(WTNH)–He waited, and waited, and waited.
Finally, in his seventh year of eligibility, Killingworth’s Jeff Bagwell got the news he was hoping for. The former Xavier High School and University of Hartford standout is now a Baseball Hall of Famer.
Bagwell got the word from Cooperstown a short time ago.
The 48-year-old spent 15 years in the big leagues, all with the Houston Astros (after the Red Sox traded him for middle reliever Larry Anderson in perhaps the worst deal ever). He recorded 2,314 hits, 449 homers and 1,529 RBI during his illustrious career.
Dan Gooley, who coached Bagwell at UHart, said he knew he was a special talent from day one.
“He would come out every single day for 30 minutes in pre-practice, and he would work on a different part of the game for 30 full minutes,” Gooley said. “And if you worked with him, you were exhausted.”
“You knew if he kept that and he developed these baseball instincts, something special was coming out of this kid.”
Bagwell will join longtime Hall of Fame hopeful Tim Raines and former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was in his first year on the ballot, in Cooperstown this summer.
Neither Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds were inducted this year, but they are both getting closer, as both saw their vote totals jump more than 10 percent from last year. Clemens received 54.1% of the vote, and Bonds 53.8.