On January 21, 1953, Cardinals pitcher Dizzy Dean and A’s outfielder Al Simmons were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). Notably, Joe DiMaggio, who was in his first year of eligibility, was not elected and would instead have to wait until 1955, his third year on the ballot.
6 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons elected to HoF”
Somebody please explain to me why DiMaggio wasn’t elected on his first try.
Wow, surprised to hear that about DiMaggio, did not know that
Same! It seems like he should’ve been a shoo-in the instant he became eligible.
Surprised it took Joe D so long to get in.