On August 6, 1973, Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Earlier in the year, the Hall’s Board of Directors had voted to waive the traditional five-year waiting period for Clemente, in light of the Pittsburgh Pirate right fielder’s death in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, 1972. Also inducted are umpire Billy Evans, outfielder Monte Irvin, first baseman George Kelly, and pitcher Mickey Welch. 24 Hall of Famers are in attendance for the festivities.

Warren Spahn Biography and Career Highlights

Roberto Clemente Biography and Career Highlights