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Friday, April 17, 2015

Hall of Famers Who Made Their Debut on 4-17 - And of Course Appeared on a Kellogg's Card

I couldn't resist a second post today when I found out that on this day in MLB history there were lots of Hall of Famers who made their first appearance in a big league game.  12 players made their debuts on this day, more than any other calendar day.  10 players first appeared in an major league game on tax day - April 15th.

Jim Palmer is the most recent HOF-er on this list.  He made his debut exactly 50 years ago today in 1965.  Since there are no longer scheduled double headers on Sundays, the season starts a lot earlier now so this date might not get many more debuts in the future.

In 1956 both Luis Aparicio and Frank Robinson made their debut on this day.  That day also was the debut for Don Drysdale and Whitey Herzog, but neither got on a Kellogg's card.  Still, since the formation of the American League in 1901 that is the only date in baseball history that had more than three Hall of Famers make their debut.  Four players also accomplished this in 1882.  

There were 16 games on 4-17-1956 and the four players listed in the paragraph above all were on different teams.  None of them played against each other.

Roberto Clemente made his debut exactly 60 years ago today in 1955.  There will be more in the future about Bob Clemente and his most elusive card.  I don't know how I will ever get that one.

Joe Tinker (1902), Red Faber (1914), Arky Vaughan (1932), Red Schoendienst (1945), Duke Snider (1947) and Mickey Mantle (1951) all stepped onto the field for the first time on this day of the year.  None stepped onto a Kellogg's card, so they are not pictured here.

Tomorrow:  the last two HOF-ers to begin their careers on the same day.  Can you name them?

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