It was a special night at Cooley Law School Stadium on Thursday.  The opening class to the Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame was announced before the Lansing Lugnuts game versus the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

Detroit Tigers legends Bill Freehan, Charlie Gehringer, Alan Trammell, Hal Newhouser, Al Kaline, and announcer Ernie Harwell were inducted.  As well as new National Baseball HOF'er and Lansing native John Smoltz.  Former U-M and MLB star Jim Abbott was also honored.

But the highlight of the night was the two winningest coaches in Michigan high school baseball taking their place in the Hall.  Grand Ledge's Pat O'Keefe and Blissfield's Larry Tuttle each have 1,190 career wins and a combined nine state titles in a total of 95 years of coaching.  Both O'Keefe and Tuttle threw out the first pitch before last night's game.

Congratulations to all the inductees!