Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2013
Owner Jacob Ruppert, a visionary leader, transformed the New
York Yankees from a second-division afterthought to the most storied franchise
in the game’s long history. The brewery executive and former U.S. Congressman
purchased the middling team, along with Tillinghast Huston, in 1915. Over a few
short years they assembled a formidable group, including manager Miller
Huggins, front office executive Ed Barrow and slugger Babe Ruth. After opening
Yankee Stadium in 1923, the club won their first World Series championship.
They collected 10 pennants and seven Fall Classic crowns during Ruppert’s
tenure, which ended with his death in 1939.
… that while Jacob Ruppert owned the Yankees, the franchise acquired more than a dozen future Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio?
This Day in Baseball History
On December 7, 1992, Paul Molitor leaves the Milwaukee Brewers to sign a free agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Molitor, who had spent the first 15 years of his career in Milwaukee, batted .320 and stole 31 bases for the Brewers in 1992.