Darowski: Thoughts on the 2016 Hall of Fame Pre-Integration ballot

From SABR member Adam Darowski at Hall of Stats on October 6, 2015:

The Pre-Integration Ballot is out and there are reasons to be happy and reasons to be disappointed. Today, I’m focusing on why I’m excited.

  • Doc Adams is on the ballot: It’s no secret that I was pulling for Adams to make his first-ever appearance on a Hall of Fame ballot. He was the 2014 SABR Overlooked Nineteenth Century Base Ball Legend and I’ve been in contact with Marjorie, his great-granddaughter, ever since.
  • Bill Dahlen seems poised for induction: Dahlen, who has a 144 Hall Rating, fell just two votes shy in 2013. It seems that everyone assumes he’s going in this year. I’m trying not to get my hopes up.
  • Wes Ferrell returned to the ballot: Ferrell is proof that I can love 20th century players, too. Ferrell is one of the most unique players of all time. He was an overlooked ace (who played in hitters parks in a hitters era) who batted like a #6 hitter. He also had a Koufaxian peak.
  • Harry Stovey is also on the ballot: The 2011 Overlooked Legend, Stovey is a deserving candidate who was left off the ballot in 2013. In fact, according to Graham Womack’s research, Stovey hasn’t been on a ballot since 1955.

Read the full article here: http://www.hallofstats.com/articles/2016-pre-integration-ballot-released?utm_content=20706083

Originally published: October 6, 2015. Last Updated: October 6, 2015.