Baseball Hall of Fame: Gil Hodges, Minnie Miñoso, Buck O’Neil elected from six of era committees

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The National Baseball Hall of Fame will admit at least six new members in 2022. On Sunday night, the Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Era Committee announced that Negro League legends Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil had been elected in Cooperstown. Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva were also elected from the Golden Days Era Committee.

Simply put, O’Neil is an icon of the Negro Leagues and one of the most important figures in baseball history. A good player who went to three All-Star games in 10 Negro League seasons, O’Neil established the Kansas City Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame after playing, and he was also the first black coach in baseball history . O’Neil died in 2006 at the age of 94, and the Buck O’Neil Award is presented annually to “the person whose extraordinary efforts improved the positive impact of baseball on society, added the attractiveness of the game, and enhanced its character, integrity and.” Would be comparable to the “Qualities of O’Neil.”

Hodges, eight-time all-star and manager of the Miracle Mets in 1969, has long been considered one of the most worthy candidates not yet elected to the Hall of Fame. He played 18 seasons with the Dodgers and Mets, 17 of them after returning from World War II, and retired as a career .273 / .359 / .487 hitter with 1,921 hits and 370 home runs. He was also considered one of the best defensive infielder of his time. Hodges died in 1972 at the age of 47.

“If you mention the all-time greats in Dodger history, Gil Hodges is among the best to have ever worn Dodger Blue,” said Dodgers President Stan Kasten in a statement. “We are delighted that he will finally take his place in Cooperstown alongside the greats of the game and look forward to honoring him next year.”

As with Hodges and O’Neil, the introduction of Miñoso is long overdue. The Cuban Comet was one of the first Latino players and all-stars of the league, and he is also considered the first black Cuban player in the major leagues. He hit 0.299 / .387 / .461 with 2,110 hits, 195 home runs and 216 steals in parts of 20 seasons, most with the White Sox. Miñoso, a 13-time all-star, died in 2015 at the age of 89.

“This enormous honor would have meant a lot to my father and it means a lot to us,” said Miñoso’s son Charlie Rice-Miñoso in a statement. “My father lived the American dream. He could open doors and break barriers while doing what he loved and fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a major league baseball player. He dedicated his life to baseball, all fans, to that.” Community and to Chicago that he loved. He was so proud to be Black, Cuban, American, and a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox. He would have been so proud to be a hall of fame, too. ”

Kaat, now 83, has played a remarkable 25 seasons in the major leagues, winning 283 games and 16 gold gloves. He played for five teams but spent most of his time in the Washington Senators / Minnesota Twins franchise, and his 190 wins are second on the franchise leaderboard behind Hall of Famer’s 417 Walter Johnson calls up games for MLB Network to date .

83-year-old Oliva, the 1964 AL Rookie of the Year and eight-time All-Star, retired as a career .304 / .353 / .476 hitter who topped the league on hits five times, topped the doubles four times, and led three times in the batting average. He was also twice the AL MVP runner-up. Oliva has spent his entire career with the Twins and is a leading player of all time in every major offensive category. He and Miñoso are the fifth and sixth Cuban players to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

“The Pohlad family and the entire Minnesota Twins organization would like to congratulate Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat on their long-awaited and well-deserved election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Dave St. Peter, President and CEO of Twins, in a statement. “From his amazing career on the field to the booth and in the hearts of fans across our region, ‘Tony O’ embodies what it really is to be a Minnesota twin and has been the organization’s greatest ambassador since his arrival.” in the upper midwest. In the same way, ‘Kitty’ has had an indelible impact on our organization and our fans, from the 15 years he spent in the Twins / Senators franchise to his time in the broadcasting booth. “

Fowler is widely considered to be the first black professional baseball player. He hit and played the infield in the 19th century and later helped found the Page Fence Giants, one of the greatest Black Barnstorming teams of all time. Fowler died in 1913 at the age of 54.

The Early Baseball Era Committee includes candidates whose contributions to the game came before 1950. Fowler and O’Neil included Negro League stars John Donaldson, Vic Harris, Grant “Home Run” Johnson, Dick “Cannonball” Redding and George “Tubby” Libra in this year’s vote. American and national league players Bill Dahlen, Lefty O’Doul and Allie Reynolds were also on the ballot. All 10 died.

The Golden Days Era Committee includes candidates whose contributions to the game came between 1951-69. This year’s vote included Hodges, Kat, Miñoso and Oliva as well as Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Roger Maris, Danny Murtaugh, Billy Pierce and Maury Wills. All but Kaat, Oliva and Wills have passed away.

The eras committees consist of 16 members who vote on each candidate, with 12 votes required for admission. Voting bodies include Hall of Fame members, baseball managers, and experienced media representatives. Here are the voting results:

1. Minnie Minoso: 14 votes

1. Buck O’Neil: 13 votes

2. Gil Hodges: 12 votes

2. Bud Fowler: 12 votes

3. Jim Kaat: 12 votes

3. Vic Harris: 10 votes

4th Tony Oliva: 12 votes

4th John Donaldson: 8 votes

5. Dick Allen: 11 votes

5. Allie Reynolds: 6 votes

All others got three or fewer votes

Everyone else received five or fewer votes

For the second time, everyone was missing a voice under the recording. He was also missing a vote in the 2015 Golden Days Era Committee vote. Allen died last December at the age of 78 and was one of the biggest hitters of his era, posting a .292 / .378 / .534 dash line with 351 homers in 15 seasons. He will be eligible to vote again at the next Golden Days Era Committee meeting in 2026.

A few years ago the Hall of Fame replaced the Veterans Committee with four Epoch Committees that meet every few years. In addition to the early baseball era and the golden days era, there are also the committees of the modern baseball era (1970-87) and today’s season (1988 to today). Today’s game will be voted on in December 2022, then Modern Baseball in December 2023.

The Baseball Writers Association of America voting for the Hall of Fame is underway. Here is the ballot. These results will be announced on January 25th. Next year’s induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame is scheduled for Sunday, July 24th.


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