Johnny Mize elected to Hall of Fame
Mize broke into the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936, hitting .329 with 19 homers and 93 RBI in only 126 games. The next year, Mize began a string of six seasons in which he drove in at least 100 runs. The streak would have likely reached nine had he not broken his hand in 1946, an injury which limited him to 70 RBI in just 101 games.
During his first six seasons in the big leagues, all with the Cardinals, Mize won the 1939 batting crown, led the National League in home runs in 1939-40 and paced the NL in RBI in 1940, giving him the career Triple Crown along with two runner-up finishes in the Most Valuable Player Award voting by the end of his fifth big league campaign. After the 1941 season, Mize was traded to the New York Giants for Ken O'Dea, Bill Lohrman, Johnny McCarthy and $50,000.