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Today in Media History: Reporting on the first Baseball Hall of Fame inductees in 1936

On January 29, 1936, the first players were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The inductees included Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson.

The Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun published the following photo illustration and story a few weeks later.

Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun, February 10, 1936

Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun, February 10, 1936

“Players and sportswriters voting in the poll to select players meriting places in baseball’s hall of fame at Cooperstown, N.Y., could agree on only five men — although scheduled to pick ten — to represent the period from 1900 to the present day.

Top choice was Ty Cobb (foreground), the ‘Georgia Peach,’ who set a staggering assortment of records in his stormy playing career with the Detroit Tigers. He received 222 votes, only four short of unanimous.

The others chosen, left to right, were Babe Ruth and Hans Wagner, who polled 215 votes each; Christy Mathewson, next with 206, and Walter Johnson, fireball king, who qualified with 189.

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