Past Ceremonies

BBWAA inductees Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons were enshrined along with six Veterans Committee selections on July 27, 1953. The Veterans Committee voted in players Chief Bender and Bobby Wallace, executives Ed Barrow and Harry Wright and umpires...

BBWAA inductees Bill Dickey, Bill Terry and Rabbit Maranville were enshrined on August 9, 1954. Maranville’s plaque was accepted by his widow, in front of a crowd in which only two Hall of Famers were present: Cy Young and Dizzy Dean. Columbia baseball coach Andy Coakley presented a citation in memory of Eddie Collins and Lou Gehrig at the ceremony.

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One of the larger classes of the time was inducted on July 25, 1955, as the Hall of Fame welcomed BBWAA inductees Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance and Veterans Committee picks Frank “Home Run” Baker and Ray Schalk. In the biggest induction ceremony...

The Hall of Fame’s membership grew to 81 on July 23, 1956 when the BBWAA elected Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin. Under cloudy skies on the front steps of the Hall of Fame and Museum, Commissioner Ford Frick introduced the inductees who both mentioned John McGraw, who was seated onstage, in their speeches.

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Outfielder Sam Crawford and manager Joe McCarthy were enshrined on July 22, 1957. Both inductees were voted in by the Veterans Committee. Crawford, 77-years-old at the time of his induction, shortened his speech and sat down with tears in his eyes. Living Hall of Famers in attendance included Ty Cobb, Ray Schalk, Frank Baker, Frank Frisch and Carl Hubbell, as well as the widows of Roger Bresnahan, Lou Gehrig and Christy Matthewson.

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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.”

Zack Wheat was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1959. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)ZACK...

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...

First ballot Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller were enshrined along with Veterans Committee selections Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie on July 23, 1962. The Hall of Fame’s membership reached 90 in a 38 minute ceremony before of an audience of more 10,...

The Hall of Fame’s membership increased by four to 94, as John Clarkson, Elmer Flick, Sam Rice and Eppa Rixey were elected by the Veterans Committee. At this point in time, the BBWAA only voted every other year and did not vote in 1963. Rice and Flick were on hand to receive their plaques on August 4, 1963, while Clarkson and Rixey were posthumously inducted. Rixey died just five...

Seven new members were enshrined on July 27, 1964 at the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. A special election of the BBWAA resulted in the induction of Luke Appling, Red Faber, Heinie Manush and Burleigh Grimes, while the Veterans Committee elected Miller Huggins, ...