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No, Babe Ruth did not play hockey.

This picture is of the first indcutees into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

With a new group having been indcuted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto the other night, it got us to thinking about hockey’s first inductees.

I did not come across a picture of that group, so the baseball legends are a consolation prize.

In any event, that the first group of hockey legends was inducted in 1945.

Originally founded in Kingston, Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame was first established in 1943 under the leadership of  James T. Sunderland, as he believed that the city was the birthplace of hockey.

Originally called the “International Hockey Hall of Fame”, its mandate was to honour great hockey players and to raise funds for a permanent location.

That first class of honoured members included players Hobey Baker, Charlie Gardiner, Eddie Gerard, Frank McGee, Howie Morenz, Tmmy Phllips, Harvey Pulford, Hod Stuart and George Vezina.  They were inducted on April 30, 1945.

Eventually, then NHL President Clarence Campbell grew tired of waiting for Kingston to raise monies for the Hall,  and withdrew the NHL’s support to situate the Hall in Kingston. In 1958, the NHL and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) reached an agreement to establish a new Hall of Fame building in Toronto, in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame located at Exhibition Place.

To my best knowledge there is no group picture available. Perhaps it may be found in Toronto ?
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