Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Welcome to the Hall, Nobody

For the first time since 1996, nobody has been elected in the Hall of Fame.

Can you say "STATEMENT VOTE!"

I want to add that this years Hall of Fame weekend will probably be the best time you could ever go.  I suspect attendance numbers will be muted, but it is expected that the largest contingent of Hall members ever assembled will be there anyway.  There will be no better time to visit Cooperstown.   

And I speak from experience.  My one visit to Cooperstown was when Ryan, Brett and Yount where inducted.  It was a mad house, and still ranks as the highest attended ceremony in Hall of Fame history.  Still, even with all of the madness it was a phenomenal experience.  I would do it again- even knowing how difficult it would be to navigate the streets of that fabled town.  Like I said above, if you are planning on going there in the near future, you should go for this ceremony!

Check out the BBWAA website for more of the story:
As part of the Induction Weekend ceremony Sunday, July 28, at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y., in which three Pre-Integration Committee electees – umpire Hank O’Day, New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and 19th-century player Deacon White – will be inducted, the Hall of Fame will recognize 12 individuals previously counted among its roster of members who never had a formal induction due to wartime restrictions. They are BBWAA electees Lou Gehrig (1939) and Rogers Hornsby (1942), along with the entire class of 1945 selected by the Committee on Old Timers: Roger Bresnahan, Dan Brouthers, Fred Clarke, Jimmy Collins, Ed Delahanty, Hugh Duffy, Hughie Jennings, King Kelly, Jim O’Rourke and Wilbert Robinson. Paul Hagen, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner for baseball writing, and the late Tom Cheek, the Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting, will be honored during the Awards Presentation Saturday, July 27, at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.
Here are the complete results.  Click pic below to embiggen.

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