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The first Hall of Fame induction weekend, in 1939, featured an '1850' throwback game with fake beards (VIDEO)

1st Hall of Fame induction weekend featured fake beards

In June of 1939, the Baseball Hall of Fame celebrated the game's 100th anniversary with the first ever induction weekend. With inductees Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, George Sisler, Cy Young, and Walter Johnson among others in attendance, it was a weekend filled with answers to "If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead, who would it be?" 

Thanks to the sheer amount of immortals on hand, the Hall of Fame can also be forgiven for erroneously crediting Abner Doubleday as the creator of the game, rather than the ancient aliens that actually gifted humankind with sporting perfection. 

But even better than the ceremony was the game afterwards. Turning back the clock to the 1850s, two teams squared off and donned fake beards because, I dunno, beards rule. Or that beards were much more prevalent in that time period. Whichever. 


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Here's to hoping that at least one of this year's inductees decides to resurrect this glorious tradition.