On This Day

Baseball Hall of Fame in History

Events in Sport

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1905-07-04 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A's) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2

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1907-08-02 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit

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1926-05-01 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga

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1936-01-29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

  • 1937-01-19 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1938-01-18 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1938-09-13 Alexander Cartwright is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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1939-01-24 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1939-06-12 Baseball Hall of Fame is dedicated in Cooperstown, New York

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1939-12-07 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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1942-01-04 7 x NL batting champion Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1945-01-10 No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1946-04-24 11 players named to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Tinker, Evers, Chance, Burkett, McCarthy, Waddell, Plank, Walsh, Jack Chesbro, Griffith and McGinnity
  • 1949-05-05 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1950-02-16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1951-01-26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Record

1951-05-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits first career home run in 8-3 win v White Sox in Chicago; Minnie Minoso homers in Sox debut

  • 1952-01-31 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1953-07-27 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons "Chief" Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

1955-05-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter in Indians' 2-0 win v Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Stadium

  • 1956-07-23 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1959-02-01 Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .300 or better 14 times

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1962-01-24 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.

  • 1963-01-27 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1964-02-02 Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame - Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, & Miller Huggins

  • 1964-02-17 101st member elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, Chicago White Sox shortstop Luke Appling
  • 1965-01-31 19th century pitcher James 'Pud' Galvin elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1967-01-29 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1967-02-16 NY Yankees pitcher Red Ruffing elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1968-01-23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1968-01-28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1969-02-02 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1970-02-01 Former MLB Commissioner Ford Frick as well as ex-players Earle Combs and Jesse Haines are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1970-07-27 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1971-01-31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • 1971-01-31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1971-02-09 Satchel Paige becomes 1st Negro League player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1971-07-07 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum

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1972-01-19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1972-08-07 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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1973-01-24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1973-01-28 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1973-02-01 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee

Hall of Fame

1973-03-20 Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

  • 1973-08-06 Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Monte Irvin, Mickey Welch and George "High Pockets" Kelly are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Hall of Fame

1974-02-13 James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame

  • 1975-01-23 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1975-02-10 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1976-02-02 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1976-02-09 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame

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1977-01-19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1977-01-31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie and Al López elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1977-06-05 Los Angeles Dodgers retire Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager Walter Alston's #24
  • 1978-01-19 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1978-01-30 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1978-08-07 Eddie Mathews, Addie Joss and Larry MacPhail are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

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1979-01-23 NY/SF Giants / New York Mets center fielder Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1980-08-03 Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1981-01-15 Pitcher Bob Gibson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; after a stellar 17 year career, polls 337 votes from Baseball Writers Association of America
  • 1981-03-11 Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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1983-01-12 Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

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1984-01-10 Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew and Don Drysdale elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

  • 1984-03-04 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1984-08-12 Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, & Luis Aparicio are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 1985-01-07 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1985-03-06 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1985-07-28 Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter, A Vaughan, & Hoyt Wilhelm inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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1985-08-04 New York Yankees retire Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Phil Rizzuto's #10

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1986-08-03 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

  • 1987-01-14 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1987-07-26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame

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1988-01-12 Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder/first baseman Willie Stargell elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1988-03-01 For first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon and Gil Hodges passed over

  • 1988-07-31 Pittsburgh Pirates 1st baseman/left fielder and 7-time All Star Willie Stargell becomes 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1989-02-28 10-time All Star second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst and umpire Al Barlick are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1989-08-06 Boston Red Sox retire Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman Carl Yastrezemski's #8

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1991-02-04 Baseball's Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager

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1991-02-26 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1992-01-07 Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

  • 1992-08-02 Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, Hal Newhouser & Bill McGowan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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1993-08-01 14-time MLB All Star Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

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1994-01-12 Lefthanded pitcher Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1995-01-08 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star third baseman Mike Schmidt is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1996-01-08 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1996-08-04 Jim Bunning, Earl Weaver, Bill Foster and Ned Hanlon inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Hall of Fame

1997-03-05 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1835-09-25 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1895)
  • 1847-12-02 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1848-10-17 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • 1850-09-02 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball HOF pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; President, co-owner Chicago White Stockings; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • 1852-04-17 Cap Anson, American Baseball HOF first baseman (NL batting champion 1881, 88; 8 × NL RBI leader; Chicago White Stockings/Colts) and manager (Philadelphia A's, Chicago White Stockings/Colts, NY Giants), born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1856-12-25 James "Pud" Galvin, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB's first 300-game winner; no-hitters 1880, 84; Buffalo Bisons), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1902)

