1976 Induction Ceremony

The Hall of Fame saw its membership grow by six on August 9, 1976 as the induction ceremony had to be moved indoors to a ballroom at the Otesaga Hotel due to rain. The BBWAA elected Bob Lemon and Robin Roberts; the Veterans Committee elected Fred Lindstrom, Cal Hubbard and Roger Connor; and the Negro Leagues Committee elected Oscar Charleston. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing was shared by Washington Post writer Shirley Povich and Tom Meany, who wrote for numerous newspapers in New York.

Robin Roberts and Bob Lemon were elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 1976. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)BOB LEMON: Elected to the Hall of Fame in his 12th year of eligibility, Lemon was named on 78.6 percent of ballots cast. He played his entire 15 year career with the Cleveland Indians and 20 or more games seven times. He led the league with 23 in 1950 and 1954 and with 18 in 1955. A seven-time All-Star, Lemon finished in the top 10 of the American League MVP voting six times. He helped the Indians to two AL pennants and the 1948 World Series title, a series in which won two games, pitched 16 1/3 innings and allowed just three earned runs. Lemon won 207 games and posted a 3.23 career ERA. After he retired, Lemon compiled 833 years as a manager and managed the New York Yankees to the 1978 World Series championship.

ROBIN ROBERTS: Roberts was named on 86.9 percent of the ballots cast in his fourth year of eligibility after a 19 year big league career. He spent the first 14 years of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies before bouncing around to the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. A winner of 15 or more games ten times, Roberts gave up 505 home runs in his career, second most all-time. He led the league in longballs allowed five times and famously said the Hall of Fame told him there was not enough room for everyone that hit a home run against him to attend the induction ceremony. Roberts was a seven-time All-Star and pitched in the World Series just once – in 1950, when the Phillies fell to the New York Yankees. He retired with 286 wins, a 3.41 ERA and 2,357 strikeouts.

ROGER CONNOR: A selection of the Veterans Committee, Connor was Major League Baseball’s home run leader with 138 until Babe Ruth came along. He hit ten or more home runs seven times, collected 10 or more triples 11 times and hit better than .300 in 12 seasons. Connor was the first player to hit an over-the-wall home run at the Polo Grounds and retired with a .325 batting average.

CAL HUBBARD: Elected by the Veterans Committee Hubbard was a dedicated and authoritative umpire who was respected for his imposing size, keen ability and unusual 20-10 vision. After eight years in the minors, he reached the American League in 1936. He excelled for 16 seasons in the big leagues, umpiring in four World Series and three All-Star games, before a hunting accident led to his premature retirement. Hubbard, who played on four NFL Championship teams, was the first person elected to three national sports shrines, having previously been honored by the college and professional football halls of fame.

FRED LINDSTROM: Having entered the big leagues at age 18, Lindstrom was done playing baseball by the time he hit 30. Selected by the Veterans Committee, he hit over .300 seven times and twice collected 231 hits. Lindstrom became the youngest player to appear in a World Series game with the New York Giants in 1924, although his team fell to the Washington Senators. In 13 seasons with the Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Dodgers, he hit .311 with 103 home runs and 779 RBI.

OSCAR CHARLESTON: Elected by the Negro Leagues Committee, Oscar Charleston was renowned by those who saw him play as the finest all-around player in Negro league history. A barrel-chested, left-handed hitter, the fiery Charleston hit for both average and power while revolutionizing defensive play in center field. His blazing speed, aggressiveness on the basepaths and focused intensity led many to compare him to Ty Cobb. In 60 league games in 1921, he batted .434 while leading the Negro National League in doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases.