|1983 Donruss HOF Heroes|
Why I am mentioning this set today and Jimmie Foxx specifically is that today is anniversary of an unique event in MLB history. On June 11, 1927 Mickey Cochrane entered the game as a pinch runner in ninth inning and when he did this, the Philadelphia Athletics fielded seven different players in the lineup that would eventually become members of the Hall of Fame. They include: in right field Ty Cobb, centerfielder Al Simmons, leftfielder Zach Wheat, firstbaseman Jimmie Foxx, secondbase Eddie Collins, pitcher Lefty Grove and catcher Mickey Cochrane.
Obviously not all these players were in their prime in 1927. Cobb, Wheat and Collins were nearing the end of their careers while Foxx and Cochrane were at their beginning. Philadelphia ended up finishing second in the American League standings to the New York Yankees and their Murderers' Row which included hall of famers Earle Combs, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri.
And also, the 1927 Philadelphia Athletics was managed by Connie Mack, who also is a member of the Hall of Fame.