DETROIT -- White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone appreciated his prime-time mention during Hall of Fame speeches Sunday, marveling in the randomness of it all.
Former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox led off his speech with a story that took place while sitting next to Stone at an Arizona Fall League game.
“I think it was great to have heard that Bobby did that, knowing that might be the first time my name was ever mentioned in Cooperstown,” Stone said. “And it’s probably the closest I’m ever going to get to going to Cooperstown. I thank Bobby for the remembrance.”
In Cox’s story, a fan asked Stone for his autograph. Stone then asked the fan if he wanted Cox’s autograph. The fan said he recognized Cox as the guy who keeps getting kicked out of baseball games. Stone added more detail to the tale.
“Bobby was there checking out a young center fielder by the name of Jordan Shafer and we were sitting talking,” Stone said, estimating that it was 2007. “And he told the whole story exactly as it unfolded.”