Past Ceremonies

Patricia Johnson, Hoyt Wilhelm, Enos Slaughter and Lou Brock pose with their plaques at Hall of Fame Weekend 1985. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Commissioner Peter Ueberroth participated in his first induction on July 28, 1985 amid the threat of a strike that never happened. The BBWAA selections were Lou Brock and...

Willie McCovey was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)The only BBWAA inductee on August 3, 1986 was Willie McCovey, who was enshrined along with Veterans Committee selections Bobby Doerr and the late...

Catfish Hunter was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his third try on the ballot. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Twenty-five Hall of Famers returned to Cooperstown for the induction of BBWAA selections Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams, and Veterans Committee selection...

Willie Stargell became the 200th member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and just the 17th player elected in his first year of eligibility on July 31, 1988. Twenty-five Hall of Famers returned for the first induction since 1956 in which the Veterans Committee failed to induct anybody. Former New York Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson received the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for...

Red Schoendienst, Al Barlick, Carl Yastrzemski and Johnny Bench at the 1989 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Twenty-five thousand fans shut down Main Street on July 23, 1989 to see the 50th induction class in Hall of Fame history. Along with the fans, 26 living Hall of Famers returned to see BBWAA selections Johnny...

Jim Palmer was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990In their first appearances on the ballot, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer and Cincinnati Reds second baseman Joe Morgan were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Former Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster...

First-ballot nominee Rod Carew joined Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Tony Lazzeri and Bill Veeck as the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed five new members on July 21, 1991. More than 5,000 fans and 31 Hall of Famers viewed the ceremony in Cooperstown. NBC announcer and former major league catcher...

From left: Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers and Hal Newhouser were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers headlined the 1992 Hall of Fame class, in a year that saw the Aug. 2 ceremony move to a field adjacent...

Reggie Jackson was the only inductee in 1993. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Chants of “Reg-gie! Reg-gie!” greeted Reggie Jackson as the only inductee at the 1993 Hall of Fame induction on Aug. 1. Nearly 10,000 fans and 38 living Hall of Famers watched as Mr. October became the 216th member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Longtime Baltimore Orioles...

"Lefty" was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Some 15,000 fans gathered on July 31, 1994 to watch as the Hall of Fame greeted BBWAA elective Steve Carlton and Veteran’s Committee selections Leo Durocher and...