1942 January

4th Rogers Hornsby becomes the 14th player selected to the Hall of Fame, getting 78 percent of the vote. But Frank Chance with 58 percent and Rube Waddell with 54 percent miss out.

6th Bob Feller, winner of 76 games for the Indians in 3 previous seasons, follows Hank Greenberg into the military. Feller, saying “I’ve always wanted to be on the winning side,” enlists in the Navy and reports to Norfolk, VA, for duty.

15th President Roosevelt gives baseball the go-ahead to play despite WW II. In his famous “green light” letter FDR says, “I honestly think it would be best for the country to keep baseball going.” He encourages more night baseball so that war workers may attend.

The Cubs, who had signed contracts to install lights at Wrigley Field, drop their plans because of the military needs for the material.