Outfielder Sam Crawford and manager Joe McCarthy were enshrined on July 22, 1957. Both inductees were voted in by the Veterans Committee. Crawford, 77-years-old at the time of his induction, shortened his speech and sat down with tears in his eyes. Living Hall of Famers in attendance included Ty Cobb, Ray Schalk, Frank Baker, Frank Frisch and Carl Hubbell, as well as the widows of Roger Bresnahan, Lou Gehrig and Christy Matthewson.
JOE MCCARTHY: Selected by the Veterans Committee, McCarthy managed the Chicago Cubs for five years before moving to the New York Yankees for 16 seasons and finally retiring after three years with the Boston Red Sox. Fifteen of his 24 teams won 90 or more games, including topping 100 six times. McCarthy’s team won nine pennants and four World Championships in a row (1936-1939). His .614 winning percentage is first all-time. McCarthy died in Buffalo, NY in 1978