Two of the best starting pitchers of the 1990s and 2000s, two standout designated hitters and two of the best closers of all time — including Cooperstown's first unanimous selection — went into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. Their words moved the crowd on a sun-splashed day in upstate New York:

Mariano Rivera

MLB's all-time saves leader was the last to speak — "I don't understand why I always have to be last," the Yankees great quipped, before adding: "It was a privilege and an honor to wear the pinstripes, and I did it with dignity honor and pride. I tried to carry the pinstripes as best I could. I think I did all right."

Brandy Halladay (for husband Roy Halladay)

Roy Halladay died in November 2017, leaving his widow to speak for the two-time Cy Young Award winner: "I know how honored Roy would be to be sitting here with such accomplished men who have represented this game so well over the course of all your careers."

Mike Mussina

The 18-year starter thanked his family and coaches, adding: "I was never fortunate to win a Cy Young Award or be a World Series champion, win 300 games or strike out 3,000 hitters. My opportunities for those achievements are in the past. Today, I get to become a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This time I made it."

Edgar Martinez

The five-time Silver Slugger winner thanked Mariners fans for his election on his final writers' ballot, adding: "This is a day I could never imagine happening when I was growing up in Puerto Rico. Honestly, there were times over the last 10 years I wasn't sure it was going to happen. I am so grateful and proud."

Lee Smith

Smiling from beginning to end during his speech, the major leagues' No. 3 all-time saves leader credited his family and hometown of Castor, La. "I was 14 years old and I thought my future was basketball. It wasn't just my arm that got me here. It's the whole community of Castor. I thank you."

Harold Baines

A man of few words, the longtime DH spoke of giving back, putting family ahead of everything else and working hard at your craft. Speaking of his dad, he said: "[He] taught me how to approach life. You work at it, you put your head down, you keep your mouth shut and you work at your craft day in, day out."