NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – New Year’s Day, 1936Baseball Announces Plans for “Hall of Fame”
New Year’s Day, 1936
New York, NY –
Commissioner Landis announced that a national Hall of Fame is at last in the works. Groundbreaking will begin this spring on the museum, to be located in Cooperstown, NY, widely believed to be the birthplace of the national game. In the meantime, Landis extended an invitation to baseball writers across the country to participate in the selection process for the shrine’s immortals.
Long has the argument been waged over the identity of baseball’s all-time greats. At last, there will be a forum for official recognition of these giants. The Commissioner unveiled the ballot and it reads like a virtual roll call of baseball titans. Writers were asked to vote for no more than ten players. Any player on which three-fourths of the voters agree will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame’s grand opening.
The Commissioner also announced the formation of an Old-Timers Committee to give recognition to the greats from the game’s early days. More details were not given except to say that the voters on the committee would represent the game’s most knowledgeable followers.
The 120 names appearing on the writers’ ballot are listed below.
Pitcher – Babe Adams, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Jim Bagby, Chief Bender, Three Finger Brown, Joe Bush, Jack Chesbro, Eddie Cicotte, Jack Coombs, Wilbur Cooper, Stan Coveleski, Clark Griffith, Walter Johnson, Addie Joss, Sam Leever, Dutch Leonard, Rube Marquard, Christy Mathewson, Carl Mays, Joe McGinnity, George Mullin, Kid Nichols, Orval Overall, Deacon Phillippe, Eddie Plank, Ed Reulbach, Bob Shawkey, Urban Shocker, Jesse Tannehill, Jack Taylor, Hippo Vaughn, Rube Waddell, Ed Walsh, Vic Willis, Smokey Joe Wood, Cy Young
Catchers – Roger Bresnahan, Johnny Kling, Deacon McGuire, Steve O’Neill, Ray Schalk, Hank Severeid
First Base – Jake Beckley, George H. Burns, Frank Chance, Hal Chase, Jake Daubert, Harry Davis, Jack Fournier, Ed Konetchy, Stuffy McInnis, Fred Merkle, Wally Pipp, George Sisler, Fred Tenney
Second Base – Eddie Collins, Larry Doyle, Johnny Evers, Kid Gleason, Miller Huggins, Napoleon Lajoie, Del Pratt, Jimmy Williams
Third Base – Frank Baker, Jimmy Collins, Lave Cross, Art Devlin, Larry Gardner, Heinie Groh, Arlie Latham, Tommy Leach, Hans Lobert, John McGraw, Buck Weaver
Shortstop – Dave Bancroft, Jack Barry, Donie Bush, Bill Dahlen, George Davis, Art Fletcher, Hughie Jennings, Roger Peckinpaugh, Everett Scott, Joe Tinker, Honus Wagner, Bobby Wallace
Outfield – Ginger Beaumont, George J. Burns, Max Carey, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Gavvy Cravath, Sam Crawford, Mike Donlin, Hugh Duffy, Elmer Flick, Topsy Hartsell, Piano Legs Hickman, Harry Hooper, Joe Jackson, Baby Doll Jacobson, Fielder Jones, Willie Keeler, Joe Kelley, Sherry Magee, Bob Meusel, Irish Meusel, Clyde Milan, Wildfire Schulte, Cy Seymour, Jimmy Sheckard, Tris Speaker, George Stone, Roy Thomas, Sam Thompson, Bobby Veach, Zach Wheat, Cy Williams, Ken Williams, Ross Youngs