On This Date 2/2/1936
The first inductees of the Baseball Hall of Fame are chosen. The Hall of Fame was set to open in Cooperstown on the centennial of the game’s mythological invention in 1939. The first five players chosen for induction were the players considered at the time to be the best ever. These players were Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson, and Walter Johnson.