January 20, 1871
The Boston Red Stockings are born establishing the oldest continuously playing team in American professional sports. The team would eventually become today’s Atlanta Braves.
January 20, 1966
The BBWAA elects Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. He is the last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941) and hit 521 home runs for the Boston Red Sox over his 22-year career. He was also a 19-time All-Star, won the AL MVP twice (1946, 1949), won 6 batting titles, and was the triple crown winner twice.
In 1999, he was named to MLB’s All-Century Team and is considered one of the greatest hitters of all-time.
Born on this day:
1964 Ozzie Guillen
1975 David Eckstein
Died on this day:
1997 Curt Flood
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.