Vote now for 2023 SABR Overlooked 19th Century Legend of the Year

John "Bud" Fowler, SABR's 2020 Overlooked 19th Century Legend who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2022 (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)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.

All SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner will be announced this summer during the Nineteenth Century Committee’s business meeting at SABR 51 in Chicago.

Bud Fowler, SABR’s 2020 Overlooked Legend, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and was honored on Induction Day in 2022. The Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Committee, which votes on eligible candidates for induction whose greatest contributions to the game were realized prior to 1950, is next scheduled to vote in 2030.

  • 2023 finalists: Earlier this year, project leaders selected the 12 finalists for the 2023 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to view the finalists’ bios, compiled by project co-chairs Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until June 12, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2023 ballot. All SABR members are eligible to vote in the election for this year’s Overlooked 19th Century Legend. You *MUST* select five candidates — ranking them from first choice to fifth choice — from among the candidates presented. You are only allowed to vote once. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 12, 2023.

Click here for a list of past winners or to learn more about the project.

Originally published: May 24, 2023. Last Updated: May 24, 2023.