10 Named To Baseball Hall Of Fame Golden Ballot
Former Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges and general manager Buzzie Bavasi and former Athletics owner Charlie Finley are among 10 candidates for the baseball Hall of Fame who will be on the Veterans Committee ballot next month.
Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Luis Tiant also will be on the Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on by the 16-member committee on Dec. 5 at the winter meetings in Dallas.
This year’s committee will consider candidates from the so-called “Golden Era,” from 1947-72.
Candidates must receive votes on 75 percent of the ballot to be elected. Those elected will be inducted on July 22 along with any players voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Jan. 9.
An eight-time All-Star, Hodges helped the Dodgers win seven pennants and two World Series, then managed the New York Mets to their first World Series title in 1969. His 63.4 percent vote on his final BBWAA ballot in 1983 is the highest percentage for a player who didn’t enter the Hall in a later year.
The Dodgers won four World Series and eight pennants while Bavasi was GM from 1951-67, and he went on to head baseball operations for the San Diego Padres (1968-77) and California Angels (1978-84).
Finley owned the Kansas City and Oakland A’s from 1960-80, winning three World Series titles while feuding with his players and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.
The committee that will vote includes Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams; current team executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt Roland Hemond and Gene Michael, retired executive Al Rosen and media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.
The pre-integration era (1871-46) will be considered at the 2012 winter meetings and the expansion era (1973-present) in 2013, when retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are likely to be on the ballot.