Veterans Committee: Lots of votes, only 1 inductee
Monday, November 17th
By Dr. David J. Fletcher, CBM President
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.