Today the Pre-Integration Committee (from Baseball’s beginnings to 1947) has announced that there will be three new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame. To become elected, the nominees on the ballot, which contained six former players, and four non-players had to receive at least 12 of 16 (75%) votes to enter.
Of the three selected, only one was a player. That was Deacon White, a barehanded Catcher in the 1870’s. White twice won the Batting Title and was a three time leader in Runs Batted In. He was ranked #30 on our notinhalloffame baseball list.
White will be joined by former New York Yankees owner, Jacob Ruppert who under his watch turned the Yankees into the biggest franchise in sports (of which some say they still are). Former umpire, Hank O’Daywas also selected.
Our top choice, Bill Dahlen (#6 on our list) received ten votes and will likely be on future Pre-Integration ballots. Nobody else on the ballot was even close as Marty Marion, Bucky Walters, Sam Breadon, Wes Ferrell, Tony Mullane and Alfred Reach all received three votes or less.
We congratulate the latest entries into Cooperstown!