NEW YORK (AP) -- A quarter-century ago, the lives of Carlton Fisk and Tony Perez intersected on an October night at Fenway Park.
Now they meet again, entering the Hall of Fame together.
The pair, linked by home runs in perhaps the greatest World Series ever, were elected to the Hall on Tuesday, wiping away the times they fell just short.
''I'll be happy and proud to be standing up there in July at the same podium as he is,'' Fisk said.
Fisk is best remembered for waving his 12th-inning homer fair in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Perez's two-run shot off Bill Lee the following night, which helped rally Cincinnati from a three-run deficit to the title, is largely overlooked.
''It's sweet now, when I'm in. It doesn't matter how long I had to wait,'' said Perez, who made it on his ninth try. ''The first thing I thought of was calling my mother in Cuba. The family was there, too. They started jumping around. My mother was crying.''
Fisk, who caught the most games in major league history (2,226) and hit a record 351 of 376 career home runs while playing the position, received 397 votes among the record 499 ballots cast by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Perez received 385 votes.
Perez, 71 votes shy last year when Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount were chosen, got 77.2 percent and was elected with 10 votes to spare, becoming the first Cuban chosen by the BBWAA.
And it could be an even bigger '75 reunion when induction ceremonies are held.
Fisk, who played from 1969-93, and Perez, active from 1964-86, will be inducted into the Hall at Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 23. Sparky Anderson, who managed the Reds to Series titles in 1975 and '76, is a leading contender for election by the veterans' committee, which meets Feb. 29 at Tampa, Fla.
''That would be something special, if I went in with Sparky at the same time,'' Perez said.
Fisk, who spent 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox, acknowledged his Game 6 homer off Pat Darcy was his defining moment, especially for director Harry Coyle's reaction shot of his using every bit of body English to wave the ball fair as it traveled down the left-field line. When it finally hit the foul pole for a home run, he jumped with his arms thrust in the air.
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