Sputnik was launched into orbit by the USSR. On September 13, 1957 in Long Beach, California I was born. Therefore many of my collecting goals and other time related things hinge on the year 1957. Years ago when I decided to start collecting Hall of Famers, I decided to collect those men and woman (more on that later) who were inducted since 1957. I decided to make year markers and this is one of the very first which was made sometime in the early 90's.
On July 22, 1957 outfielder Sam Crawford and Manager Joe McCarthy were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Both of them were selected by the Veterans Committee.
Sam Crawford played for the Reds and Tigers during a 19 year major league career, playing from 1899-1917. He holds the single season record for most inside the park home runs with 12 in 1901. He hit .309 with 97 home runs for his career. He retired in 1917 and first appeared on the HOF ballot in 1936, the first year for the HOF. He never got more than 4.2% on his first 6 years on the ballot and then gained entrance into the Hall through the veterans committee in 1957. He is featured here on a Baseball Wit card, a trivia game that had something to do with Little League.
Joe McCarthy was elected as a Manager by the Veterans Committee in 1957. He managed the Cubs, Red Sox and Yankees from 1936 to 1950, winning 9 pennants and 7 World Series. His Cubs won the National League pennant in 1929, and his Yankees won 7 World Series between 1932 and 1943. The only year that the Yankees didn't win a World Series they were in was 1942 when they lost to the Cardinals in 5 games. He is featured on some TCMA card, that I can't remember what set it is.
Sam Crawford lived for another 11 years after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, passing away in 1968. Joe McCarthy lived for 21 years after his induction, passing away in 1978.
This is the first in series of profiles of players who have been inducted into the National Hall of Fame since I was born in 1957.
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