Saint Shirley touched 'em all for Tom Cheek

Shirley Cheek (second from left) accepts the plaque on behalf of her late husband, Tom, from the...

Shirley Cheek (second from left) accepts the plaque on behalf of her late husband, Tom, from the Hall of Fame committee on Saturday. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:49 PM ET

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - On the stage at Doubleday Field sat two people who were in the same building 20 years ago when the Blue Jays played their most recent post-season game.

On one side was Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, while Montreal Bill Shaiken, of the Los Angeles Times and past president of the Baseball Writers of America Association, was on the other.

In between were Shirley Cheek and Paul Hagen.

Shirley had watched from the seats, Hagen was in the press box, so neither heard Tom Cheek make that famous home run call on Oct. 24, 1993:

“A swing and a belt! Left field! Way back! BLUE JAYS WIN IT! The Blue Jays are World Series champions as Joe Carter hits a three run home run in the ninth and the Jays have repeated as World Series champions! Touch ’em all, Joe! You’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life!”

But they all heard it again here on Saturday afternoon prior to Shirley’s acceptance speech for the Ford C. Frick Award her husband won.


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