Joss, MacPhail elected to Class of ’78
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“With Addie Joss, baseball was a profession, as (important) as that of any other, for it gave recreation to the masses, brought them out of the factories and the counting room into the open air and the sunlight and made them forget the petty annoyances in life,” wrote the Toledo Blade the day after Joss passed away. “In taking his vocation seriously, he was, in return, taken seriously by the people, who recognized in him a man of more than usual intelligence and one who would have adorned any profession in which he had elected to engage.”
An “all-star” game – one of the first of its kind – was played on July 24, 1911 for the benefit of Joss’ family. Future Hall of Famers Home Run Baker, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Sam Crawford, Walter Johnson and Tris Speaker were among the players who participated, and more than 15,000 fans raised $13,000 for the cause.
“I’ll do anything they want for Addie Joss’ family,” Johnson said.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum