1968 Induction Ceremony

Joe Medwick was the lone BBWAA inductee in 1968. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)The Hall of Fame induction ceremony moved from the front steps on Main Street, to the steps of the newly-constructed Hall of Fame Library for the first time on July 22, 1968. Joe Medwick, the lone BBWAA inductee, was enshrined with Veterans Committee selections Kiki Cuyler and Goose Goslin, who choked up and had to cut his speech short. Damon Runyan, who covered the New York Giants for the New York American from 1911-1920 received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

JOE MEDWICK: After nine years of Hall of Fame eligibility, Medwick was named on 84.8 percent of ballots to earn induction. He played 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Boston Braves. A leader of the Gashouse Gang Cardinals of the 1930s, Medwick helped the Redbirds to the 1934 World Series title over the Detroit Tigers. He won the Triple Crown posted one of the baseball’s best single seasons to date in 1937, leading the National League in at-bats (633), runs (111), hits (237), doubles (56), home runs (31), RBI (154) and batting average (.374) on his way to MVP honors. Medwick retired with a .324 career average, 205 home runs and 1,383 RBI.

KIKI CUYLER: A Veterans Committee selection, Cuyler played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers in 18 seasons. He ten times batted over .300 and led the National League in stolen bases four times. Cuyler had a career season in 1925, hitting .357 with 18 home runs and 102 RBI. He led the league with 144 runs scored, 26 triples and finished second in the N.L. MVP voting. Cuyler topped off the ’25 season by driving in the winning run for in the Pirates in the World Series off of the Washington Senators’ Walter Johnson. It was the only World Series win for Cuyler, who lost in the Fall Classic as a member of the Cubs in 1929 and 1932. He retired after the 1938 season with a .321 average, 128 home runs, 1,065 RBI, 157 triples and 328 steals.

Goose Goslin hit over .300 11 times in his Hall of Fame career. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)GOOSE GOSLIN: A veteran outfielder of 18 major league seasons with the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers, Goslin is the only man to play in all 19 World Series games in Senators history. He led Washington to three American League pennants (1924, 1925, 1933) and the 1924 World Series title. While with the Tigers he played in two more Fall Classics, winning in 1935. He batted .300 or better and drove in 100 or more runs 11 times each, while garnering a top-10 finish in MVP voting three times. Golsin retired with a .316 average, 248 home runs and 1,609 RBI.