WATCH: Mike Piazza talks Tommy Lasorda's influence in Hall of Fame speech

The induction ceremony for the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class -- Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza -- took place Sunday afternoon. As is tradition, the inductees gave lengthy speeches at the podium, including many heartfelt and also light-hearted moments. One of the better moments in Mike Piazza's speech came when he discussed former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.

Piazza made history by being the lowest-draftee ever to be inducted into the Hall. He was a 62nd rounder and it was actually done as a favor to Lasorda, a family friend of the Piazzas. Piazza discusses how Lasorda saw something special in him at age 14 and more here.

Lots of good stuff in there, especially the quick mention of Pedro Martinez at the end. (Oh, and stay with us, Tommy!)

In all, though, it's such an incredible story that Lasorda asked Dodgers brass for a favor in the 62nd round and that guy turned into a Hall of Famer.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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