Tim Keefe

1857-01-01 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

  • 1857-07-01 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • 1859-07-08 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1859-11-01 Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), born in Massena, NY (d. 1943)
  • 1860-03-03 John Montgomery Ward, American Baseball HOF pitcher (perfect game 1880; NL ERA leader 1878; NL strikeout leader & NL wins leader 1879; Providence Grays), born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 1925)
  • 1861-07-01 John Clarkson, American Baseball HOF pitcher (Triple Crown 1889; no-hitter 1885; 3 × NL wins leader; 3 × NL strikeout leader; Chicago White Stockings, Boston Beaneaters), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1862-04-30 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 1914)

Connie Mack

1862-12-22 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Cy Young

1867-03-29 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cleveland Spiders, Boston Americans; most wins in MLB history 511), born in Gilmore, Ohio (d. 1955)

  • 1867-10-30 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1899; NL home run leader 1893, 96; 3 × NL RBI leader; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1903)
  • 1868-12-04 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years; Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1953)
  • 1869-04-02 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (Baltimore Orioles) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • 1870-02-14 Bob Quinn, American MLB executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1923–33; part owner Boston Braves 1936–45; President National Baseball Hall of Fame 1948–51), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1954)
  • 1871-03-20 Joe McGinnity, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905; 5 × NL wins leader; NL ERA leader 1904; Baltimore Orioles, NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1872-03-03 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history; NL batting champion 1897, 98 Baltimore Orioles), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • 1872-10-03 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), born in Winterset, Iowa (d. 1960)
  • 1873-04-07 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), born in Truxton, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1873-11-04 Bobby Wallace, Baseball HOF shortstop, pitcher (Temple Cup 1895 Cleveland Spiders) and manager (St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)

Honus Wagner

1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8 x NL batting champion; 5 × NL RBI / stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

  • 1874-06-05 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB wins leader 1902, 04 [41 wins], NY Highlanders), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • 1876-10-13 Rube Waddell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown, AL wins leader 1905; ERA leader 1900, 05; strikeout leader 1902–07; Philadelphia A's), born in Bradford, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)
  • 1878-03-27 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1923, 27, 28; 6 x AL pennants NY Yankees), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1879-06-11 Roger Bresnahan, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder and manager (World Series 1905 NY Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; first shin guards and batting helmet), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • 1880-08-12 Christy Mathewson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905, 21; Triple Crown 1905, 08; NL wins leader 1905, 07, 08, 10; 2 x no-hitters; NY Giants), born in Factoryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1925)
  • 1881-05-14 Ed Walsh, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1883-05-05 Charles "Chief" Bender, American Baseball HOF pitcher (only indigenous American in BHOF; World Series 1910, 11, 13; no-hitter 1910; Philadelphia A's), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1886-03-13 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball HOF third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia A's), born in Trappe, Maryland (d. 1963)

Ty Cobb

1886-12-18 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

Eddie Collins

1887-05-02 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago White Sox), born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Walter Johnson

1887-11-06 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series, 1924; AL MVP, 1913, 1924; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

Tris Speaker

1888-04-04 Tris Speaker, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians 1919-26), born in Hubbard, Texas (d. 1958)

  • 1888-05-23 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1888-07-01 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (Indianapolis ABCs) and manager (Washington Potomacs, Baltimore Black Sox), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1953)
  • 1890-01-11 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1976)
  • 1890-02-03 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), born in Cass City, Michigan (d. 1975)

Casey Stengel

1890-07-30 Casey Stengel, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (7 x World Series NY Yankees; NY Mets 1st manager), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1975)

  • 1892-08-12 Ray Schalk, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago White Sox 1927-28), born in Harvel, Illinois (d. 1970)
  • 1894-06-23 George Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60, 7 x World Series; NY Mets President 1961-66), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • 1895-02-06 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31; Boston RS, NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1895-09-10 George 'High Pockets' Kelly, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (World Series 1921, 22; NL HR leader 1921; NY Giants), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1984)

