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Eddie Murray is greeted by teammates Tito Landrum, Cal Ripken Jr. and Jim Dwyer after his home run in Game 5 of the 1983 World Series.
Eddie Murray is greeted by teammates Tito Landrum, Cal Ripken Jr. and Jim Dwyer after his home run in Game 5 of the 1983 World Series. (Baltimore Sun)

In honor of its fifth induction class, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) has selected five baseball legends to be inducted into its "Hall of Game."

The announcement was made during a news conference held at the NLBM on Tuesday. This year's class includes former Orioles first baseman and Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray, 1972 American League Most Valuable Player Dick Allen, six-time All-Star Kenny Lofton, and pitchers Jim "Mudcat" Grant and J.R. Richard.

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Considered one of the best first basemen to play the game, Murray played 21 major league seasons, including 13 with the Orioles. As a mainstay in the Orioles lineup from 1977 to 1988, Murray earned three Gold Gloves, two of his three Silver Slugger Awards and seven of his eight career All-Star appearances. Murray, who helped the Orioles to a World Series victory in 1983, had his jersey retired by the team in 1998 and was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1999. Just the third player in history to reach 500 home runs and 3,000 hits after Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 2003.

The five major league baseball greats will be inducted into the NLBM Hall of Game during ceremonies at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on June 9 at 8 p.m.

Established by the NLBM in 2014, the Hall of Game annually honors former major league greats who competed with the same passion, determination, skill and flair exhibited by the heroes of the Negro leagues. The 2018 inductees will join baseball greats from the previous induction classes, which have included legends such as Roberto Clemente, Joe Morgan, Rickey Henderson and Ozzie Smith.

In addition to the induction ceremony, Hall of Game honorees also will receive permanent recognition as part of the future Buck O'Neil Education and Research Center being developed by the NLBM at the site of the Paseo YMCA, the birthplace of the Negro leagues.

"We're thrilled to honor five former MLB greats this year in honor of our fifth Hall of Game anniversary," NLBM president Bob Kendrick said in a news release. "These men were truly captivating to watch every time they took the field, and they played with the same spirit, passion and hustle as the men who made the Negro leagues so special."

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