About 28,000 fans welcomed BBWAA elective Mike Schmidt and Veteran's Committee selections Leon Day, Richie Ashburn, Vic Willis and William Hulbert to the Hall of Fame on July 30, 1995. Bob Wolff was given the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence. Joseph Durso of the New York Times was presented with the J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. A then-record 530 media credentials were issued for the Induction.
MIKE SCHMIDT: Schmidt captured 96.5 percent of the BBWAA's 460 ballots in his first year of eligibility. Utilizing a rare combination of power and defense to become one of the best third basemen in baseball history, Schmidt smashed 548 home runs during an 18-year career. He belted 40 home runs or more in three separate seasons and hit 30 or more home runs 10 other times. His 48 home runs during the 1980 season established a Major League record for third basemen. In a game against the Chicago Cubs in 1976, Schmidt hit home runs in four consecutive at bats. The 12-time All-Star was a three-time National League MVP, won 10 Gold Gloves and was named The Sporting News Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
LEON DAY: Inducted by the Veterans' Committee, Day was a Negro League star as a member of the Newark Eagles in the late 1930s and 1940s. He possessed a dominating fastball and a wicked curve and set a Negro National League record by striking out 18 batters in a single game. Day was a versatile player, playing second base or outfield when he was not on the mound. He spent two years pitching on integrated Army teams during World War II, and in his first game back with the Eagles in 1946, he tossed a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Stars.
VIC WILLIS: Selected by the Veterans' Committee, Willis was a workhorse who used a sweeping curve to win 249 games in just 13 big league seasons. He pitched for Boston, Pittsburgh and St. Louis, winning a World Series title with the Pirates in 1909. Willis hurled 50 shutouts, completed 388 of his 471 career starts and compiled a 2.63 lifetime ERA. His 45 complete games in 1902 are the most in National League history since 1900, and he pitched the final no-hitter of the 19th century on Aug. 7, 1899.
RICHIE ASHBURN: A Veterans' Committee selection, Ashburn was a clutch hitter and solid fielder during his career, playing mostly for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was a lifetime .308 hitter and eclipsed the .300 mark in nine of his 15 seasons. Ashburn amassed 2,574 hits, twice captured the National League batting title and was selected to five All-Star teams. Ashburn quickly moved to the broadcast booth following his playing days and called Phillies games for more than three decades.
WILLIAM HULBERT: The Veterans' Committed elected Hulbert, who founded the National League alongside Albert Spalding in 1876. He was elected National League president later that year and is credited with establishing respectability, integrity and a sound foundation for the new league with his relentless opposition to betting, rowdiness and other prevalent abuses that threatened the sport.