Willis: The legend the Baseball Hall of Fame forgot, Ross Barnes

From Jasmine Willis at the Genesee County Express on November 11, 2015, with mention of SABR member Gary Passamonte:

A contemporary of the great Albert Spalding is having a hard time getting his mark on the Baseball Hall of Fame.

It is like something you would see out of a great sports film — a local baseball hero being overlooked by the ones who keep legacies alive, because he is a shade under the required laws of the trade. A system that was birthed long after the legend himself passed away into history’s time capsule; visited only by those who know the pioneers of the day.

One man is putting in the ultimate struggle to get the local born baseball hero where he belongs.

Mount Morris resident and Ross Barnes fan, Gary Passamonte is trying with all of his might to make this happen.

Barnes was born Roscoe Conkling “Ross” Barnes, and was a national phenomenon of his day in the mid to late 1800s. Passamonte feels he has a rather impressive resume, and a story earning him the honor of joining the other great sports heroes of his day in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Read the full article here: http://www.dansvilleonline.com/article/20151111/NEWS/151119926

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Originally published: November 12, 2015. Last Updated: November 12, 2015.