Rogers Hornsby

1896-04-27 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)

  • 1899-11-11 Pie Traynor, American Baseball HOF 3rd baseman (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager (Pittsburgh Pirates 1934–39), born in Framingham, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1900-04-26 (Lewis) "Hack" Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, 1923-34, MLB single season record 191 RBI (1930) (Chicago Cubs and 3 other teams), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1900-10-16 Goose Goslin, American Baseball HOF left fielder (World Series 1924 Washington Sens, 1935 Detroit Tigers; AL batting champion 1928; MLB All Star 1936), born in Salem, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1900-12-20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • 1901-03-31 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), born in Edgewater, Alabama (d. 1966)
  • 1903-02-12 Chick Hafey, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1926, 31 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1931; MLB All Star 1933), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • 1903-04-06 Mickey Cochrane, American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 35; World Series 1929, 30, 35; AL MVP 1928, 34; Philadelphia A's, Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1934–38), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • 1903-04-16 Paul Waner, American Baseball HOF right fielder (NL MVP 1927; NL batting champion 1927, 34, 36; MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Harrah, Oklahoma (d. 1965)
  • 1903-05-11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (6 x MLB All Star; World Series 1935; AL MVP & batting champion 1937; Detroit Tigers), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)

Lou Gehrig

1903-06-19 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP; 7 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

Carl Hubbell

1903-06-22 Carl Hubbell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; NL MVP 1933, 36; NY Giants), born in Carthage, Missouri (d. 1988)

  • 1903-11-02 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • 1904-05-03 Red Ruffing, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1932, 36–39, 41; NY Yankees), born in Granville, Illinois (d. 1986)

Chuck Klein

1904-10-07 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933; MLB All-Star 1933, 34; NL MVP 1932; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)

  • 1905-10-12 Rick Ferrell, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1905-11-21 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1906-03-16 Lloyd Waner, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB All Star 1938; batting average over .300 x 10; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Harrah, Oklahoma (d. 1982)

Satchel Paige

1906-07-07 Satchel Paige, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 x Negro League, 2 x MLB All Star; World Series 1948 Cleveland Indians), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)

Leo Durocher

1906-07-27 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34 (NY Yankees, St.Louis Cardinals, and 2 other teams), manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants), and coach (World Series 1963 LA Dodgers), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1991)

  • 1907-04-02 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (7 x MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1907-06-06 Bill Dickey, American Baseball HOF catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 7 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), born in Bastrop, Louisiana (d. 1993)

Jimmie Foxx

1907-10-22 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball HOF first baseman (9 x MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933; Philadelphia A's, Boston RS), born in Sudlersville, Maryland (d. 1967)

  • 1909-03-02 Mel Ott, American Baseball HOF right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader; NY Giants), born in Gretna, Louisiana (d. 1958)
  • 1909-07-07 Billy Herman, American baseball hall of fame second baseman and manager (Dodgers, Cubs), born in New Albany, Indiana (d. 1992)

Hank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, NY (d. 1986)

  • 1911-12-01 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), born in Venice, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1912-03-09 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), born in Clifty, Arkansas (d. 1952)
  • 1913-01-07 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), born in Demorest, Georgia (d. 1993)
  • 1914-03-01 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)

Joe DiMaggio

1914-11-25 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (13 × MLB All-Star; 9 x World Series; 3 x AL MVP; MLB record 56-game hitting streak; NY Yankees), born in Martinez, California (d. 1999)

  • 1915-04-02 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1917-02-01 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), born in Ujiyamada, Mie Prefecture, Japan (d. 1944)
  • 1917-10-25 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1918-04-07 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), born in Junction City, Oregon (d. 2017)

Bob Feller

1918-11-03 Bob Feller, American Baseball HOF pitcher (8 x MLB All Star; AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games; Cleveland Indians), born in Van Meter, Iowa (d. 2010)

  • 1919-02-25 Monty Irvin, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 x NgL All-Star, NgL World Series 1946 Newark Eagles; MLB All-Star 1952, World Series 1954 NY Giants), born in Haleburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1920-01-06 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cy Young Award 1959 Chicago WS; MLB wins leader 1954, 59; 9 x MLB All Star; Cleveland Indians), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1920-09-22 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago White Sox; World Series NY Yankees 1978), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 2000)

