1961 Induction Ceremony

The only two players enshrined on July 24, 1961 were Veterans Committee selections Max Carey and Billy Hamilton, who was inducted posthumously and represented by his three daughters. Commissioner Ford Frick introduced the five Hall of Famers who returned for the ceremony: Frank Baker, Joe Cronin, Joe McCarthy, Ray Schalk and Bill Terry.

BILLY HAMILTON: Another headache on the basepathes, Hamilton retired as the career leader in stolen bases with 914, a record that stood until Lou Brock broke it in 1978. Hamilton 14 seasons in the big leagues with the Kansas City Cowboys, Philadelphia Phillies and Boston Beaneaters and was elected by the Veterans Committee. He topped the .300 mark 12 straight times, hitting a career-high .403 in 1894. One of three players whose runs scored total is higher than his total games played, Hamilton crossed home plate 1,691 times in 1,578 games. His career .344 batting average in seventh all-time. Hamilton died in Massachusetts in 1940.

Max Carey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)MAX CAREY: A 20-year veteran with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers, Carey, the New York Times argued, may have been a better baserunner than Ty Cobb. Carey led the National League in stolen bases 10 times, swiping a career-high 63 bases in 1916. He almost put together a perfect year on the basepathes in 1922, when he stole 51 bases and was caught just twice. Carey also hit over .300 six times and led the league in triples in 1914 and 1923. He had his best season offensively in 1925, hitting .343 with 13 triples, 109 runs scored and 46 stolen bases. Carey is the Pirates all-time leader in stolen bases with 688 in a Pittsburgh uniform. His 738 career stolen bases still rank ninth in baseball history, and Carey retired with a .285 batting average to go with 159 triples. He died in Miami in 1976.