1954 Induction Ceremony

BBWAA inductees Bill Dickey, Bill Terry and Rabbit Maranville were enshrined on August 9, 1954. Maranville’s plaque was accepted by his widow, in front of a crowd in which only two Hall of Famers were present: Cy Young and Dizzy Dean. Columbia baseball coach Andy Coakley presented a citation in memory of Eddie Collins and Lou Gehrig at the ceremony.

Bill Dickey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)BILL DICKEY: Elected in his ninth year on the ballot, Dickey was named on 80.2 percent of ballots cast. In 17 years spent entirely with the New York Yankees, he played in eight World Series and won seven of them. Dickey topped the .300 mark 11 times, made 11 all-star teams and garnered top five finished the American League MVP voting from 1936-1938. He hit .313 or higher, hit 22 or more home runs and drove in more than 107 runs in each of those seasons. Dickey never finished lower than fifth in the A.L. in caught stealing percentage and established an A.L. record by catching 100 or more games in 13 straight years. He retired with a .313 batting average, 202 home runs and 1,209 runs batted in.

RABBIT MARANVILLE: Named on 82.9 percent of ballots cast in his 14th year of eligibility, Maranville spent a 23 year career primarily with the Boston Braves. He also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Robbins and St. Louis Cardinals. Maranville is the all-time leader in putouts as a shortstop and ranks fifth in assists and ninth in games played at the position. He finished second in the National League MVP voting in 1914, when he hit .246 with four home runs and 78 RBI. He also led the league in outs made and assists that season. Maranville finished in the top 15 in MVP voting six other times and retired with a .258 batting average and 2,605 hits.

Bill Terry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library).BILL TERRY: Terry was named on 77.4 percent of ballots cast in his 14th year of eligibility. The last National Leaguer to hit .400, he played 14 seasons for the New York Giants, hitting .401 in 1930. Terry earned MVP honors that season, as he added 23 home runs and 129 RBI. A three-time all-star, he hit .320 or above in nine straight seasons, collected 200 or more hits six times and was named to the first three N.L. All-Star teams. Terry retired with a .341 batting average, a modern N.L. record for lefthanders, 154 home runs and 2,193 hits. After retiring, he became manager of the Giants, leading the team to three pennants and the 1933 World Series title.