By John C. Skipper
In In January 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson grew to become constitution individuals in an specific membership: the nationwide Baseball corridor of repute in Cooperstown, long island. by means of 2008, the club had grown to 286 contributors, together with avid gamers, managers, coaches, umpires, executives, and pioneers. furthermore, the corridor of popularity has famous 32 broadcasters and fifty nine writers with its Frick and Spink awards. This greatly up to date and revised version presents crucial info for each person commemorated through or elected to the corridor of repute, together with the historical classification of 2006, which observed enshrinement of 17 formerly missed greats from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues. each one access contains biographical details and occupation highlights, in addition to the 12 months of induction or attractiveness. Year-by-year information are incorporated for the avid gamers, in addition to a listing of transactions. greater than eighty photographs are new to the second one variation.
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Years in minor leagues: 2; Major League debut: April 19, 1903. Elected to Hall of Fame: 1949. Nickname: Three Fingers — because he lost part of the index ﬁnger (on his pitching hand) in a farm accident as a youth. He was called “Three Fingers” by the fans because, along with his thumb, that’s all he had to grip a baseball. A good portion of the index ﬁnger on his right hand was chopped off in his childhood when he accidentally stuck it in a piece of farm machinery. He claimed the injury actually helped him later in his chosen profession because of the break it gave him on his curve ball.
Though his talent was unquestionable, he was in his prime about a decade before black players were allowed into the Major Leagues. He was 44 years old when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 to become the ﬁrst black Major League ballplayer. 350 against Major League pitchers in exhibition games. In a game in Cuba in 1931, Bell hit three home runs off of Johnny Allen, later a star pitcher with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. 339. When he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974, he shared the platform with Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Jocko Conlan.
In 1906, Beckley played in 22 games, then tried his hand at umpiring, before returning as a player for one more season. His brief stint as an umpire gives him the distinction of being one of two men who both played and umpired in the Major Leagues who were inducted into the Hall of Fame because of their playing skills rather than their umpiring. The other was Ed Walsh. Year Team 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 Pitt Pitt Pitt Pitt Pitt Pitt Pitt Pitt Jacob “Jake” Peter Beckley G AB R H D T HR RBI AVE.
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