By John C. Skipper
In In January 1936, Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson grew to become constitution contributors in an specific membership: the nationwide Baseball corridor of popularity in Cooperstown, manhattan. by way of 2008, the club had grown to 286 participants, together with avid gamers, managers, coaches, umpires, executives, and pioneers. additionally, the corridor of repute has well-known 32 broadcasters and fifty nine writers with its Frick and Spink awards. This largely up to date and revised version presents crucial details for each person commemorated by way of or elected to the corridor of reputation, together with the historical type of 2006, which observed enshrinement of 17 formerly ignored greats from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues. every one access comprises biographical info and occupation highlights, in addition to the 12 months of induction or acceptance. Year-by-year records are integrated for the avid gamers, in addition to a listing of transactions. greater than eighty images are new to the second one version.
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Elected to Hall of Fame: 2006. Willard Brown was the right ﬁelder for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1936 to 1950 and has the distinction of being the ﬁrst black player to hit a home run in the American League, hitting it while he was with the St. Louis Browns for a brief stint in 1947. He won several home run titles in the Negro Leagues and was nicknamed “Home Run Brown” by Josh Gibson who is generally regarded as the greatest home run hitter in the Negro Leagues. Brown and Henry Thompson were signed by the last-place Browns in 1947 in what one St.
Beckley played his entire career at ﬁrst base, setting a record for most games at that position, 2,386. 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.