Past Ceremonies

Mike Schmidt and Richie Ashburn were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)About 28,000 fans welcomed BBWAA elective Mike Schmidt and Veteran's Committee selections Leon Day, Richie Ashburn...

For the first time since 1971 the BBWAA did not elect anyone, but a crowd of approximately 10,000 turned out to out see four Veterans Committee selections inducted on August 4, 1996. Jim Bunning, Bill Foster, Ned Hanlon and Earl Weaver made up the 58th induction class in Hall of Fame history....

Phil Niekro was elected by the BBWAA and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with Veterans Committee selections Nellie Fox, Tommy Lasorda and Willie Wells on August 3, 1997. Thirty-one of the living Hall of Famers returned as Charley Feeney was awarded...

Don Sutton was the lone inductee by the BBWAA and the Veterans Committee elected Larry Doby, the American League's first African-American player, Lee MacPhail, “Bullet” Joe Rogan and George Davis in front of 33 of living Hall of Famers on July 26, 1998....

The Hall of Fame inducted an unprecedented three first-time eligible candidates in George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount. Forty-one living Hall of Famers returned for the enshrinement of three first ballot selections and four selections by the Veterans Committee: Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak,...

A then-record 45 living Hall of Famers returned to Cooperstown on July 23, 2000 to see a Cincinnati heavy induction at the Clark Sports Center. First baseman Tony Perez was voted in by the BBWAA, manager Sparky Anderson by the Veterans Committee and Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman won the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence....

Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield along with Veterans Committee selections Bill Mazeroski and Hilton Smith were enshrined on August 5, 2001. Approximately 20,000 fans and 40 of the living Hall of Famers attended the ceremony at Clark Sports Center, where Los Angeles writer...

The St. Louis Cardinals’ Ozzie Smith was the only inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 28, 2002. Longtime Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas received the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence and Detroit-based writer Joe Falls was given the J.G. Taylor Spink...

Gary Carter and Eddie Murray were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 27, 2003 in front 18,000 fans and 44 of the 59 living Hall of Fame members. Both men delivered speeches sprinkled with tears, while Bob Uecker, Ford C. Frick award winner for broadcasting excellence, gave a speech that resembled the routine of a stand up...

In front of the largest gathering of Hall of Fame members in one location, Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor became the 51st and 52nd players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, July 25, 2004. New York Times writer Murray Chass received the J.G. Taylor Spink award and...