Paul Waner and Harry Heilmann were enshrined on July 21, 1952, bringing the Hall of Fame’s membership to 62. Heilmann was inducted posthumously and was represented by his widow. Hall of Famers Cy Young and Charlie Gehringer, as well as Commissioner Ford Frick and Eastern League president Tommy Richardson who was there representing the minor leagues.
HARRY HEILMANN: Named on 86.8 percent of ballots cast in his 12th year on the ballot, Heilmann played 15 years for the Detroit Tigers before finishing his career with two years in Cincinnati. Pairing with Ty Cobb in the Tigers lineup, Heilmann led the league in batting four times including 1923 when he hit .403. His .342 batting average is third all-time among right-handed hitters, trailing only Rogers Hornsby and Ed Delahanty. Heilmann drove in more than 100 runs eight times and earned five top-10 finishes in the American League MVP voting. He retired in 1932 with 183 home runs and 1,539 RBI.
PAUL WANER: After 20 big league seasons spent primarily with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Waner was listed on 83.3 percent of ballots in his sixth year on the ballot. A member of the 3,000-hit club, “Big Poison” earned National League MVP honors in 1927, his second year in the big leagues. He paced the senior circuit with a .380 batting average, 237 hits and 131 RBI as the Pirates won the N.L. pennant. A four-time all-star, Waner hit above .300 his first 12 seasons and collected more than 200 hits eight times. He finished his career with stints in Brooklyn, Boston and New York. Waner hit .333 for his career with 113 home runs, 1,309 RBI and 3,152 hits.