1962 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in four new members, including two with direct ties to the Cleveland Indians organization. Legendary pitcher Bob Feller and infielder Jackie Robinson, voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are joined by manager Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush via Veteran’s Committee selection.
Feller’s legacy as an Indian is well known, as his historic numbers lack several years devoted to the United States Navy during World War II. He spent 18 seasons in the Majors, all with the Indians from 1936 to 1956. He was a first ballot Hall of Famer, receiving 93.8% of the BBWAA vote.
McKechnie spent eleven years in the Majors with six different teams. He began in 1907 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and would later end his career there in 1920. Following the playing days, “Deacon” spent a significant amount of time in the dugout. He worked for fives years as the Pirates manager from 1922 to 1926, guiding them to a World title in 1925. After he was fired in 1926, he moved on to the St. Louis Cardinals franchise, where he was a coach and later the manager while leading them to a loss in the 1928 World Series. Following the tumultuous experience in the midwest, he joined the Boston Braves/Bees from 1930 to 1937 before moving on to Cincinnati for nine years, including another World Series championship in 1940. He was fired in 1946 and became a coach on Lou Boudreau’s staff in 1947, spending three seasons with the club while enjoying the last Indians title in 1948. He rejoined Boudreau in Boston with the Red Sox in 1952 and 1953. He was elected to the Hall as a manager by the Veteran’s Committee.