1967 Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January. Ruffing won 273 games and pitched in seven World Series for the Yankees.
The St. Louis Browns sign Satchel Paige. The 45-year-old pitcher had been out of MLB since last pitching for the Indians in 1949. In 1971, twenty years to the day, Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10 the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues will formally select the fireballer for induction.
1900 Rival forces fight for control of the Union Park Ball Grounds in Baltimore. John McGraw’s men camp around a fire at third base. Ned Hanlon, his former manager in Baltimore in the 1890s, now manager of Brooklyn and still president of the Baltimore club in the N.L., has forces camped around first base.
1993 Reggie Jackson is the lone player elected to the Hall of Fame. Even though his .262 lifetime batting average is the lowest of any outfielder in the Hall, Reggie receives a 93.6% vote as his 563 career home runs make him a hit with voters in his first year of eligibility. His Hall of Fame plaque shows him as a Yankee.…
Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers becomes the first three-time winner of the Cy Young Award. He is a unanimous winner for the 2nd-straight year. This is the last year that only one award is given for pitchers in both of the major leagues.
The California Angels announce that they will not offer 7x batting champion Rod Carew a new contract for the 1986 season, effectively ending his 19-year career. Carew finishes with 3,053 hits and a .328 career batting average.
In the Washington Senators 9-1 win over the St. Louis Browns, Goose Goslin gets two hits for the third day in a row to edge Browns outfielder Heinie Manush .379 to .378 for his only batting title in an 18-year career.
Walter Johnson, 19, debuts with the Washington Senators and loses 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers. The first hit off him is a bunt single by Ty Cobb. Years later, Johnson and Cobb will enter the Hall of Fame together as 2 of the original 5 inductees.