1947 Induction Ceremony

Two Philadelphia A’s and two New York Giants join the Hall of Fame in the induction class of 1947.  Teammates Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove of the three-time pennant winning Philadelphia A’s from 1929-1931 along with leading vote-getter Carl Hubbel and all-around second basemen, Frankie Frisch of the New York Giants complete the class.

MICKEY COCHRANE:  An extremely fierce competitor for the Philadelphia A’s and Detroit Tigers, Cochrane was a do-it-all catcher who led his team on and the off the field with his exceptional play and strong leadership.  He hit for a career average of .320 while leading Philadelphia to three straight pennants from 1929-1931 where he excelled at the plate, batting .331, .357, and .349 in each respective year.  After spending nine season with the Athletics, Cochrane finished his career as player-manager of the Detroit Tigers for four seasons where he won a World Series Championship in 1935. 

FRANK FRISCH: A superb second basemen who the New York Giants (1919-1926) and St. Louis Cardinals (1927-1937), Frisch was a top-notch athlete whose range in the field equaled his production in the batter’s box where he hit for an average of .300 or more in 11 straight seasons.  As player-manager for the Cardinals, Frisch led his team to a World Series in 1934.

LEFTY GROVE: A pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s from 1925-1933, Grove was the epitome of a number one pitcher.  In a three-year span from 1929-1931, Grove went an incredible 79-15 winning the pitcher’s Triple Crown in each of those seasons.  Grove went on to win 300 games in his career, an amazing feat for any pitcher and collected nine ERA titles, the greatest total in history.

CARL HUBBELL:  The leading vote-getter for 1947 with 87% on the ballot, Hubbell starred for the New York Giants where he averaged 23 wins a season in a leading role for the club’s three pennant wins in a five-year span.  He won two Most Valuable Player awards in those seasons, but is most known for his remarkable feat in the 1934 All-Star Game where he struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin in succession.