1957 Induction Ceremony

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 and Sam Crawford were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)SAM CRAWFORD: A veteran of 19 major league seasons spent primarily with the Detroit Tigers, Crawford teamed with Ty Cobb to lead Detroit to three straight American League pennants from 1907-1909. Crawford’s 312 career triples are the most all-time (Cobb is second) and he led the league six times with a career-high of 26 in 1914. He also produced hundreds of runs and terrorized the basepathes. Crawford scored 100 or more runs three times, drove in 100-plus six times and stole 367 bases in his career. In 1914 he finished second to Eddie Collins in A.L. MVP voting after hitting .314 with eight home runs, 104 RBI, 26 triples and 25 stolen bases. Crawford retired with a .309 and 2,964 hits. He died in Hollywood in 1968.

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