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2016 Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza are elected to the Hall of Fame. Griffey was elected with the highest percentage of voters ever at 99.3%. He also is the first #1 overall pick to be elected while Piazza is the lowest draft pick ever to be enshrined (1,390th overall pick in the 62nd round).
2015 For the first time since 1955 four players are elected to the Hall of Fame. Pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smotlz are joined by the versatile Craig Biggio.
2010 1977 NL Rookie of the Year and 1987 NL MVP winner Andre Dawson is elected to the Hall of Fame in his ninth year on the ballot. Dawson is one of only five players to amass 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases. The others are Carlos Beltran, Barry Bonds, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodrgiuez
1997 Long time Atlanta Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro is elected to the Hall of Fame. Niekro who threw his last pitch in 1987 was the last player born in the 1930s to play in the majors.
1942 Cleveland Indians ace and 20-game winner Bob Feller becomes the first major leaguer to enlist in the military after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Feller would ultimately miss the 1942, 1943, 1944 and part of the 1945 seasons due to miliarty service. Hundreds of other fellow major leaguers temporarly hung up their spikes to defend our great nation.
1914 The Players’ Union successfully neogatates for the center field wall in each stadium to be painted green and be blank. This will become known commonly as the batter’s eye.


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