Why Isn’t Sam Bankhead in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

By Richard “Pete” Peterson

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Since 1971, over 30 Negro Leagues players and executives have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame based primarily on their careers in the Negro Leagues. One of the most important members of the great Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays teams, however, is not in the Hall of Fame. Sam Bankhead was one of the most accomplished and versatile players in Negro Leagues history. In 1971, Satchel Paige became the first Negro Leagues player to be elected . . .

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