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, will consist of each voter selecting 10 names from the list of 26 candidates. The top 10 will be presented to the SABR membership in May 2018, when all members will be able to vote in the final election. The winner will be announced at the SABR 48 convention this summer in Pittsburgh.
- 2018 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2018 Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend. Click here to download a PDF with the finalists' bios, compiled by project chair Adam Darowski and Joe Williams. Voting in the final election will run until May 28, and will be open to all SABR members.
- Voting is now closed! All SABR members were eligible to vote in the election for this year's Overlooked 19th Century Legend, which ended on Monday, May 28. The winner will be announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee's annual meeting at SABR 48 this summer in Pittsburgh.
Here are the previous Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends:
- 2017: Bob Caruthers
- 2016: Jack Glasscock
- 2015: Tony Mullane
- 2014: Daniel Lucius "Doc" Adams
- 2013: Ross Barnes
- 2012: Bill Dahlen
- 2011: Harry Stovey
- 2010: Deacon White (elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013)
- 2009: Pete Browning
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