“I'm sure uncle Ruppert would be extremely proud and thrilled to know he was about to become a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame,” Vernon said during her speech.
Vernon, who lives in Vermont, said upon arrival in Cooperstown she was overwhelmed, but “after the first 24 hours, then I felt much better. Everyone has been so kind and supportive.”
She added that induction of Ruppert has “changed my life.”
Gehrig also figured into the ceremony. He was among a dozen players who never had a formal induction ceremony that were recognized Sunday.
Known as the “Iron Horse,” Gehrig played in 2,130 straight games during his career, a record at the time of his retirement in 1939.
He had his plaque read by Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who broke Gehrig's record by playing in 2,632 consecutive games for the Baltimore Orioles.
Former Cincinnati Reds second baseman read the plaque of Rogers Hornsby.
Additionally, the 10 members of the Class of 1945 had their plaques read by Hall of Famers.
They were: Dan Brouthers (Carlton Fisk), Fred Clarke (Bert Blyleven), Jimmy Collins (Boggs), Ed Delahanty (Billy Williams), Hugh Duffy (Jim Rice), Hughie Jennings (Ozzie Smith), Mike Kelly (Andre Dawson), Jim O'Rourke (Larkin) and Wilbert Robinson (Tommy Lasorda).
The additions of O'Day, Ruppert and White bring the number of Hall of Famers to 300.
Next year's Induction Ceremony will be held July 27.
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