Second BBWAA election brings Lajoie, Speaker, Young to Cooperstown
The Hall of Fame’s overall membership grew to eight, as Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Cy Young earned election through the second BBWAA vote, garnering the necessary 75 percent of votes in their second year on the ballot.
Lajoie led the trio with 168 of 201 possible votes, good for 83.6 percent. Speaker landed in second with 165 votes, or 82.1 percent, while Young narrowly exceeded the necessary 151 votes with 153, or 76.1 percent.
Lajoie, a second baseman and Rhode Island native, broke into the big leagues with the Phillies in 1896, but he spent the bulk of his career with Cleveland – a team that would be renamed in his honor as the Naps. Over his 21-year career, Lajoie batted .338 with 3,243 hits and 1,599 RBI.
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As it turned out, Mack and McGraw, along with executives Morgan Bulkeley and Ban Johnson and pioneer George Wright, would join the Class of 1937 in December of that year, when they were elected by the Veterans Committee.
Lajoie, Speaker, Young and Mack, along with the living members of the Classes of 1936, 1938 and 1939, were all in attendance two years later on June 12, 1939, for the first Induction Ceremony and the official opening of the Hall of Fame.
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum