What year was the baseball hall of fame started, and who was in the inaugural class?
Answer: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson were the first players to be honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame, elected as part of the inaugural class on Jan. 29, 1936.
So these guys are obviously legends and well known for what they did on the field, but less is known about the lives of these American's off the field. Take a look:
Cobb's mother shot and killed his father in 1905, three weeks before their son's big league debut. Suspecting his wife of infidelity, William Cobb died while sneaking around their home after saying he'd be out of town. Amanda Cobb was acquitted of murder after claiming she thought he was an intruder. - NY Daily News
His real name was George Herman Ruth, as was his father’s. He is the only player with that last name in major league history. - Sports Illustrated
The T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is the most valuable sports trading card that exists, with one of the estimated 50-200 copies selling for $2.8 million in 2007. Sold by the American Tobacco Company in 1909-1911, the card was discontinued supposedly because Wagner didn't want kids buying cigarettes. - Yahoo Finance
After enlisting in the army in 1918, Mathewson was accidentally gassed overseas during chemical-weapons training. With a weakened respiratory system, he contracted tuberculosis and later died of the disease in 1925. In that year's World Series, the Pirates and Senators wore black armbands in his honor. - Baseball Hall of Fame