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    Robert Peterson, author of Only the Ball Was White and a member of the 12 person committee to select new Negro League inductees next weekend has died. I haven't seen how they intend to deal with this--go with requiring 9 or 11 votes, drop the standard to 8 of 11, add a new panel member, which might mean a delay could be appropriate at this late date in order to bring the new member up to speed.

    Jim Albright
    Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
    Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
    A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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    I saw that he had died and was wondering the same thing.

    First I don't want to pass up the opportunity to point out that none of this would probably be happening without his book- how hugely ironic that he goes now. Life is just stranger than fiction sometimes.

    On the the Yahoo Negro Leagues group there is a link to a Feb. 9 article by his daughter Margaret. [URL="http://www.mcall.com/news/columnists/all-5jackie-afeb09,0,3099925.column?coll=all-randomcolumnistsnews-misc"]

    Secondly, I hope I'm not being insensitive because I know they are big shoes to fill, but I'd wager there's plenty of qualified replacements here at baseball fever. Heck, I'm just an amateur at this, but I'd love to go (if somebody paid my way). I've been working on my sample ballot all weekend.

    Seriously, I say send John Holway (who has some great new posts at baseballguru.com, by the way.)
    Last edited by Cucamongadan; 02-19-2006, 01:29 AM.

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    • #3
      Holway would certainly be the kind of name who would fit in well. I like John, but he's had a way of politicizing the Negro League issue which has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. That being the case, I'd think he's a longshot for that spot. There certainly are guys who have published stuff that would fit in well, and I think that's what they'd be looking for. OTOH, the Hall is well known for it's head in the sand approach to things, so they might even hope for Peterson to vote this weekend from the grave.

      Jim Albright
      Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
      Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
      A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jalbright
        Holway would certainly be the kind of name who would fit in well. I like John, but he's had a way of politicizing the Negro League issue which has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. That being the case, I'd think he's a longshot for that spot. There certainly are guys who have published stuff that would fit in well, and I think that's what they'd be looking for. OTOH, the Hall is well known for it's head in the sand approach to things, so they might even hope for Peterson to vote this weekend from the grave.

        Jim Albright
        It is a pity that Mr Peterson won't be able to be around , especially with his big contribution to the NL knowledge . We must realize that when his book
        " Only the Ball was White " was published back in 1970 , the Leagues were almost forgotten . He was an igniter of so many other books , and researches done later on . We owe a great deal to him .
        Unfortunately , i see it as you see it , Jim . MLB , will still start to think about the problem on election day . And not very early in the morning .

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        • #5
          Yeah, they might figure out by the end of the day that they're only getting 11 votes because Mr. Peterson isn't casting any, unfortunate as that is.
          Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
          Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
          A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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          • #6
            What a great contribution Mr. Peterson made.

            His book got me interested in the Negro Leagues, he will be sadly missed.

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            • #7
              He voted in absentia

              Peterson's obit was in LA Times today. It said he voted in absentia before his death. He had offered to step off the committee when he realized he would not be able to make it, but the others insisted he vote in absentia. His family got word that they had received his vote on the 11th, the day he died.

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              • #8
                Well, at least they'll have 12 votes. I guess I can live with this, since Peterson deserved as much. The question is, will the others know his votes before or after they voted. If before, there's a real chance his death will be influential here. If not, what did he contribute to this specific election other than a vote? There's no perfect answer to this situation.

                Jim Albright
                Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
                Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
                A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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                • #9
                  just saw an espn show about this weekend's election - glad they did it - it touted buck o'neil a little too much because he was alive and in their face i guess - never mentioned one name of the potential candidates or even considered talking about them but spent a portion of time asking why dave parker wasn't in the hall - they could only muster a 20 minute show minus commercials - seems like they just wanted to touch on the subject and truth is that's all they did

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