Negro Leaguers and the Hall of Fame

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About the Book

Since 1971, 35 Negro League baseball players and executives have been admitted to the Hall of Fame. The Negro League Hall of Fame admissions process, which has now been conducted in four phases over a 50-year period, can be characterized as idiosyncratic at best. Drawing on baseball analytics and surveys of both Negro League historians and veterans, this book presents an historical overview of NLHOF voting, with an evaluation of whether the 35 NL players selected were the best choices. Using modern metrics such as Wins Above Replacement (WAR), 24 additional Negro Leaguers are identified who have Hall of Fame qualifications. Brief biographies are included for HOF–quality players and executives who have been passed over, along with reasons why they may have been excluded. A proposal is set forth for a consistent and orderly HOF voting process for the Negro Leagues.

About the Author(s)

SABR member Steven Greenes is a practicing attorney living in New York City.

Bibliographic Details

Steven R. Greenes
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 30 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7268-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4111-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “A well written, well researched, useful, and interesting book. I consider myself relatively well versed in Negro League history, and it raised my awareness of several players and individuals that I was either unaware of or vaguely aware of.”—Richard Puerzer, Hofstra University

• “A fascinating collection of statistical and factual data, marshaled to make a compelling case that there are at least twenty-four Negro Leagues and associated players/executives who deserve to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame.”—Thomas Aiello, The Kings of Casino Park: Black Baseball In the Lost Season of 1932