On February 26, 1991 — Bill Veeck, the colorful owner of the Browns, Indians and White Sox (twice), and Yankees great Tony Lazzeri are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
Bill Veeck, considered the P.T. Barnum of baseball due to the imaginative innovations he put in place as the owner of the Indians (1946-50), Browns (1951-53), and White Sox (1959-61, 1975-80), is elected by the Veterans Committee into the Hall of Fame. ‘Sport Shirt Bill’ integrated the American League by signing Larry Doby to play for the Tribe and assembled the 1948 World Champion Indians, a team that drew more than 2.6 million fans, setting an attendance record that lasted for more than three decades.
A hero to Italian fans in the Bronx, Tony Lazzeri was a power-hitting second baseman who starred on six Yankee pennant-winning teams. He was the first Yankee star to come out of San Francisco, paving the way for Joe DiMaggio who came along a decade later. Lazzeri was known for his clutch hitting which earned him the nickname “Poosh ‘Em Up.”