HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
East Bay, California Hall of Fame
Babe Ruth League International Hall of Fame
Yankee Stadium Monument Park
1999 & 2013
Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame
ANNUAL “LEFTY GOMEZ” AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
Lefty Gomez Award
Presented annually by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) as its most prestigious award. It is bestowed each year on “an individual who has distinguished himself, like Lefty Gomez, amongst his peers and has contributed significantly to the game of baseball locally, nationally, and internationally”.
The Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented annually by the Babe Ruth League International. Its recipient must exhibit Lefty’s commitment to youth baseball and embody the spirit of the Babe Ruth League philosophy, which is to provide the best possible sports experience for every child that has the desire to play.
The Lefty Gomez Softball Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented annually by the Babe Ruth League International.
BASEBALL FIELDS DEDICATED
Fairfax, California – 1972
Lefty Gomez Ballpark
Rodeo, CA – 1990
Lefty Gomez Field
(California Point of Historical Interest)
San Marin, CA – 1990
Lefty Gomez Varsity Baseball Field
United States Goodwill Ambassador 1958
Appointed by US Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, as Goodwill Ambassador to Latin America for the purpose of promoting America’s national goodwill in Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Peru, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Cuba.
Congressional Record Commemoration 1976
Read into the record by James Farley, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former Postmaster General under President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Connecticut Yankees Award 1966
Presented to Lefty Gomez by Roy Campanella on behalf of the “Connecticut Yankee” organization for his sportsmanship, humanitarianism and his unwavering support of youth baseball.
Good Guy Award 1976
The American Legion Good Guy Award is presented “to Lefty Gomez, a favorite of GIs from WWII to Vietnam and in recognition of Lefty’s commitment to American Legion Ball on the field and behind the podium as a motivational speaker, bringing the fundamentals of this uniquely American game that teaches beyond the fundamentals of play, a strong sense of loyalty, team spirit, discipline and leadership.”
Lou Gehrig Pride of the Yankees Award 1987
Presented to Lefty Gomez by George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees at the Yankee Homecoming dinner.
Japan Award 1934
The Japanese presented Lefty Gomez and Babe Ruth with awards for their performance during the All American All-Star tour of Japan.
Universidad de la Habana, Cuba - Gold Medal 1948
Presented by the University of Havana, Cuba. The inscription reads: “To Vernon Gomez in recognition of his work with the baseball teams of the University of Havana. 1947-48”
1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941
MLB World Series Championship Team
1933(w), 1934, 1935(w), 1937(w), 1938
MLB All-Star Team
Triple Crown of Pitching
Elected to All-American All Stars and Japan Goodwill Tour
Director, Babe Ruth Baseball League International
Annual National All-Star Promotional Tour
Honorary Co-Captain of the MLB 50th All-Star Game
Honorary 50th Anniversary All-Star Game Pitcher
Smithsonian Museum Guest of Honor
King of Baseball
Lefty Gomez is crowned King of Baseball for his longtime dedication and service to the game, by Minor League Baseball, the National Association of Professional Baseball which operates pro baseball’s minor leagues.
Lou Gehrig Pride of the Yankees AwardPresented to Lefty Gomez by George Steinbrenner at the Yankee Homecoming dinner.
Outstanding Service Award
(Babe Ruth International League)
Meritorious Service Award
(American Baseball Coaches Association)
TIME Magazine Cover
Lefty Gomez is the first pitcher to grace the cover of TIME Magazine
WHEATIES Cereal Box Cover
Lefty appeared as No. 1 in the Wheaties Box Cover Series, “How to Play Winning Baseball.”
Baseball Writers Assn. Yankees All-Time All-Star Team 1903-1952
Casey Stengel “You Can Look It Up” Award
Elected Honorary Member of the Press Club of San Francisco
Sports Illustrated All-Star Team
Presented by Collegiate Baseball, the official publication of the ABCA, to recognize outstanding service to collegiate baseball. Lefty Gomez was the first recipient.
San Francisco Examiner Bay’s Best
Presented to the all-time all-star athletes selected from 100 years of sports.
The Sporting News Greatest Baseball Players
Celebrating the 20th century’s best baseball players and contributors to the game.
ESPN MLB - The 20 Greatest Yankees
ESPN names Lefty as one of the top 20 greatest Yankees of all time, and ESPN baseball fans rank Lefty in the top 10.
LEFTY – An American Odyssey
Random House International publishes Lefty Gomez’ biography.
Cooperstown Film Festival
The film, Baseball Comes to Japan – The Journey of Lefty Gomez is honored by being selected for the 2012 Cooperstown Film Festival at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
OUTSIDE THE FOUL LINES
Aviator and Stunt Pilot
Eddie Duchin Band & Jack Teagarden Band, Guest Saxophonist
Away from the Stadium Lefty played sax with the Eddie Duchin and Jack Teagarden bands and took to the skies as a stunt-flying pilot.
, Featured Author
Lefty wrote feature articles for J. Taylor Spink, founder and editor of the Sporting News. Spink was not alone in his discovery of Lefty’s exceptional wit and timing.
WINS 1010 Sports Radio - The Lefty Gomez Show
At ease behind a mike, Lefty soon wound up with the Lefty Gomez Pre-Game and Post-Game Shows on WINS 1010 radio in New York.
What’s My Line?
The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Lefty became a frequent guest panelist on iconic shows such as Information Please and What’s My Line? In years to come, Lefty traded jokes with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, and was a panelist with Joe DiMaggio and Tom Henrich on the legendary TV show, Sports Challenge; setting a record by winning 8 consecutive games.
Screwball, Studio One, Actor
Henry & Me
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
America's Secret Slang: Them's Fighting Words
Baseball Legends Remembered
Baseball Comes to Japan: The Journey of Lefty Gomez
The Cowboy's Son
When It Was A Game
1979 MLB All-Star Game
The Babe Ruth Story
, US Steel Hour, Actor
Lefty later turned from sports to TV drama and appeared in Screwball with Cloris Leachman on Studio One, and in Baseball Blues with Frank Lovejoy on the United States Steel Hour. In recalling his cameo roles, Lefty laughed and said, “I didn’t bring home an Emmy, but for a guy who talks off the cuff, keeping to a script with seasoned actors was all the applause I wanted.”