of fame.Boston Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan covered Jim Rice's career with the Red Sox, and joins WBUR.

This program aired on January 13, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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