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2/27/06-Cooperstown, NY

Tyler Native Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

The honor comes more than 60 years after his death, and 80 years after the end of his playing career, but Tyler native Louis Santop is now one of the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. He was one of 12 players and five executives from a group of 39 former negro league and pre-negro league stars to be elected. The group also includes the first woman to enter the hall, Effa Manley, a former executive with the Newark Eagles. Santop was one of the premiere black players of the pre-negro league era. The catcher was known as the "black Babe Ruth" for his prodigious home run shots. The 6'4", 240 pounder also batted over .400 four times in his career. Santop, a World War I veteran, is the first Tyler native to be elected to the baseball hall of fame. He died in Philadelphia in 1942, but his memory now will live on in Cooperstown, New York.

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