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Schlossberg’s Off-Season Report: Men Missing From Veterans Committee Ballot

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The names of only 10 candidates appear on the ballot under study by the Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Veterans Committee.

World Series MVP Lew Burdette should be considered by the Hall of Fame

World Series MVP Lew Burdette should be considered by the Hall of Fame

World Series hero Lew Burdette, who won 203 regular-season games and teamed with Warren Spahn in one of the game’s great right-left tandems, was somehow overlooked.

So was Charley Finley, the enigmatic, mercurial insurance executive whose Oakland A’s won five straight AL West division crowns and three consecutive World Series — even though Finley meddled with his managers and ran his front office virtually without help.

Beyond those two glaring omissions, the ballot looks pretty good: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant, and Maury Wills.

The 16-man committee includes eight Hall of Famers but only one — former pitcher Jim Bunning — whose career started in the ’50s, when Burdette, Hodges, and Minoso were prominent players (Kaat and Wills broke into the big leagues in 1959).

Deliberations will end Dec. 8, when results of the balloting will be announced at the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego.

To ensure election, a played needs at least 75 per cent of the vote — the same standard required for election of eligible players by the Baseball Writers Association of America [BBWAA]. That means 12 or more votes from the committee.

The Golden Era Committee, which meets every third year, chose Ron Santo in 2011, when he received all but one of the 16 votes. Kaat got 10, Hodges and Minoso nine each, and Oliva eight.

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About Dan Schlossberg

Former AP sportswriter Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, NJ has produced 35 baseball books, including autobiographies of Ron Blomberg, Al Clark, and Milo Hamilton. Also a broadcaster, he is the host and executive producer of Braves Banter and Travel Itch Radio and a contributor to Sirius XM.

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