The Hall of Fame Class of 1953 featured eight inductees
Connolly and Barrow, however, lived to see their induction in the Hall of Fame. Officiating the first American League game in 1901, and Connolly was known for his innate ability to control the game, and once had a 10 season-span without a single ejection. Barrow, an executive, manager and league president, was credited with building the New York Yankees organization into a winning franchise – overseeing 14 pennant and 10 World Series victories.
It was only fitting that Cy Young – who was present for the Museum’s inauguration – spoke on behalf of his fellow Hall of Famers. Young thanked the fans, saying “we feel so proud that baseball has done so much for its players. We feel deeply humble in our appreciation for we ball players love the game and thank all you fans who have journeyed to this shrine of baseball through the years.”
Alex Coffey is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame