Hall of Fame Survey

This article was written by L. Robert Davids

This article was published in the 1974 Baseball Research Journal


The Society for American Baseball Research recently completed a survey of Hall of Fame candidates who made a valuable contribution to baseball outside of playing.  Sixteen sample names of executives, managers, and umpires were provided and members were asked to supply nominees of their own and then vote for five or fewer in order of rank.   Five points were awarded to the person receiving a first-place vote, four points for second, etc.   Sixty-two ballots were submitted and 29 different managers, executives, umpires, and other baseball personalities received at least one vote.   Here are the top vote-getters.

1

Al Lopez

114

 

10

Frank Selee

33

2

Tom Yawkey

96

 

11

Barney Dreyfuss

29

3

Leo Durocher

79

 

12

Charlie Grimm

26

4

William Hulbert

71

 

13

Donie Bush

21

5

Ned Hanlon

64

 

14

Bill Dinneen

19

6

Bucky Harris

57

 

15

John T. Brush

17

7

Bill McGowan

42

 

16

Billy Southworth

15

8

Warren Giles

37

 

17

Phil Wrigley

12

9

Jimmy Dykes

34

 

18

Bill Veeck, Jr.

6

An interim report of this vote was supplied to the Veterans Committee of the Hall of Fame for their consideration in the January 1974 selections.  Obviously, it had no bearing on their selection as they elected Umpire Jocko Conlon.   The umpires are in rather a gray area in the Hall of Fame selections; only a handful have so far been selected.   Four received votes in the SABR survey.  In addition to McGowan and Dinneen above, there were Robert Emslie and Hank O’Day.  In the future, consideration also should be given to those who had a combination of talents such as player-managers Al Lopez, Ned Hanlon, Bucky Harris, Jimmy Dykes, etc.

The above Hall of Fame survey complements the survey conducted by SABR in 1971 on former players who were prime candidates for selection.  Here is a list of the leading vote getters in that survey.  The Society is happy to see that three of the top dozen candidates have now been selected.  There names are encircled:

1

Sam Thompson

136

 

7

Amos Rusie

51

2

Chuck Klein

115

 

8

Ernie Lombardi

47

3

Roger Connor

95

 

9

Jim Bottomley

44

4

Mickey Welch

91

 

10

Hack Wilson

40

5

Arky Vaughan

56

 

11

Carl Mays

37

6

Earl Averill

55

 

12

Harry Stovey

29

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