Stan Musial

1920-11-21 Stan Musial, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), born in Donora, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

Warren Spahn

1921-04-23 Warren Spahn, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (17 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; Cy Young Award 1957; 8 × NL wins leader; Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)

Roy Campanella

1921-11-19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951, 53, 55; World Series 1955; 8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1922-10-27 Ralph Kiner, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL home run leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Santa Rita, New Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1923-02-02 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1924-04-02 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), born in Veracruz City, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • 1924-05-29 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 2013)
  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)

Yogi Berra

1925-05-12 Yogi Berra, American Baseball HOF catcher, coach and manager (18 x MLB All-Star; 13 x World Series; NY Yankees; AL MVP 1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)

  • 1926-09-19 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1926-09-30 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 x MLB All Star; won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 2010)

Richie Ashburn

1927-03-19 Richie Ashburn, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (6 × MLB All-Star; NL batting champion 1955, 58; Philadelphia Phillies) and sportscaster (Phillies TV 1963-71), born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Tommy Lasorda

1927-09-22 Tommy Lasorda, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1981, 88; NL Manager of the Year 1983, 88; LA Dodgers 1976-96), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 2021) [1]


Deaths in Sport

  • 1895-10-03 Harry Wright, English Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder and manager (established baseball's first fully professional team, Cincinnati Red Stockings 1869), dies of a lung ailment at 60
  • 1902-03-07 James "Pud" Galvin, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB's first 300-game winner; no-hitters 1880, 84; Buffalo Bisons), dies at 45
  • 1903-07-02 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1899; NL home run leader 1893, 96; 3 × NL RBI leader; Philadelphia Phillies), dies intoxicated falling into Niagara Falls at 35
  • 1909-02-04 John Clarkson, American Baseball HOF pitcher (Triple Crown 1889; no-hitter 1885; 3 × NL wins leader; 3 × NL strikeout leader; Chicago White Stockings, Boston Beaneaters), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • 1914-04-01 Rube Waddell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown, AL wins leader 1905; ERA leader 1900, 05; strikeout leader 1902–07; Philadelphia A's), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • 1914-11-02 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), dies from effects of sunstroke at 52
  • 1915-09-09 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball HOF pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; President, co-owner Chicago White Stockings; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), dies at 66
  • 1922-04-14 Cap Anson, American Baseball HOF first baseman (NL batting champion 1881, 88; 8 × NL RBI leader; Chicago White Stockings/Colts) and manager (Philadelphia A's, Chicago White Stockings/Colts, NY Giants), dies from a glandular ailment at 69
  • 1923-01-01 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history; NL batting champion 1897, 98 Baltimore Orioles), dies of tuberculosis at 50
  • 1924-05-16 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), dies at 75
  • 1925-03-04 John Montgomery Ward, American Baseball HOF pitcher (perfect game 1880; NL ERA leader 1878; NL strikeout leader & NL wins leader 1879; Providence Grays), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • 1925-10-07 Christy Mathewson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905, 21; Triple Crown 1905, 08; NL wins leader 1905, 07, 08, 10; 2 x no-hitters; NY Giants), dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • 1928-02-01 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (Baltimore Orioles) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1907-20), dies of meningitis at 58
  • 1929-09-25 Miller Huggins, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1923, 27, 28; 6 x AL pennants NY Yankees), dies of pyaemia at 51
  • 1929-11-14 Joe McGinnity, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905; 5 × NL wins leader; NL ERA leader 1904; Baltimore Orioles, NY Giants), dies at 58
  • 1931-01-04 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years), dies of a stomach illness at 73
  • 1931-11-06 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB wins leader 1902, 04 [41 wins], NY Highlanders), dies of heart attack at 57

Tim Keefe

1933-04-23 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), dies at 76

  • 1934-02-25 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • 1935-07-02 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, umpire, manager (umpire 10 World Series), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 75
  • 1939-07-07 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), dies from heat stroke at 91

Lou Gehrig

1941-06-02 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP; 7 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disorder now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease at 37

  • 1943-01-03 Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), dies at 83
  • 1944-12-02 Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), dies in battle when his ship torpedoed, at 27
  • 1944-12-04 Roger Bresnahan, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder and manager (World Series 1905 NY Giants; St. Louis Cardinals; first shin guards and batting helmet), dies at 65

