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Ford Frick Stats & Facts

Ford Frick Essentials Positions: Bats: Throws: Weight: Born: Year: 1894 in Wawaka, IN USA Died: 4 8 1978 in Bronxville, NY USA Debut: Last Game: Hall of Fame: Inducted as a Pioneer/Executive in 1970 by Veterans Full Name: Ford...

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Earle Combs Jesse Hainesare selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Earle Combs, a southpaw-swinging outfielder who spent his entire career with the Yankees, compiling a lifetime .325 batting average during his 12 years with New York, and Jesse Haines, a right-hander who posted a 210-158 (.571) record during his 18 years with the Cardinals, are selected by the Special Veterans Committee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The group also elects former commissioner Ford Frick, who campaigned for a Hall of Fame that would honor baseball’s greatest baseball players when he became the National League president in 1934.

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William Eckert approves the Baseball Writers Association of America’s plan to select a Cy Young Award recipient from both the National and American Leagues

1967 – Commissioner William Eckert approves the Baseball Writers Association of America’s plan to select a Cy Young Award recipient from both the National and American Leagues. The honor, which was initiated in 1956, had been given to just one pitcher in the major leagues each season, a position strongly supported by former commissioner Ford Frick.

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New York Yankees clinch 26th Pennant – Maris clubs 59th homerun

1961 – The 155th Yankees game of the season (including a tie) is Roger Maris’ last chance to beat the 60 home run mark set by Babe Ruth in compliance with Commissioner Ford Frick’s statement, for the record to be broken Maris must do it in the same number of games as Ruth. Maris’ 59th home run of the year, off Jack Fisher, is short of the record, but helps the Yankees beat Baltimore, 4 – 2 to clinch their 26th American League pennant.

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Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than the fans, will vote on selections for the All-Star Game. The vote will not return to the fans until 1970, when Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reverses Frick’s action. The decision is a reaction to alleged ballot box stuffing by Cincinnati fans before last year’s All-Star Game.

1958 – Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than the fans, will vote on selections for the All-Star Game. The vote will not return to the fans until 1970, when Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reverses Frick’s action. The decision is a reaction to alleged ballot box stuffing by Cincinnati fans before last year’s All-Star Game.

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Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter, claiming it is “a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw.” The Commissioner believes there is nothing dangerous about the banned pitch, and making it legal again would slow down baseball’s increasing offensive statistics.

Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter, claiming it is “a great pitch and one of the easiest to throw.” The Commissioner believes there is nothing dangerous about the banned pitch, and making it legal again would slow down baseball’s increasing offensive statistics.

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Ford Frick, replacing “Happy” Chandler, is selected by the owners to be the third commissioner of the sport.

Ford Frick, replacing “Happy” Chandler, is selected by the owners to be the third commissioner of the sport. The former National League president, best remembered for suggesting the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris be listed separately based on the length of the season, will hold the position for fourteen years.

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National League president Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who had died probably of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, is identified only as a white male.

1948 – National League president Ford Frick steps in and pays $350 for funeral services, including the cost of a coffin, for the unclaimed body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who had died probably of alcohol abuse a few days earlier in a Baltimore hospital, is identified only as a white male.

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Pee Wee Reese loses a grandslam due to war time dim-out

8/4/1942: The Dodgers were playing the Giants at the Polo Grounds with wartime restrictions in effect that required the lights to be shut off at a predetermined time. Brooklyn scored four runs in the top of the tenth inning, including an inside-the-park grand slam by Peewee Reese, which flew over the head of center fielder Buster Maynard and rolled to the clubhouse area. After a pitching change, a walk and a fly out, the umpires stopped the game in the middle of an at bat by Joe Medwick. The game reverted back to a nine-inning, 1-1 tie. The contest was scheduled for a September 6 makeup. This was the first time a game had ended in a tie under the lights due to the dim out regulations. The game had started at 6:45pm. The only statement made by NL President Ford Frick was to say that he would “urge earlier start times.”

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Boston Bees sell outfielder Debs Garms to the Pittsburgh Pirates

1940 – The Boston Bees sell outfielder Debs Garms to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Garms will get only 358 at bats for Pittsburgh but, nevertheless, will lead the National League in hitting with a .355 average. Unlike what is the case in the American League, where 400 at bats are required to be eligible for the batting title, the NL rules state that a player must appear in at least a hundred games: Garms will play in 103. Ford Frick, NL president, will clarify this in September when it is clear that Garms will not reach the 400 at bats. Pirates teammate Virgil Davis will be the nominal runner-up at .326, but will play just 99 games. Garms will drop to .264 in 1941 and he will be out of baseball a year later.

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Ford Frick is reelected National League president for two years and given a raise. The American League votes down night ball and awards a $500 cash prize for batting leaders retroactive to include Buddy Myer in 1935.

Ford Frick is reelected National League president for two years and given a raise. The American League votes down night ball and awards a $500 cash prize for batting leaders retroactive to include Buddy Myer in 1935.

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New York sportswriter and broadcaster Ford Frick is named the public relations director of the National League

New York sportswriter and broadcaster Ford Frick is named the public relations director of the National League. In nine months, Frick will become the league’s President and will later become commissioner, succeeding Happy Chandler. Frick had previously played an instrumental role in promoting the birth of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

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