Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Buck O’Neil elected to Baseball Of Fame – .

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Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Buck O’Neil elected to Baseball Of Fame – .


Six legendary names have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, according to the results of today’s Special Selection Committee meetings. Bourgeon Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, and Buck O’Neil were all elected at Cooperstown and will be officially inducted on July 24 with all players elected by regular writers’ vote.
Often referred to as the “veterans committee,” the Baseball Hall of Fame now holds an annual committee with a different membership that focuses on rotating from different eras in the history of the sport. The Early Baseball Committee (covering candidates from 1871-1949) meets once a decade, the Golden Days Committee (1950-1969) once every five years, and the Modern Baseball (1970-1987) and Today’s Game ( 1988-present) meet twice each during each five-year period.

Last year’s vote was postponed due to the pandemic. This winter, the Early Baseball and Golden Days committees got together, resulting in 20 possible candidates for Cooperstown. Each committee consisted of 16 members, and each member can put up to four names on their ballot. Nominees must receive at least 12 votes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Minoso, Hodges, Kaat and Oliva were inducted in the Golden Days ballot. Minoso received 14 votes, while Hodges, Kaat, and Oliva all received 12 votes each. Dick Allen narrowly missed with 11 votes, another unfortunate move after Allen also missed the 2015 ballot by just one vote. Other candidates on the ballot included Ken Boyer, Roger Maris, Danny Murtaugh, Billy Pierce and Maury Wills, all of whom received three votes or less.

O’Neil and Fowler were inducted via the Early Baseball ballot, with O’Neil receiving 13 of 16 votes and Fowler receiving 12 votes. The other candidates on the ballot receiving votes were Vic Harris (10 votes), John Donaldson (eight), Allie Reynolds (six), Lefty O’Doul (five) and George Scales (four), while Bill Dahlen, Grant “Home Run” Johnson and Dick Redding received three votes or less.

This edition of the Early Baseball Ballot has put a renewed emphasis on the Black Leagues. Donaldson, Harris, Johnson, Redding and Scales were all star players in the Negro League, while O’Neil both played and managed in the NAL before becoming a coach with the Cubs and a longtime scout in organizations. Cubs and Royals.

Additionally, Fowler was arguably the first black professional player, an accomplished second baseman who has spent his career roaming North America playing with many all-black teams and some integrated amateur teams. Fowler also founded and organized several teams and leagues during and beyond his playing days, his influence as a pioneer helping to set the stage for what we now recognize as the Black Leagues. Fowler, whose birth name was John Jackson in 1858, also spent part of his childhood in Cooperstown.

There is perhaps no greater ambassador for the Black Leagues or even for baseball itself than O’Neil, one of the game’s most beloved figures. Beyond his success on the field as a player, O’Neil helped identify and then shape the careers of countless players over the course of his long career, and he became the first black coach in MLB history when he was hired. by the Cubs in 1962.

It was widely expected that O’Neil would receive the HOF induction in 2006, when a special committee was formed to focus on Black League legends, and yet, when 17 other great names were given the fire. green for Cooperstown, O’Neil was surprisingly left out. . Nonetheless, O’Neil made the decision with his usual grace and even spoke at the induction ceremony that summer. O’Neil died later that same year.

Minoso also began his career in the black leagues, the Cuban native having spent a game of three seasons with the Cubans in New York before making his major league debut with the Indians in 1949. Minoso played a game of 20 seasons in the majors (12 with the Whites Sox), reaching 0.299 / 0.387 / 0.461 in 8,223 career plate appearances and receiving 13 All-Star selections in total. Minoso has finished fourth in the MVP vote five times and won three Golden Gloves.

Minoso will be remembered by future generations for his appearances in 1976 and 1980, when White Sox owner Bill Veeck arranged for Minoso (at 50 and 54) to play in five games and thus become the second player to play in Major League Baseball in five different games. decades. Beyond that eccentric footnote, however, Minoso has an incredible legacy as an icon both for Cuban players in particular, and for Hispanic baseball players across the generations.

Les 16 membres du panel Early Baseball étaient Bert Blyleven, Ferguson Jenkins, Ozzie Smith, Joe Torre, John Schuerholz, Bill DeWitt, Ken Kendrick, Tony Reagins, Gary Ashwill, Adrian Burgos Jr., Leslie Heaphy, Jim Henneman, Justice Hill, Steve Hirdt, Rick Hummel et John Thorn.

The 16 members of the Golden Days panel were Jenkins, Smith, Torre, Schuerholz, DeWitt, Kendrick, Reagins, Burgos, Hirdt, Rod Carew, Mike Schmidt, Bud Selig, Al Avila, Kim Ng, Jaime Jarrin and Jack O’Connell.

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