Past Ceremonies

Members of the Hall of Fame's class of '75 poses with their plaques. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)The New York Times described the weather as “perfect” when the Hall of Fame enshrined five new members on August 18, 1975. BBWAA selection Ralph Kiner was inducted along with Veterans Committee choices...

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...

Ernie Banks was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Ernie Banks was elected by the BBWAA, three players by the Veterans Committee and two by the Committee on Negro League Baseball for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on August 8, 1977. The Veterans Committee honored...

Eddie Mathews, Larry MacPhail and Addie Joss were enshrined in Cooperstown on August 7, 1978 in front of 22 previous inductees. The first Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence was awarded and it was shared by two New York voices: the Yankees’ Mel Allen and the Dodgers’ Red Barber....

Willie Mays, elected by the BBWAA, and Hack Wilson and former National League President Warren Giles, posthumously selected by the Veterans Committee, were inducted into the Hall of Fame on August 5, 1979. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing was shared by New York columnist Dick Young...

From left: Al Kaline, Duke Snider, Tom Yawkey's widow, Jean, and Chuck Klein's nephew, Robert, at the 1980 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)On August 3, 1980, the BBWAA inducted Al Kaline and Duke Snider, while the Veterans Committee selected...

Bob Gibson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Rube Foster, Bob Gibson and Johnny Mize were enshrined on August 2, 1981 in front of 21 of the living Hall of Famers and 3,000...

The BBWAA inducted a pair of first year eligible players with over 1,300 home runs between them on August 1, 1982. Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson were enshrined along with Veterans Committee selections Happy Chandler and Travis Jackson in front of 24 returning Hall of Famers. The J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing was shared by the late...

From left: George Kell, Juan Marichal and Brooks Robinson were inducted in 1983 in front of the largest crowd to attend an induction since 1939. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)In front of the largest crowd to attend an induction ceremony since 1939, Juan Marichal, Brooks...

Clockwise from left: Harmon Killebrew, Don Drysdale, Luis Aparicio, Rick Ferrell and Pee Wee Reese at the 1984 induction ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)In Commissioner Bowie Kuhn’s final induction, 28 previously Hall of Famers along with approximately 5,000 fans turned out on August 12, 1984. The BBWAA selected Luis Aparicio...