One-thousand four hundred and five career home runs were inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 23, 1951, as Jimmie Foxx and Mel Ott were enshrined. Foxx and Ott were the first players to enter the Hall of Fame since Charlie Gehringer in 1949.
MEL OTT: Ott was named on 87.2 percent of the ballots cast in his third year of eligibility after a 22 year career with the New York Giants. Appearing the in majors for the first time at age 17 in 1926, he hit 30 or more home runs eight times and was named to 11 all-star games. The Giants won three National League pennants under Ott’s watch, beating the Washington Senators in the 1933 World Series. He led the league in walks six times and in on-base percentage four times on his way to retiring as the all-time N.L. home run leader with 511. Ott hit .304 in his career with 1,860 runs batted in.
JIMMIE FOXX: Named on 79.2 percent of ballots cast in his seventh year on the ballot, Foxx played 20 seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies. He enjoyed a remarkable run of team and individual success for 10 years. Foxx helped the Athletics to three straight American League pennants from ’29-’31, including two World Series titles. In 1932 and 1933 he won back-to-back A.L. MVP Awards, hitting .364 with 58 home runs and 169 RBI in ’32 and going .356-48-163 on his way to the Triple Crown. After moving to Boston, Foxx again won the MVP Award when he hit .349 with 50 home runs and 175 RBI, tied for the fourth highest single season total of all-time. The second player to join the 500 home run club, he hit .325 for his career with 534 home runs and drove in more than 100 runs in 13 consecutive seasons.