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Cobb tops first MLB Hall of Fame vote

Updated: January 27, 2002, 1:27 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 2, 1936

In the first voting for Baseball's Hall of Fame, a singles hitter beats out the sport's greatest slugger. Ty Cobb, who had 4,191 hits, receives 222 of 226 votes from players and writers. Babe Ruth, who bashed 714 home runs, and Honus Wagner are tied for second in the balloting, with 215 votes each.

Also elected to the Hall in Cooperstown, N.Y., are Christy Mathewson (205) and Walter Johnson (189). Among the players not getting the 75 percent of the total ...

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