Baseball Hall of Fame in History

Events in Sport

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

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1928-09-03 Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb got his 4,191th & final career hit

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

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1937-01-19 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 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

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1939-06-12 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY

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

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1945-01-10 No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

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1948-07-01 Brooklyn's future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella debuts with 3 hits in a 6-4 loss to the rival NY Giants

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 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

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1951-05-01 Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits his first career home run, on Mothers' Day

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 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
  • 1955-05-01 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter

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1956-01-26 Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

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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.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1963-01-27 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1963-07-13 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn, wins his 300th and last MLB game at 43

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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

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1964-02-17 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
  • 1965-01-31 Pud Galvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1967-01-29 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner 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
  • 1969-01-22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1969-02-02 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1970-02-01 Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to 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
  • 1971-08-09 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

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

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1973-01-24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1973-02-01 Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

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1973-08-06 Roberto Clemente & Warren Spahn inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

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

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1975-01-23 Ralph Kiner elected to baseball's 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

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1977-01-31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1978-01-19 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1978-01-30 Addie Joss & Larry MacPhail elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1979-01-23 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1979-03-07 Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1980-08-03 Kaline, Snider, Klein, and Tom Yawkey inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1981-01-15 Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1981-03-11 Johnny Mize & Rube Foster elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1982-06-08 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1984-03-04 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 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 L Brock, Enos Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1986-08-03 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr, and Ernie Lombardi inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 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
  • 1988-01-12 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1988-07-31 Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame

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1989-01-09 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1989-02-28 Red Schoendienst & Al Barlick elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1990-01-09 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991-02-26 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1992-01-07 Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

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1993-08-01 Reggie Jackson enshrined in Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1994-01-12 Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1994-02-25 Phil Rizzuto elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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1995-01-08 Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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1995-07-30 Richie Ashburn and Mike Schmidt enter baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1996-01-08 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1996-08-04 J Bunning, E Weaver, B Foster, and N Hanlon inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1998-01-06 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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2014-10-31 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 2015-01-06 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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2017-01-18 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 2018-06-13 Roger Connor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (career HR record 138 stood for 23 years), dies of a stomach illness at 73

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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)
  • 1861-07-01 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)

Person of interestCy Young

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

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1872-03-03 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1874-02-24 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), born in Chartiers Borough, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1880-07-27 Joseph Tinker, baseball Hall of Famer, 1/3 of fame double play combo
  • 1883-05-05 Charles "Chief "Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1887-11-06 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1888-07-01 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman/manager (Negro Leagues), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1953)
  • 1894-08-03 Harry Heilmann, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895-02-06 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1948)
  • 1899-11-11 Harold "Pie" Traynor, baseball hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates)
  • 1900-04-26 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1900-10-16 [Leon] Goose Goslin, baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928)
  • 1903-04-06 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • 1904-10-07 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1958)
  • 1905-10-12 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906-07-07 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1982)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911-01-01 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1914-11-25 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), born in Martinez, California (d. 1999)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 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)
  • 1918-10-30 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940), born in Van Meter, Iowa (d.2010)
  • 1919-02-25 Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
  • 1920-01-06 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1921-11-19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1923-02-02 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), born in Germantown, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1930-03-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), born in South Gate, California (d. 2018)

Person of interestMickey Mantle

1931-10-20 Mickey Mantle, American baseball hall of fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, NY Yankees), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1934-12-19 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestNolan Ryan

1947-01-31 Nolan Ryan, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Person of interestRickey Henderson

1958-12-25 Rickey Henderson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB stolen base record), born in Chicago, Illinois

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1966-05-01 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • 1967-10-13 Trevor Hoffman, American Baseball Hall of Fame closer (first pitcher to 500 & 600 saves milestone), born Bellflower, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1909-02-04 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • 1923-01-01 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), dies of tuberculosis at 50

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1946-12-10 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Person of interestBabe Ruth

1948-08-16 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, dies of Esophageal cancer 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1948-11-23 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • 1951-07-09 Harry Heilmann, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Det), dies at 56
  • 1953-01-24 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman/manager (Negro Leagues), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1954-05-22 Charles "Chief "Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70

Person of interestCy Young

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

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1955-12-06 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1958-03-28 Chuck Klein, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (Triple Crown 1933 Philadelphia Phillies), dies of a stroke at 53
  • 1962-06-28 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher, dies at 59
  • 1967-07-21 Jimmy Foxx, baseball hall of famer (Det Tigers/534 HRs), dies at 59
  • 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
  • 1981-10-04 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1986-09-04 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Person of interestRoy Campanella

1993-06-26 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a heart attack at 71

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1995-07-27 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, dies at 89

Person of interestMickey Mantle

1995-08-13 Mickey Mantle, American baseball hall of fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

1999-03-08 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1999-04-04 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 79

Person of interestTed Williams

2002-07-05 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 2010-12-15 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940), dies of leukemia at 92
  • 2012-11-08 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), dies at 95
  • 2017-11-13 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), dies at 99
  • 2018-01-13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • 2018-06-06 Red Schoendienst, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman/manager (10-time All Star), dies at 95