The Philadelphia Phillies retire pitcher Robin Roberts number 36. It was the first uniform number to be retired by the organization, and Roberts was still pitching in MLB (though in the A.L. at the time).
The Special Veterans Committee selects Warren Giles and Hack Wilson for the Hall of Fame. Wilson was a .307 lifetime hitter, and had one of the greatest seasons of all time for the Cubs in 1930 with 56 home runs, 190 RBIs, a .356 batting average. Giles was N.L. president from 1951 to 1969.
For the first time since 1956, the Special Veterans Committee does not elect anyone to the Hall of Fame. Phil Rizzuto, Leo Durocher, Joe Gordon, and Gil Hodges are among the candidates passed over. All but Hodges have since been enshrined.
Bill Veeck, the colorful owner of the Browns, Indians and White Sox (twice) and New York Yankees great Tony “Poosh ‘Em Up” Lazzeri are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Both elections were posthumous.
A Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, and Al Lopez for the Hall of Fame. Sewell hit .312 in 14 years with the Indians and Yankees. Rusie won 246 games from 1889 to 1898. Lopez was 19 years a catcher, but it was his .584 winning percentage in 17 years as a manager that got him into Cooperstown.
In his first year of eligibility, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob “Hoot” Gibson is the only player elected to the Hall of Fame. Gibson won 20 games five times, struck out 3,117 batters, and captured the Cy Young and M.V.P. in 1968 with a 1.12 ERA.
Gaylord Perry becomes the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. Perry earns the NL honor with a 21-6 record and a 2.72 ERA for the San Diego Padres. He had previously won the award in the AL in 1972 with the Cleveland Indians.
Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit his 500th home run in the first inning off Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar to become the 10th player to hit 500 or more in a career. The “Killer” would total 573 dingers in his Hall of Fame career.
1984 The Sandberg Game: Cubs’ Ryne Sandberg hit two late-inning home runs off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bruce Sutter to tie the game twice as the Cubs went on to win 12-11 in 11 innings. Sandberg hit his HRs in the ninth inning, and then hit a two-run, two-out homer in the 10th to tie the game.