1949 Induction Ceremony

Leading the way for the 1949 Hall of Fame induction class was Charlie Gehringer, long time second basemen for the Detroit Tigers, who collected 85.3% of the votes on the ballot becoming the only inductee chosen by the BBWAA.  Pitchers, Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown and Kid Nichols join Gehringer as the other two inductees to the Hall of Fame class of 1949 through Veterans’ Committee vote. The class was inducted on June 13, 1949.

MORDECAI BROWN:  A rival of Christy Mathewson during the early 20th Century, Brown won 239 games primarily with the Chicago Cubs where he led his team to four National League pennants and two World Series Championships.  Known as Three Finger Brown after a farm-machinery accident, he went on to collect six 20-win seasons with an incredible winning percentage of .648.  He is the first major leaguer to post four consecutive shutouts when he did so on June 13, June 25, July 2, and July 4 in 1908.

CHARLIE GEHRINGER:  As consistent of a baseball player as they come, Gehringer was dubbed the nickname “The Mechanical Man” as he hit for a lifetime average of .320 while totaling 200 or more hits in seven seasons.  A second basemen for the Detroit Tigers for 17 seasons, he led the American League with a .371 batting average in 1937 en route to a Most Valuable Player award.  Gehringer led the Tigers to three American League pennants and also appeared in the first six All-Star Games where he holds the record for the highest batting average in All-Star Games with a .500 batting mark in 20 career trips to the batter’s box.

Kid Nichols was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)KID NICHOLS:  A pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters for 12 seasons during his 15-year career, Nichols is seventh on the all-time wins list for pitchers with 360 victories on the mound.  He totaled 30 or more wins in seven seasons and was able to reach 20 or more wins in ten consecutive seasons.  Leading the league in wins for three straight seasons, Nichols went on to complete all but thirty games in his career, finishing 531 out of 561 games.  In his years with Boston, he was able to lead his team to five league championships.