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 April 17, 1929, future Hall of Famer Babe Ruth marries actress Claire Hodgson in a ceremony that is held at five o’ clock in the morning. Playing the next day, the New York Yankees’ slugger hits a home run against Red Ruffing of the Boston Red Sox and tips his cap in the direction of Claire, who is seated in the stands.