Zack Wheat was elected by the Veterans Committee and was the only player inducted on July 20, 1959. The BBWAA failed to induct anyone. In his speech, Wheat called the induction ceremony “one of the greatest moments of (his) life.”
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On August 1, 1957, slugging first baseman Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers sets a new National League record with his 13th career grand slam. The slam is also the last in the history of the Brooklyn franchise, which will relocate to Los Angeles after the season.