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.
Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. are elected to the Hall of Fame with the seventh and third highest voting percentages in history
January 1, 2007
Veterans Committee elects slugger Johnny Mize and Negro Leagues pioneer Rube Foster to the Hall of Fame
March 11, 1981
January 7, 1985