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Date Inducted: 10 Oct 2013
Sport: Baseball
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Graeme Lloyd - Baseball

Graeme Lloyd’s place in baseball history was sealed in 1996 when pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to ensure the famed New York Yankees victory in The World Series and become the first Australian to wear a coveted World Series ring. The big left hander was with the Yankees again in’98 when they repeated the victory. 

Graeme John Lloyd was born on April 9, 1967 in Geelong. He first picked up a baseball at the age of ten and despite playing AFL and cricket as a schoolboy, soon gravitated to baseball. At 19 he was chosen to represent Victoria and the same year represented Australia in the World Cup in Japan.

His place in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame rests on far broader foundations: After representing Australia at junior and senior level he joined the Milwaukee Brewers in 1993 then, despite battling painful injuries, spent a decade playing Major League with a number of clubs, including with three seasons with the famed New York Yankees.

In 2004 he was a member of the Australian baseball team that won silver at the Athens Olympics.

Since returning to Australia he has been an unstinting and successful coach. In 2005 Graeme Lloyd was inducted into the inaugural Australian Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the All Star Australian Claxton Shield side when it was selected in 2009.  He has been a role model and trailblazer for the sport of Baseball, but also a tireless coach and mentor. His influence on Australian baseball will be enduring. 

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