Baseball Hall Of Famers Announced For 2022

Damon Parks - 09 Dec 2021

For 2022, at least six new members will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sunday evening saw several significant votes announced. From the Hall of Fame’s Early Baseball Era Committee came the announcement that Negro League legends Buck O’Neil and Bud Bowler had been voted into Cooperstown. And from the Golden Days Era Committee came votes for Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, and Gil Hodges.

It’s nearly impossible to find a reason not to support the vote for O’Neil. An icon of the Negro Leagues, O’Neil had been a fine player who featured in three All-Star Games across 10 Negro League campaigns. Once done with his playing days, he also founded the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame in Kansas City and became the first Black coach in the history of the sport.

O’Neil sadly passed away aged 94 in 2006. Today, the Buck O’Neil Award carries his name and is handed out annually to the player whose efforts are considered to have helped baseball have a positive impact on society.

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Hodges One Of The Finest

And then, of course, there’s the legendary Hodges – a man for the longest time considered one of those most worthy to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

An incredible eight-time All Star, Hodges played 18 seasons with the Mets and the Dodgers before retiring as a star hitter with 1,921 hits and 370 beautiful homers.

Tragically, Hodges was only 47 when he died in 1972.

Hodges had been as fine a Dodger as they come, said Dodgers president Stan Kastan following Sunday’s announcement. Kastan said the franchise is greatly looking forward to honouring Hodges as a member of Cooperstown in 2022.

Remembering Minoso

But not unlike O’Neil and Hodges, Minoso’s induction vote is long overdue also.

One of the league’s first Latino players (and All-Stars), Minoso was also the first Black Cuban player to star in the big leagues. Having spent the biggest part of his playing career with the White Sox, he finished with 2,110 hits and 195 home runs. Minoso died in 2015. He was 89.

Commenting on Minoso’s induction had been son Charlie Rice-Minoso, who said in a statement how the incredible honour would have meant the world to his father. He said his dad had been a believer in the American dream – and also lived that dream.

As for Kaat, who remains alive and well at 83, the MLB remains very much part of his life. He continues to call games for the MLB Network.

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