Walter Johnson

1946-12-10 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), dies from a brain tumour at 59

Babe Ruth

1948-08-16 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31; Boston RS, NY Yankees), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

  • 1948-11-23 (Lewis) "Hack" Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, 1923-34, MLB single season record 191 RBI (1930) (Chicago Cubs and 3 other teams), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48

Eddie Collins

1951-03-25 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago White Sox), dies of heart problems at 63

  • 1951-07-09 Harry Heilmann, American Baseball HOF outfielder (4 × AL batting champion, Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (WXYZ), dies from lung cancer at 56
  • 1952-08-30 Arky Vaughn, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All-Star 1934–42; NL batting champion 1935; NL stolen base leader 1943), drowns whilst fishing at 40
  • 1953-01-24 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (Indianapolis ABCs) and manager (Washington Potomacs, Baltimore Black Sox), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1953-05-27 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years; Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos/Cardinals), dies at 84
  • 1954-03-12 Bob Quinn, American MLB executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1923–33; part owner Boston Braves 1936–45; President National Baseball Hall of Fame 1948–51), dies at 84
  • 1954-05-22 Charles "Chief" Bender, American Baseball HOF pitcher (only indigenous American in BHOF; World Series 1910, 11, 13; no-hitter 1910; Philadelphia A's), dies at 70

Cy Young

1955-11-04 Cy Young, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cleveland Spiders, Boston Americans; most wins in MLB history 511), dies of a heart attack at 88

Honus Wagner

1955-12-06 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8 x NL batting champion; 5 × NL RBI / stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 81

Connie Mack

1956-02-08 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), dies at 93

Chuck Klein

1958-03-28 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933; MLB All-Star 1933, 34; NL MVP 1932; Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53

  • 1958-11-21 Mel Ott, American Baseball HOF right fielder and manager (12 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; 6 × NL home run leader; NY Giants), dies of injuries sustained in an auto accident at 49

Tris Speaker

1958-12-08 Tris Speaker, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1912, 15, 20; AL MVP 1912; career batting average .345 [6th all-time]; Cleveland Indians) and manager (Cleveland Indians 1919-26), dies at 70

  • 1959-05-26 Ed Walsh, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), dies at 78
  • 1960-08-14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), dies at 87
  • 1960-11-03 Bobby Wallace, Baseball HOF shortstop, pitcher (Temple Cup 1895 Cleveland Spiders) and manager (St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 86

Ty Cobb

1961-07-17 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), dies of cancer at 74

  • 1962-06-28 Mickey Cochrane, American Baseball HOF catcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 35; World Series 1929, 30, 35; AL MVP 1928, 34; Philadelphia A's, Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1934–38), dies of lymphatic cancer at 59

Rogers Hornsby

1963-01-05 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66

  • 1963-06-28 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball HOF third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia A's), dies at 77
  • 1965-08-29 Paul Waner, American Baseball HOF right fielder (NL MVP 1927; NL batting champion 1927, 34, 36; MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 62
  • 1966-07-09 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), dies of cancer at 65

Jimmie Foxx

1967-07-21 Jimmie Foxx, American Baseball HOF first baseman (9 x MLB All Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL MVP 1932, 33, 38; Triple Crown 1933; Philadelphia A's, Boston RS), dies after choking on food at 59

  • 1970-05-19 Ray Schalk, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago White Sox 1927-28), dies from cancer at 78
  • 1972-03-11 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 1972-03-16 Pie Traynor, American Baseball HOF 3rd baseman (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; World Series 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager (Pittsburgh Pirates 1934–39), dies at 72
  • 1972-08-13 George Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60, 7 x World Series; NY Mets President 1961-66), dies at 78
  • 1972-12-20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72

Roberto Clemente

1972-12-31 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies in a plane crash at 38

  • 1973-07-02 Chick Hafey, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1926, 31 St. Louis Cardinals; NL batting champion 1931; MLB All Star 1933), dies at 70

Casey Stengel

1975-09-29 Casey Stengel, American Baseball HOF outfielder (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (7 x World Series NY Yankees; NY Mets 1st manager), dies of cancer at 85

