Each year, SABR's Nineteenth Century Research Committee selects its Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legend — a 19th century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Committee members vote to narrow down the ballot to 10 finalists, then all SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner is announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee's annual meeting at the SABR convention.
- 2016 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2016 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists' bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run from June 3 to June 30, and will be open to all SABR members.
- Vote now! Click here to access the 2016 ballot. All SABR members are eligible to vote in the election for this year's Overlooked 19th Century Legend. You *MUST* select five candidates — ranking them from first choice to fifth choice — from among the candidates presented. You are only allowed to vote once. You are on the honor system to submit only one ballot. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Here are the previous Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends:
- 2015: Tony Mullane
- 2014: Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams
- 2013: Ross Barnes
- 2012: Bill Dahlen
- 2011: Harry Stovey
- 2010: Deacon White (elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013)
- 2009: Pete Browning
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