The Baseball HOF announces the Early Baseball Era and Golden Days Era Finalists

The Baseball HOF announces the Early Baseball Era and Golden Days Era Finalists
06 Nov
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It is another one of our favorite days at, as the Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the 10-man ballots from both the Early Baseball Era Committee and Golden Days Era Committee for the Class of 2022.

The Early Baseball Era nominees are:

Bill Dahlen, SS, 3B.  Chicago (NL 1891-1898), Brooklyn (NL 1899-1903) & New York (NL 1904-1911).  “Bad” Bill Dahlen is a sabrementric darling with a bWAR over 75, and 2,461 career Hits with 1,234 RBIs and 1,590 Runs.

John Donaldson, CF, P.  Kansas City (NNL 1920-24)*.  Donaldson played over 30 years of organized baseball, throwing 14 no-hitters over his career.  It is believed that he had a career record of 413-161, 5,081 Strikeouts with a 1.37 ERA.

Bud Fowler, P, 3B, 2B, MAN.  Fowler not only had a long career in the late 1800s, he is considered to be one of the first African-American baseball players in history.

Vic Harris, OF.  Pittsburgh (NNL 1922), Cleveland (NNL 1924), (Chicago NNL 1924), Homestead (ANL 1929), Homestead (EWL 1932), Detroit (EWL 1932), Homestead (NN2 1933), Pittsburgh (NN2 1933), Homestead NN2 1935-45 & 1947)*.  Harris is believed to have a lifetime Batting Average of .305 and he was also a longtime Manager.

Grant “Home Run” Johnson, SS, 2B.  Johnson played 30 years of organized baseball, and was a power hitter in the era of the deadball era.

Lefty O’Doul, OF, P.  New York (AL 1919-20 & 1922), Boston (AL 1923), New York (NL 1928 & 1933-34), Philadelphia (NL 1929-30), Brooklyn (NL 1931-33).  O’Doul did not become a bona fide starter until he was 31, and he would win the National League Batting Title in 1929 and 1932, and had a lifetime Batting Average of .340.

Buck O’Neil, 1B.   Memphis (NAL 1937), Kansas City (NAL 1938-43 & 1946-48).  O’Neill was a two-time All-Star and Negro League Champion, but more importantly became the voice of the Negro Leagues.  O’Neil played a large part in the creation of the Negro League Baseball Museum, and he became the first African-American to become a Coach in MLB. 

Dick “Cannonball” Redding, P.  Brooklyn (ECL 1923-27).  Redding was known for his fastball, as can be deduced by his nickname.  He is believed to have a lifetime ERA of 3.57.

Allie Reynolds, P.  Cleveland (AL 1942-46), New York (1947-54).  The “Superchief: was a five-time All-Star and six-time World Series Champion.

George “Tubby” Scales, 3B. 2B. 1B, P.  St. Louis (NWL 1921-23), New York (EVL 1923-28), Newark (EVL 1926), New York (ANL, 1926), Homestead (ANL 1926), Homestead (NN2 1935), New York (NN2 1936, 1939 & 1945), Baltimore (NN2 1940-44 & 1946).  Scales was also known as a curveball specialist and was successful as a Manager.

*From Baseball Reference.

The Golden Days Era nominees are:

Dick Allen, 1B, 3B, OF.  Philadelphia (NL 1963-69 & 1975-76), St. Louis (NL 1970), Los Angeles (NL 1971), Chicago (AL 1972-74) & Oakland (AL 1977).  Allen won the 1972 American League MVP, and was a two-time Home Run champion.  He would smack 351 Home Runs over his career, and was a four-time leader in OPS.  Allen also went to seven All-Star Games.

Ken Boyer, 3B, OF.  St. Louis (NL 1955-65), New York (NL 1966-67), Chicago (AL 1967-68) & Los Angeles (NL 1968-69).  Boyer won the National League MVP in 1964 and was a six-time All-Star.  Boyer helped lead the Cardinals to a World Series win in ’64, and he had 2,143 career Hits.

Gil Hodges, 1B, OF.  Brooklyn/Los Angeles (NL 1943 & 1947-61), New York (NL 1962-63).  Hodges was an eight-time All-Star who smacked 370 Home Runs with 1,274 RBIs.  He also twice led the Dodgers to World Series Championships.

Jim Kaat, P.  Washington/Minnesota (AL 1959-73), Chicago (AL 1973-75), Philadelphia (NL 1976-79), New York (AL 1979-80), St. Louis (NL 1980-83).  Kaat was a three-time All-Star, and a 16-time Gold Glove winner.  He had a record of 283-237 with 2,471 Strikeouts.

Roger Maris, OF.  Cleveland (AL 1957-58), Kansas City (AL 1958-59), New York (AL 1960-66) & St. Louis (NL 1967-68).  Maris made history in 1961, when he broke Babe Ruth’s single-season Home Run record.  A two-time MVP, Maris had 275 career Home Runs and is a three-time World Series winner.

Minnie Minoso, OF, 1B.  New York (NN2 1946-48), Cleveland (AL 1949, 1951 & 1958-59), Chicago (AL 1951-47, 1960-61, 1964, 1976 & 1980), St. Louis (NL 1962) & Washington (AL 1963).  The only player to appear in five different decades, Minoso had 2,110 Hits, 195 Home Runs and was a 13-time All-Star.  

Danny Murtaugh, MAN.  Pittsburgh (NL 1957-64, 1967, 1970-71 & 1973-76).  Murtaugh led the Pirates to World Series Championships in 1960 ad 1971, and he had a lifetime record of 1,115-950.

Tony Oliva, OF.  Minnesota (AL 1962-76).  Oliva was a three-time Batting Champion, five-time leader in Hits and eight-time All-Star.  He had 1,917 career Hits with a lifetime Batting Average of .304.

Billy Pierce, P.  Detroit (AL 1945 & 1948), Chicago (AL 1949-61) & San Francisco (NL 1962-64).  Pierce was a seven-time All-Star with a 211-169 Record with 1,999 Strikeouts.

Maury Wills, OF.  Los Angeles (NL 1959-66 & 1969-72), Pittsburgh (NL 1967-68) & Montreal (NL 1969).  Wills was the 1962 National League MVP, was a five-time All-Star, and helped the Dodgers win three World Series Championships.  Wills stole 586 bases and collected 2,134 Hits.

To enter the Hall of Fame, a candidate needs 75 percent of the 16-member committee.  The announcement will be made on the MLB Network on December 5 at 8:00 PM.

We here a would like to congratulate all of those who made it this far.

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