Historic milestones on this date. August 5, 1979, Willie Mays is inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Mays slugged 660 homers, batted .302, and collected 3,283 hits in his 22-year career. Known for his all-around play, Mays won 12 Gold Glove Awards for his defense in center field. Former National League outfielder Hack Wilson and executive Warren Giles are also inducted during the ceremony in Cooperstown, which draws a record crowd.
August 5, 2007, Mets left-hander Tom Glavine won his 300th career game, defeating the Cubs in Chicago's Wrigley Field, 8-3. Glavine, the fifth southpaw to reach the 300-victory level, pitched 6 1/3 innings to become the first 300-game winner since former teammate Greg Maddux in 2004.
August 5, 1963, a record number of Hall of Famers are in Cooperstown for the annual induction ceremony. Four new members receive plaques: pitchers John Clarkson and Eppa Rixey, and outfielders Elmer Flick and Sam Rice.