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Today in Baseball History
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1983 St. Louis Cardinals slick fielding Ozzie Smith becomes the first $1 million shortstop by signing a 3-year $3.6 million contract.
1978 Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews is elected to the Hall of Fame. Mathews is the only player who played for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta.
1977 Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, is elected to the Hall of Fame. Banks won back to back NL MVPs in 1958 & 1959 as well as hitting 512 career homers and being selected to 11 All-Star teams.
1972 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, and Early Wynn are elected to the Hall of Fame. Koufax, who spent his entire 12-year career with the Dodgers, had one of the most dominant four year runs by a pitcher from 1963-1966. He went 97-27 with a 1.86 ERA while striking out 1,228 batters in 1,192.2 innings, adding 32 shutouts. Wynn won 300 career games during a 23-year career spent with 3 teams. Berra, a 3-time AL MVP, may be most remembered for what he said, often call “Yogisms”.
1937 Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, and Cy Young are elected to the Hall of Fame. While they are elected in 1937 they won’t be honored until the first induction ceremony in 1939. Lajoie, a second baseman, hit .426 with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901 the 4th highest batting average in a single season ever and highest since 1901. Speaker who played 22 years with four teams is the all-time leader in doubles with 792. Young, who has an award named after him, holds what many believe to be the most untouchable record in all of North American sports with 511 career wins. He also holds the all-time record for losses (316), complete games (749), innings pitched (7,356), and a host of others.

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2013 – Stan Musial
2013 – Earl Weaver