2012 Veteran’s Committee Ballot

Just got a first look at the 2012 Veteran’s Committee ballot. It contains 10 names and covers the period 1876-1946. Here (alphabetically) are the names on the ballot:

1. Sam Breadon–Cardinals owner who hired Branch Rickey

2. Bill Dahlen–Deadball Era shortstop

3. Wes Ferrell–1930s AL pitcher

4. Marty Marion–1940s Cardinals shortstop and MVP

5. Tony Mullane–1880s American Association pitcher and later sports writer

6. Hank O’Day–Deadball Era umpire

7. Alfred Reach–“Reach Guide” founder and sporting goods magnate

8. Jacob Ruppert–owner of the New York Yankees 1920s and 1930s

9. Bucky Walters–1930s-40s National League pitcher who won both an MVP and 1940 World Series

10. Deacon White–19th Century bare handed catcher and third baseman.

That’s the list. Will comment on it later. Election day is 3 December.

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2 Responses to “2012 Veteran’s Committee Ballot”

  1. William Miller Says:

    That’s a strange and interesting list. I’d like to see Wes Ferrell make it in. He’s certainly more deserving than his brother, Rick.

  2. Glen Russell Slater Says:

    William, that’s EXACTLY what I was going to say.

    I know that my father would love to see Marty Marion get in. He’s often talked about “Slats” Marion. In fact, with the last name of “Slater”, as a kid growing up in the ’40s, when Marion was at his peak, my father and Marion shared the same nickname. “Slats”. Marion had the nickname because he was so thin; my father got it because it was short for “Slater” (even though Slater is pronounced with a long “a”), and maybe my father’s friends more or less also named him after Marty Marion, too!

    Marion was a GREAT fielder.

    Glen Slater

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