Between the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Veterans Committee selections, the 1984 Baseball Hall of Fame was one of Baseball’s strongest. Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, and Harmon Killebrew were voted in while the Veteran’s Committee added Rick Ferrell and Pee Wee Reese. A player had to be on 75% of ballots to be inducted to the Hall of Fame and Aparicio was on 84.6% of ballots, Killebrew on 83.1%, and Drysdale on 78.4%. Seven players received votes but failed to make the 75% cutoff, but were elected in future elections; Hoyt Willhelm, Nellie Fox, Billy Williams, Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Bill Mazeroski, and Joe Torre.
In this article, I’ll share some of the key cards from the players inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
Aparicio was the first Venezuelan inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was an excellent defensive shortstop who was a 13x All-Star, a 9x Golf Glove Award Winner, a 9x AL Stolen Base Leader, and a member of the 1966 World Series Champion Baltimore Orioles team. He finished his career with 2677 hits and 506 stolen bases.
Key Cards: 1956 Topps, 1964 Topps, and 1971 Topps
Don Drysdale played his entire career with the Dodgers organization. He was a 9x All-Star, 3x World Series Champion, and 1962 Cy Young Award Winner. He finished his career with 209 wins, 2486 strikeouts, and a 2.95 earned run average.
Key Cards: 1957 Topps and 1963 Topps
Over his 22 year career, Killebrew was a 13x All-Star, 6x AL home run leader, and was the 1969 AL MVP. He was a prolific home run hitter, finishing his career with 573.
Key Cards: 1955 Topps, 1963 Topps, and 1967 Topps
Over his 18 year career, Ferrell was one of Baseball’s best catchers. He was an 8x All-Star and patient hitter logging only 277 strikeouts over his career compared to 931 walks. He was super durable, and to this day, still ranks 12th all-time in games played as a catcher.
Key Cards: 1933 Goudey and 1940 Play Ball
Pee Wee Reese
Reese was a member of the loaded 40s/50s Dodgers teams. He played 16 seasons, making the All-Star game 10x while winning 2 World Series. Reese also made the top ten in MVP voting eight times over his career. He was consistently productive, scoring 1338 runs in his career to go with being a great defensive player.
Key Cards: 1952 Topps and 1953 Bowman Color
Thanks for checking out this article, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for more sports card info.