  • 1975-10-01 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • 1975-12-01 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • 1976-05-30 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 86
  • 1977-10-17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • 1978-01-13 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 96
  • 1980-06-01 Rube Marquard, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL wins leader 1912; NL strikeout leader 1911; no-hitter 1915; NY Giants), dies at 93
  • 1981-10-04 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), dies at 75

Satchel Paige

1982-06-08 Satchel Paige, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 x Negro League, 2 x MLB All Star; World Series 1948 Cleveland Indians), dies of a heart attack at 75

  • 1982-07-22 Lloyd Waner, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB All Star 1938; batting average over .300 x 10; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from emphysema at 76
  • 1984-10-01 Walter Alston, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies from heart attack complications at 72
  • 1984-10-13 George 'High Pockets' Kelly, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (World Series 1921, 22; NL HR leader 1921; NY Giants), dies from a stroke at 89
  • 1986-02-17 Red Ruffing, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1932, 36–39, 41; NY Yankees), dies from stroke related problems at 80

Hank Greenberg

1986-09-04 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

  • 1987-07-27 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83

Carl Hubbell

1988-11-21 Carl Hubbell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1933; NL MVP 1933, 36; NY Giants), dies at 85

  • 1991-01-03 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7 x MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83

Leo Durocher

1991-10-07 Leo Durocher, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (MLB All Star 1936, 38, 40; World Series 1928, 34 (NY Yankees, St.Louis Cardinals, and 2 other teams), manager (World Series 1954 NY Giants), and coach (World Series 1963 LA Dodgers), dies at 86

  • 1992-09-05 Billy Herman, American baseball hall of fame second baseman and manager (Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 83
  • 1993-01-21 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (6 x MLB All Star; World Series 1935; AL MVP & batting champion 1937; Detroit Tigers), dies at 89
  • 1993-06-02 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), dies of cardiac arrest at 80

Roy Campanella

1993-06-26 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951, 53, 55; World Series 1955; 8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

Don Drysdale

1993-07-03 Don Drysdale, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1959, 63, 65; 9 x MLB All Star; Cy Young Award 1962; Brooklyn/LA Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 56

  • 1993-11-12 Bill Dickey, American Baseball HOF catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; 7 × World Series; NY Yankees) and manager (NY Yankees), dies at 86
  • 1995-07-27 Rick Ferrell, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), dies of arrhythmia at 89

Mickey Mantle

1995-08-13 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), dies of liver cancer at 63

  • 1995-12-27 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80

Richie Ashburn

1997-09-09 Richie Ashburn, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (6 × MLB All-Star; NL batting champion 1955, 58; Philadelphia Phillies) and sportscaster (Phillies TV 1963-71), dies of a heart attack at 70

  • 1998-02-18 Harry Caray, American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster (Chicago Cubs), dies of heart attack complications at 83

Joe DiMaggio

1999-03-08 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (13 × MLB All-Star; 9 x World Series; 3 x AL MVP; MLB record 56-game hitting streak; NY Yankees), dies of lung cancer at 84

  • 1999-04-04 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Cy Young Award 1959 Chicago WS; MLB wins leader 1954, 59; 9 x MLB All Star; Cleveland Indians), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 1999-09-09 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • 2000-01-11 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948, White Sox; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago White Sox; World Series NY Yankees 1978), dies at 79

Willie Stargell

2001-04-09 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7 x MLB All Star; World Series 1971, 79 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 61

Ted Williams

2002-07-05 Ted Williams, American Baseball HOF outfielder (last player to bat over .400 in single season; 19 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1946, 49; Triple Crown 1942, 47 Boston Red Sox), dies at 84

  • 2003-06-18 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), dies of cancer at 79

Warren Spahn

2003-11-24 Warren Spahn, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (17 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; Cy Young Award 1957; 8 × NL wins leader; Boston/Milwaukee Braves), dies at 82

  • 2004-10-26 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • 2010-05-06 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 x MLB All Star; won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 83
  • 2010-12-02 Ron Santo, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (9-time MLB All Star; 5-time Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs), dies from bladder cancer at 70

Bob Feller

2010-12-15 Bob Feller, American Baseball HOF pitcher (8 x MLB All Star; AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games; Cleveland Indians), dies from leukemia at 92

  • 2011-02-27 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), dies at 84

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