Five players became the first members of the hallowed halls located in Cooperstown, N.Y. They were Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth.
TY COBB: Elected with the highest percentage of votes in the inaugural class with 98.2%, Cobb had a lifetime batting average of .367 amassing 4,191 hits that led him to win 12 batting titles. Over his 24 year career primarily with the Detroit Tigers, Cobb had 23 seasons in which he hit over .300 and three seasons where he hit over .400 reaching a career high of .420 in 1911. Over his illustrious career, the “Georgia Peach” tallied 297 triples, 2,245 runs and 892 stolen bases to lead him into the Hall of Fame with the fourth highest percentage of all-time.
WALTER JOHNSON: Elected with 83.6% on the Hall of Fame ballot, Johnson was a power pitcher with the Washington Senators for 21 seasons in which he compiled 3,508 strikeouts including 110 career shutouts more than any other pitcher in history. With a fastball that at the time was considered in a league of its own, Johnson was able to win 417 games, second on the all-time list. In doing so he was able to enjoy 10 seasons of 20 or more victories.
CHRISTY MATHEWSON: Receiving 90.7% of the votes, Mathewson was elected onto the 1936 Hall of Fame ballot with a career win total of 373 wins over 17 seasons, all but one season spent with the New York Giants. Known for his famous fadeaway pitch of the early 1900s, Mathewson was able to secure at least 22 games for 12 seasons. Matty set the modern National League win mark with 37 wins in 1908. He did compile three other 30 or win seasons including a World Series championship in 1905 where he threw three shutouts in six days against the Athletics.
HONUS WAGNER: Tying Babe Ruth on the ballot with 95.1% of the votes, Honus Wagner was elected into the Hall of Fame after a 21-year career mainly with the Pittsburgh Pirtates. However, he started his career with the Louisville Colonels in 1897 hitting .344, never dropping below a .300 average for the next 17 seasons winning eight National League batting titles. Wagner also led the league in stolen bases on five different occasions totaling 722 thefts for his career.
BABE RUTH: Accumulating 95.1% of the votes, Babe Ruth joined the Hall of Fame after a celebrated career where he set records at the time for home runs in a career (714) and home runs in a single-season with 60 during the 1927 season. The Babe led the New York Yankees to seven American League pennants and four World Series title. Teaming with Lou Gehrig from 1923-1934, the two formed baseball’s most devastating hitting tandem ever.