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 12 finalists, then all SABR members are eligible to cast a vote for the winner. The winner is typically announced at the Nineteenth Century Committee’s annual meeting at the SABR convention.

This December, the Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Committee will meet and vote on eligible candidates for induction whose greatest contributions to the game were realized prior to 1950. This committee is not scheduled to vote again for 10 more years, until 2030.

  • 2020 finalists: Earlier this year, members of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee selected the finalists for the 2020 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 29, and will be open to all SABR members.
  • Vote now! Click here to access the 2020 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 29, 2020.

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.

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