Past Ceremonies

Pud Galvin's family accepted his plaque at the induction ceremony in 1965. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)Veterans Committee selection Pud Galvin was the lone inductee on July 26, 1965 in front of 22 of the 30 living Hall of Famers. Galvin, who became the 102nd member of the Hall of Fame, was inducted posthumously and his son Walter...

Ted Williams was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Ted Williams and Casey Stengel were enshrined in front of 7,000 fans on July 25, 1966. Williams was the lone BBWAA inductee and received a then-record 93.4 percent of the votes, while...

Red Ruffing was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)The late Branch Rickey, Lloyd Waner and Red Ruffing were enshrined on July 23, 1967 in the last Hall of Fame induction ceremony to take place on the...

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...

Commissioner Bowie Kuhn posed with the Hall of Fame class of '69 after the induction ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)The Hall of Fame’s membership grew to 114 on gray, wet day in Cooperstown on July 28, 1969. Roy Campanella, Stan Musial, Waite Hoyt and...

The Hall of Fame class of 1970 poses with commissioner Bowie Kuhn on induction day. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)BBWAA inductee Lou Boudreau was enshrined with three Veterans Committee selections on July 27, 1970 in front of fans that included a contingent of more than 100, which called itself Boudreau’s buddies. The Veterans Committee picks...

Satchel Paige headlined the '71 Hall of Fame class as the first player inducted by the Negro Leagues Committee. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Four inductees were present at the August 9, 1971 induction ceremony: Satchel Paige, Chick Hafey, ...

Yogi Berra was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his second year of eligibility. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)The Hall of Fame’s membership grew by eight on August 7, 1972, as BBWAA selections Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra and ...

The 1973 Hall of Fame inductees with commissioner Bowie Kuhn. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)The Hall of Fame waived the five year waiting period for induction, as Roberto Clemente was posthumously enshrined after dying in a plane crash in the off-season while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua....

BBWAA selections Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford at the 1974 induction ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Before a then-record crowd of 2,500 fans and 21 previously inducted Hall of Famers, Whitey Ford and Mickey Mantle were elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.  Enshrined at...