Babe Ruth. Now you could make case for why nearly everyone in the HOF does not deserve 100% of the vote. Nearly, as in Babe Ruth deserves it! Without him baseball wouldn't have had Jackie Robinson. In fact the Negro Leagues would have folded probably in the 30's, with MLB falling suit in the 40's! He ushered in Ty Cobb, Joe Dimmagio, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Micky Mantle, and the list goes on.
I mean look at this interesting fact I pulled up: "...[Babe Ruth's] participation in an All-Star tour of Japan in 1934 sparked that country's interest in professional baseball; a decade later, Japanese soldiers seeking the ultimate insult for American troops would sometimes shout, 'To hell with Babe Ruth!'"
I don't know how you can get more universal then that. He gets an insult, allows baseball to stay, and ushers it into a whole other country! COME ON!