SABR Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends

Moses Fleetwood Walker (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)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.

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.

  • 2023 Election: Click here to read biographies of the 28 candidates for the 2023 Overlooked 19th Century Legend election. Voting for the primary election closed on March 16, 2023. Stay tuned for updates about the 2023 general election, which will be open to all SABR members.

The Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Committee, which votes on eligible candidates for induction whose greatest contributions to the game were realized prior to 1950, is next scheduled to vote in 2030.

Here are the previous Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legends:

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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.