Playoffs-Six New Baseball Halls of Fame Elected

Cooperstown opened its doors to six new members in the Baseball Hall of Fame committee elections this Sunday (5).

Former players Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso and Tony Oliva were inducted into the Hall of Fame following a Golden Days vote covering the 1950-69 era. In the first baseball vote (prior to 1950), black baseball pioneer Bud Fowler and former Black League player, MLB coach, and baseball ambassador Buck O’Neil were elected.

The six new Hall of Fame members will officially take office on July 24 as part of the 2022 class. Of the six members, only Kaat and Oliva are still alive.

Each 16-member committee voted on a ballot consisting of 10 athletes, officers, referees, and / or executives of each era. At least 75% of the votes are required for a candidate to be elected.

Miniso received 14 out of 16 votes in the Golden Days vote, while Hodges, Kurt and Oliva each received 12 votes. Dick Allen lost guidance with one vote.

O’Neill’s 13 votes paved the way for the first baseball vote. The ballot was attended by seven Negro League stars and the top three players from AL and NL.

Hodges is a Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman who hit 370 home runs, won three Gold Glove Awards, and helped the franchise win seven pennants and two World Series championships. After that, he became a businessman and led the New York Mets to the title of the 1969 World Series.

As of Sunday, Hodges, who died suddenly while directing Mets in 1972, was the only player to receive at least 60% of the writer’s ballot votes. His widow Joan was still alive and received a call from the hall.

“I’m thrilled with my mom,” said Hodges’ son Gil. “She is now 95 years old and her next vote wouldn’t have been five years later. I’m glad she enjoyed this day, and she’s part of it.”

Kurt is a durable southpaw who won 283 games in 25 seasons in the Big League, especially the Minnesota Twins. His 16 golden gloves are second only to his fellow Hall of Fame Greg Maddux in any position.

Miniso was the icon of the Chicago White Sox and a pioneer of Latin American players. In his career, including three seasons in the Negro League, he recorded 2,110 his MLB hits, leading the league with three steals and trebles, respectively. “O Cometa Cubano” extended his career by appearing in the Mexican League, returning to the White Sox at the age of 50 in 1976 and the White Sox temporarily at the age of 54 in 1980.

Oliva won three batting titles, including two in the first two seasons, and made five top hits in the Minnesota Twins in 15 years. At the Minnesota Twins, he was also Kurt’s longtime teammate. From Cuba, Pinar del Rio became the first expansion era player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame with less than 2,000 career hits (since 1961).

Growing up in Cooperstown, Fowler is a pioneer in black baseball and the oldest known black professional player. He was skilled in almost every position and formed the Page Fence Giants after playing for an integrated black team in the United States and Canada in the 19th century. This team helped lay the foundation for becoming a Negro League.

Beloved baseball ambassador, O’Neill, had an 80-year baseball career that began as both first baseman and manager of the Kansas City Royals. He then spent many years as a scout for the Chicago Cubs and Royals, and in 1962 he was the first black head coach in the history of AL and NL with the Cubs.

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