Baseball Hall of Fame announces 2022 Early Baseball and Golden Days Era ballots

NOVEMBER 5, 2021 — The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced the 10-person ballots that will be considered by its Early Baseball Era Committee and Golden Days Era Committee for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2022. The results of the Early Baseball Era Committee vote and the Golden Days Era Committee vote will be announced live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 5.

The Early Baseball Era voting electorate includes SABR members Gary Ashwill, Adrian Burgos Jr., Leslie Heaphy, Justice Hill, Steve Hirdt, and John Thorn. Burgos and Hirdt are also part of the Golden Days Era voting electorate.

Seven Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues legends and three American League/National League stars comprise the 10-name Early Baseball Era ballot, which features candidates whose primary contribution to the game came prior to 1950. The Golden Days Era Committee considers candidates whose primary contribution to the game came from 1950-69.

The Early Baseball Era ballot includes Bill Dahlen, John Donaldson, Bud Fowler, Vic Harris, Grant “Home Run” Johnson, Lefty O’Doul, Buck O’Neil, Dick “Cannonball” Redding, Allie Reynolds, and George “Tubby” Scales.

The Golden Days Era ballot includes Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Roger Maris, Minnie Miñoso, Danny Murtaugh, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, and Maury Wills. Of this group, Kaat, Oliva and Wills are living.

Click on a link above to read SABR biographies for these players.

Originally published: November 5, 2021. Last Updated: December 5, 2021.