SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends

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.

Committee members vote to narrow down the ballot to 10 finalists, then all SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner is announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee's annual meeting at the SABR convention.

The preliminary voting process, which we call the Overlooked Legends Primary Election, consisted of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 25 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in the spring of 2019, when all members can vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 49 convention this summer in San Diego.

  • 2019 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2019 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists' bios, compiled by project co-chairs Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until June 10, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2019 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. You are on the honor system to submit only one ballot. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE CAST PRIOR TO 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Here are the previous Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends:

Pioneer Profiles: Click here to learn more about our new Pioneer Profiles, which will honor 19th-century figures who made non-playing and other contributions to the game. 

To receive e-mail announcements on the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends Project and other committee announcements, click the "Join Group" button here.

For more information on the Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends Project, contact project co-chairs Adam Darowski or Joe Williams, or visit the project's Facebook page.