Carhart: The next steps for the Hall Ball Project

From SABR member Ralph Carhart at The Hall Ball on October 23, 2018:

A while back, soon after the death of umpire Doug Harvey, I began to wonder if The Hall Ball could be “complete” without me actually getting all (currently) 323 photos. I have photographed all 240 deceased members of the Hall, as well as 77 living ones. Only six living members remain. They are: Ken Griffey Jr., Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver.

So it was, while attending Induction Weekend 2018, that I decided that this year’s class was going to be the final one. I would continue to put in all due-diligence to try and reach the final six but if I did not succeed by the end of this year’s baseball season (which also happens to be one month before the Veteran’s Committee announces their choices for the Class of 2019), I was going to donate the ball to the Hall of Fame as-is.


Now, the end of the season is rapidly approaching. The World Series begins tonight. So, last week, I quietly submitted the ball to The Hall of Fame Accessions Committee for their consideration. They only meet once a month, and I really wanted the process complete before the Class of 2019 was announced.

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Originally published: October 24, 2018. Last Updated: October 24, 2018.