New Additions To Baseball Hall’s Digital Archive Project
More than 80 years after their election, the members of the Class of 1936 remain baseball’s most royal figures. Now, thanks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Digital Archive Project, hundreds of rare images of Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner will be available to a worldwide audience seeking to discover and celebrate the game’s first icons. The latest additions to the Museum’s PASTIME online offerings at collection.baseballhall.org debuted Wednesday and feature rare documents like insurance policies, check ledgers and estate papers; unique family photos; and images of three-dimensional artifacts in the Museum’s collection relating to the first five Hall of Famers. Elected as a prelude to the opening of the Museum in 1939, the Class of ’36 remains the only occasion the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has elected as many as five Hall of Fame candidates in one year.