John Franco, a four-time MLB All-Star who once said he truly
became a pitcher at St. John’s University, was inducted into the
New York Mets Hall of Fame at Citi Field in Queens, NY, on Sunday,
In a 35-minute ceremony before the Mets’
game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Franco became the 26th person
inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. Previous inductees were
on hand, including Doc Gooden, Bud Harrelson, Ed Kranepool and
Darryl Strawberry. Former teammates such as David Cone, Al Leiter,
Bret Saberhagen and Todd Zeile also attended.
“It’s humbling, and I’m very honored,” said Franco, who rooted
for the Mets while growing up in Brooklyn, NY. The Hall of Fame, he
noted, includes players who were his childhood heroes. “To be on
the wall with those guys,” he said, “means an awful lot to
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