SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends

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.

The preliminary voting process, which we call the Overlooked Legends Primary Election, will consist of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 26 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in May 2018, when all members will be able to vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.

  • Candidate bios: Click the link below to download a PDF file with the 26 candidates for 2018 and a brief explanation of their baseball accomplishments and/or contributions to our national pastime. You can download the PDF with biographies for the 26 candidates by clicking on this link:

Here are the previous Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends:

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For more information on the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends Project, contact Project Chairman Adam Darowski or visit the project's Facebook page.