January 15, 1942
President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives the go ahead for baseball to play despite World War II. He encourages more night games to be played so more workers can attend games. The Chicago Cubs scrap their plans for adding lights due to the materials needed for the war effort. There wouldn’t be night games at Wrigley Field for another 46 years.
January 15, 1981
Bob Gibson is elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He pitched 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals winning 251 games. He was a 9-time All-Star, won 2 World Series (1964, 1967), the 1968 NL MVP, and won 2 Cy Young Awards (1968, 1970). He threw a no-hitter on August 14, 1971 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Born on this day:
1943 Mike Marshall
1969 Delino DeShields
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.