ON February 2, 1972 – Lefty Gomez, a southpaw best known for his four 20-win seasons with the Yankees, and Ross Youngs, a popular outfielder for the Giants who compiled a lifetime .322 batting average before succumbing to kidney disease at the age of 30, are selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be enshrined in Cooperstown… The group also gives the nod to former American League president William Harridge, initially hired to fill a three-year term as an interim, but will hold the position for the next 27 years.

Lefty Gomes interview