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This Day in History — First Five Players Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

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Babe Ruth and friends at the 1930 dedication of the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.

On this day in 1936 the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY elected it’s first five legends:  Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson.

As of this month, 300 individuals had been elected to the Hall of Fame, but these five were the ones who started it all. The Cooperstown Hall of Fame Museum sees almost 315,000 visitors every year, and a total of over 14 million people have visited since they first opened their doors to baseball lovers.

The museum’s archives are so vast that visitors only get to see a fraction of the 38,000 objects and 2.6 million items in the library. We’re pretty sure they also beat us out in the baseball card collection department, with an impressive 130,000 cards.

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