Baseball Hall of Fame

by: Duane Leis

History of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball became a national pastime about half way through the 1900s. According to National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, “Stephen C. Clark trying to seek a way to celebrate and protect the National Pastime. He asked National League president Ford C. Frick if he would support the establishment of a Baseball Hall of Fame. This idea was welcomed. On June 12, 1939 the Hall of Fame building officially opened” (1). What the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum is trying to say is that Stephen C. Clark brought up the idea of The First Baseball Hall of Fame. There would not be a baseball hall of fame today if it wasn’t for Stephen C. Clark (National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, 1).

Baseball became a national pastime about half way through the 1900s. According to National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, “Stephen C. Clark trying to seek a way to celebrate and protect the National Pastime. He asked National League president Ford C. Frick if he would support the establishment of a Baseball Hall of Fame. This idea was welcomed. On June 12, 1939 the Hall of Fame building officially opened” (1). What the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum is trying to say is that Stephen C. Clark brought up the idea of The First Baseball Hall of Fame. There would not be a baseball hall of fame today if it wasn’t for Stephen C. Clark (National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, 1).

Rules for Election

For a player to be elected he must meet the following requirements. According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, “the player must have been active as a player in the Major Leagues at some time during a period beginning twenty years before and ending five years prior to election.” (National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Paragraph 4). What the National Baseball Hall of Fame is trying to say is that a player must play at least 15 years, and they can be elected five years after they retire. The player must have played in ten Major League championship seasons; three of the ten games must be played in 15 years (National Baseball Hall of Fame, Paragraph 5). Any player on the baseball’s ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate for election.

Method of Election

According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, “A screening committee consisting of baseball writers will be appointed by the BBWAA” (National Baseball Hall of Fame, Paragraph 10). What the National Baseball Hall of Fame is trying to say is that BBWAA appoints a committee. They are six people in the screening committee. The screening committee prepares a ballot of eligible candidate. Electors than vote for zero to ten players eligible for election. A player is elected into the membership of the national baseball hall of fame if the player receives 75 percent of the ballots cast.

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