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first Hall of Fame inductees in 1939 -- how many can you name without cheating?

galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,059 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 28, 2023 3:39PM in Sports Talk

operative words: without cheating

unless you were born under a rock, you know one of them

but the others?

(guess away.........i have the answers and will give credit where credit is due)

edit: i need to be more clear. the eleven men shown were the 11 living electees present in Cooperstown when this picture was taken at the first induction ceremony in 1939.

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  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Ty - Connie Mack - John McGraw - Babe - that T206 dude...I know I'm not all matchy - matchy ...

    k, that's too much thinking for me right now... :)

  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:
    operative words: without cheating

    unless you were born under a rock, you know one of them

    but the others?

    (guess away.........i have the answers and will give credit where credit is due)

    I've seen the list before, but in all honesty as far as facial recognition, there's only two there who I recognize for sure. Ruth of course and Connie Mack. I do believe that honesty is the best policy and to always be honest at all times.

    However if Galaxy would have offered a $5 prize, I would have cheated immediately. 😉

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    ok, i will give it a spin. I am decent with baseball history, but not perfect. \

    front row: eddie collins, ruth, mack, cy young
    back row: Wagner, alexander, Speaker ?, Lajoie, ?, walter johnson

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  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,059 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 28, 2023 4:48PM

    @craig44 said:

    ok, i will give it a spin. I am decent with baseball history, but not perfect. \

    front row: eddie collins, ruth, mack, cy young
    back row: Wagner, alexander, Speaker ?, Lajoie, ?, walter johnson

    you almost aced the quiz, very impressive

    bottom, L to R: Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Cy Young

    top, L to R: Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie, _____________ , Walter Johnson

  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    who is the mystery man in between Lajoie and Johnson? 🤔

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:
    who is the mystery man in between Lajoie and Johnson? 🤔

    maybe ???

    from...

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Nope...it's not Kenesaw...

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    man, this is driving me crazy.

    who is that man.

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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    could it be frank baker???

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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    or maybe eddie plank???

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  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hey @craig44 keep going...

    I had to cheat and look; I would like to sleep tonight...4 sure I'd be up too late thinking about this one...

  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    not Baker, not Plank...

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    hint? is it a pitcher or a position player?

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  • georgebailey2georgebailey2 Posts: 1,029 ✭✭✭

    Position player

  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:

    hint? is it a pitcher or a position player?

    known for his hitting, but he did pitch a little

    .340, 2812 H, 102 HR, 1178 RBI, 375 SB

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’m going from memory because I’ve seen that pic before so is it the legendary umpire Bill Clem? I know he’s in just don’t know if he made the inaugural class?
    If it’s a player I don’t recognize him.

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  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 28, 2023 6:22PM

    Unless Grover Cleveland Alexander but I don’t think he was still alive then. In other words I don’t know who it is.

    Whoops that was wrong 😩😩

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  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:

    @craig44 said:

    hint? is it a pitcher or a position player?

    known for his hitting, but he did pitch a little

    .340, 2812 H, 102 HR, 1178 RBI, 375 SB

    could I use those numbers & stats for some Gridin' when the time is right ???
    :)

  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Okay I cheated and looked it up. I would have never gotten it.

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  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I honesty thought Grover Cleveland Alexander got poisoned by mustard gas during WW1 and didn’t survive long enough to be in that photo.

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  • stevekstevek Posts: 27,471 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I mentioned having seen the list, but it was a long time ago, and I long ago forgot every name.

    Instinctively when seeing the pic, the first one I looked for was Ruth, and of course he stood out like a sore thumb. Anyone born in a cave on some remote island, and never having ventured farther than that, would have recognized that one.

    The second player I instinctively looked for was Ty Cobb. But after a brief second, I remembered that he was not included in the original 10. May have been because the committee didn't like him or whatever?

    The movie "Cobb" overall wasn't the greatest movie ever made. Lots of poetic license in that movie which isn't unusual for Hollywood. However there's one scene in the movie when Cobb is at home plate, the scene turns from color to black & white, with little or no sound, and shows Cobb stroking a hit and running the base path. It's masterfully done, one of my favorite scenes in cinema history. illustrating the visual beauty of the game of baseball, especially when it's played at the highest level.

    I tried to find that particular clip, but was unsuccessful.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    oh oh oh, mr cotter, i have it

    George sisler!!!!

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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    the lifetime BA gave it away

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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Darin said:
    I honesty thought Grover Cleveland Alexander got poisoned by mustard gas during WW1 and didn’t survive long enough to be in that photo.

    you are thinking of Christy Mathewson

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  • galaxy27galaxy27 Posts: 7,059 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:
    oh oh oh, mr cotter, i have it

    George sisler!!!!

    😂😂😂

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:
    not Baker, not Plank...

    @galaxy27 said:

    @craig44 said:
    oh oh oh, mr cotter, i have it

    George sisler!!!!

    😂😂😂

  • GroceryRackPackGroceryRackPack Posts: 2,350 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @galaxy27 said:

    not Plank...

    you sure it's not Doug... :)

  • Alfonz24Alfonz24 Posts: 3,000 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cy Young looks photoshopped.

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  • BrickBrick Posts: 4,910 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Cy Young never once won the Cy Young award. Yet he is still in the HOF?

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  • DarinDarin Posts: 6,247 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @craig44 said:

    @Darin said:
    I honesty thought Grover Cleveland Alexander got poisoned by mustard gas during WW1 and didn’t survive long enough to be in that photo.

    you are thinking of Christy Mathewson

    Looks like we’re both right. Alexander was poisoned by mustard gas and Mathewson was accidentally poisoned by gas during a training exercise.

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  • 2dueces2dueces Posts: 6,230 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I know them all but only because I’m a collector of vintage baseball. Haven’t added anything in a long time ( prices!!)

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  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,267 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Darin said:

    @craig44 said:

    @Darin said:
    I honesty thought Grover Cleveland Alexander got poisoned by mustard gas during WW1 and didn’t survive long enough to be in that photo.

    you are thinking of Christy Mathewson

    Looks like we’re both right. Alexander was poisoned by mustard gas and Mathewson was accidentally poisoned by gas during a training exercise.

    that is interesting. I never knew about Alexander getting gassed as well. learn something everyday!!

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