January 24, 1939
George Sisler, Willie Keeler, and Eddie Collins are elected to the Hall of Fame.
George Sisler played 15 seasons, mostly with the St. Louis Browns. In 1920, he set the record for hits in a season with 257 which stood until 2004. He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .340 and 2,812 hits. He won 2 batting titles (1920, 1922) and won the 1922 AL MVP. During the 1922 season he has a 41-game hitting streak.
“Wee Willie” Keeler was an outfielder who played around the turn of the century. He finished his career with a .341 batting average and 2,932 hits. He had 8 200+ hit seasons and won 2 batting titles. He is famous for his advice to other hitters – “Keep your eye clear, and hit ‘em where they ain’t.”
Eddie Collins finished his career with 3,315 hits. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. He won 4 World Series titles (3 with Philly and 1 with Chicago), he was the 1914 AL MVP, and is 10th on the all-time hit list.
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