Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O'Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White were elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century.
The trio was picked by the Hall's pre-integration panel -- part of what once was known as the Veterans Committee -- and gave the shrine exactly 300 members.
The announcement was made at baseball's winter meetings. Induction ceremonies will be held July 28 in Cooperstown, NY. They will be honored along with anyone chosen in January in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Ruppert bought the Yankees in 1915 and soon transformed them into baseball's most dominant team. He acquired Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox, built Yankee Stadium and presided over the club's first six World Series championships.
''A lot of us thought he was already in for all he'd done,'' said panel member Phil Niekro, the Hall of Fame pitcher. ''We were surprised he wasn't.''