On January 16, 1974, Mickey Mantle became just the seventh player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Mickey’s buddy, Whitey Ford, also was elected making this the first time in history that two players from the same team were elected in the same year.
Mantle was somewhat surprised that the sportswriters voted him into the Hall: “A lot of them thought I was arrogant. It wasn’t that at all. I was scared. I was afraid to say anything. They thought it was aloofness. It wasn’t. It was just plain scaredness.”