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Blyleven gaining ground on Hall of Fame

Pitcher falls five votes short on HOF induction, already excited for next year's vote

Updated: January 7, 2010, 5:10 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Forty years after throwing his first major league curveball, 18 years after winning his final big league game and 13 years after going on the Hall of Fame ballot for the initial time, Bert Blyleven finally received the call from Cooperstown on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite the call he wanted.

"Brad Horn called me,'' Blyleven said, referring to the Hall's senior director for communications. "And he said, 'This is Brad Horn from the Hall of Fame. I just wanted to tell you that ...

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