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Veterans Committee: Lots of votes, only 1 inductee

Monday, November 17th
By Dr. David J. Fletcher, CBM President

Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President

Dr. David Fletcher

This year’s Golden Era Hall of Fame vote is that panel’s second meeting to consider candidates whose main contribution to baseball came between 1947 and 1972 – popularized as the Golden Era of baseball.

All candidates receiving at least 12 of 16 votes (75 percent) will gain election into the Hall of Fame for a July 26, 2015 ceremonial induction.

No living player has been selected by the Veteran’s Committee, which looks at Hall of Fame caliber players overlooked and no longer eligible via the Baseball Writers America Association (BBWAA) vote, since Bill Mazeroski was selected in 2001.

The Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors reformed the system radically with new rules enacted in Aug. 2001. Formerly, 15 members of the Veterans Committee were appointed to limited terms. The new Veterans Committee would comprise all living members of the Hall and recipients of the Spink and Frick awards to writers and broadcasters.



Sox historian's view:
'Billy the Kid' a sure Hall of Famer

Billy Pierce shows off his pitching form in Yankee Stadium, site of many of his duels with Whitey Ford.

Billy Pierce shows off his pitching form in Yankee Stadium, site of many of his duels with Whitey Ford.

By Mark Liptak
Posted on Friday, November 21st

Editor’s Note: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era Veterans’ Committee votes on Sunday, Dec. 7, in San Diego to elect up to four new members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The results of the vote will be announced on Dec. 8. The Chicago Baseball Museum will be in San Diego covering this historic vote.

This year the White Sox have five former players on the 10-person ballot (Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Jim Kaat, Dick Allen, and Ken Boyer) — the most of any big-league franchise.

CBM will be advocating for the Sox candidates. Before the vote, the CBM will feature stories on several of these players.

The first entry features Billy Pierce, who has not been on a Hall of Fame ballot since dropping off that of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s main vote in 1974. Former ace lefty Pierce was considered by the Historical Overview Committee for inclusion on Veteran’s Committee ballots in 2003, '05, '07 and '09, but never made the final cut.

He barely got the time of day from the BBWAA voters, lingering in the 1-2 percent range in five years on the ballot (1970-74). He peaked in 1971 with a mere seven votes. Pierce never made any Veterans Committee-type ballot before 2014.

As Sox historian Mark Liptak argues in his piece below, Billy Pierce is deserving of the Hall of Fame. Michigan judge Mark J. Plawecki, in a 2006 book, How Could You Trade Billy Pierce? STORY >>

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A multi-media celebration of Chicago’s own Double Duty Radcliffe

'Double Duty' Ted Radcliffe: Chicago's own Negro League superstar

Double Duty Ted Radcliffe was Chicago’s own Negro League superstar. Those who knew him and his work insist Duty would have been a star big-leaguer behind the plate and a very competent starting pitcher had the color line not been firmly entrenched in the prime of his career.

In connection with the DD Classic and as a permanent way to honor Duty, the Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting this special tribute to the great man and also assisted with the Double Duty exhibit at the DuSable Museum. On our 'Double Duty' microsite, we recount his long career with his own words, photos that show the ballplayer, the colorful personality and as a special treat, Duty’s own taped recollections from WGN-TV’s 1992 “Chicago American Giants” special.

Visit the 'Double Duty' microsite >>
Visit White Sox’ Double Duty Classic >>

Jack Brickhouse: Our man
for all sports seasons

Jack Brickhouse: Our man for all seasons

Jack Brickhouse enjoyed a life of firsts. He was the first voice heard on WGN-TV when it signed on 1948. He was the first Chicago voice heard on a trans-Atlantic satellite broadcast in 1962. He called eight no-hitters, six Gale Sayers touchdowns in one game and the better part of 45 runs scored in a 1979 Cubs-Phillies contest.

The Chicago Baseball Museum pays tribute to Brickhouse in this special Jack Brickhouse microsite at a time the Cubs are honoring him with a special bobblehead day, as part of their Wrigley Field 100th anniversary celebration. The website recalls different facets of Brickhouse’s life, including stories, photos from the collection of Pat Brickhouse, Jack’s wife, and a wide variety of video and audio highlights from his career.

Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>
Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
Jack Brickhouse Friday >>

CBM assists Elmhurst Historical Museum with 'Chicago Civil Wars' Cubs/Sox exhibit

CBM assists Elmhurst Historical Museum with 'Chicago Civil Wars' Cubs/Sox exhibit

If you want to appropriately emphasize “civil wars,” then have drawings of opposing cannons in ballparks facing off at one end of your exhibit, then feature a giant photo of Michael Barrett landing a right hand on A.J. Pierzynski’s “grill” (thanks, Ed Farmer) at the opposite end.

Admission is free. For more information, call 630-833-1457.



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