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2001 Minnesota Twins fan favorite Kirby Puckett and Minnesota native Dave Winfield are elected to the Hall of Fame, both in their first year of eligibility. Puckett, the 1989 AL batting champion and four-time AL hits leader played his entire 12-year career in Minnesota before glaucoma forced him to retire at age 36. Winfield played for six teams during his 22-year career accumlating, among other notable stats, 3,110 hits.
1974 New York Yankee teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford are elected to the Hall of Fame. Mantle, a 3-time AL MVP, has the most homers by a switch hitter with 536. Ford, the 1961 AL Cy Young Award winner is often sited as the greatest pitcher to ever don the famous pinstripes. He holds many Yankee pitching records including most career wins (236), innings pitched (3,171), strikeouts (1,956), and shutouts (45).
1970 Following being traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies three-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove winner Curt Flood files a lawsuit challenging baseball’s reserve clause, which essentially bound a player to a single team for as long as the team was willing to pay the player a salary. Although Flood would lose this suit he started the process that ultmatley led to salary arbitration and free agency. This marked the end of Flood’s career. He would not play during the 1970 season and would only play in 13 games in 1971 for the Washington Senators.

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