Scenes from the Ted Williams Museum induction
The Ted Williams Museum at Tropicana Field welcomed six new members on Saturday, with Craig Biggio, Johnny Damon and Frank Howard inducted into the Hitters Hall of Fame, and Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Tampa's Dwight Gooden and former Rays ace James Shields were added to the Pitchers Wall of Great Achievement.
The inductions were held at Tropicana Field as part of the Dinner with Ben Zobrist and Friends, featuring Chris Archer, Alex Cobb and David Price. Proceeds from the event, before a sold-out crowd of 1,100, benefitted the Museum and the players' foundations.
Also, Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer was honored with a Ted Williams Lifetime Achievement Award.
Among the highlights was David Price's entertaining introduction of Shields, complete with an explanation of words Shields invented.
Meanwhile Shields, traded to the Royals after the 2012 season, was thrilled to be back at the Trop. "There's a lot of memories in this building. This is my home,'' he said. "I play for Kansas City but my heart is with Tampa, and it always will be. So don't boo me next time I pitch here.''