February 17, 1964
Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Luke Appling is elected into the Hall of Fame.
Appling was a seven-time All-Star who collected 2,749 hits over his career. His career was interrupted by World War II in 1944-45.
He won two batting titles (1936 & 1943) and was a good leadoff hitter for many years topping the .400 mark in OBP eight times.
Born on this day:
1893 Wally Pipp
1915 Rod Dedeaux
1944 Dick Bosman
Died on this day:
1986 Red Ruffing
1989 Lefty Gomez
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.