Graham Womack over at Baseball Past And Present has put together a poll to try to determine The 25 Most Important People in Baseball History. A ballot with 189 of baseball’s most memorable players, executives and other figures can be found here. Please VOTE HERE
I submitted a ballot, and I urge you to submit one as well.
My choices were more personal than objective, and they may have a slight Yankee bias, but I thought I’d share my votes with you.
Some people I didn’t choose:
Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens. As far as I’m concerned, these guys can all line up in a circle, shoot steroids in each others right butt cheek and kiss the Hall of Fame goodbye.
Pete Rose- I’ve written about Pete before. He can still suck it.
Hal Chase- A cancer to the game, a terrible teammate, and an all-around scumbag.
Kennesaw Mountain Landis- I’ve touched on baseball’s 1st Commissioner before. I called him an important object of the game. Important like HIV is to AIDS. I personally think he stunted the growth of baseball when he did nothing to integrate the game. He deserves no accolades.
Roger Kahn- Not a fan, “Boys of Summer” is overrated.
Albert Spalding- sold baseball to the World
Babe Ruth- if he’s not on every ballot, I’d be very surprised.
Ban Johnson- No American League without him.
Bill James- His Baseball Historical Abstract is a must read.
Branch Rickey- Integrated baseball
Casey Stengel-a true character of the game
Christy Mathewson- helped turn being a baseball player into a worthy profession.
Connie Mack- 50 years as a Manager
Dr Harold Seymour- a Pioneer of Baseball History
George Steinbrenner- an owner that put winning above all else
Hank Aaron- the true Home Run King
Happy Chandler- a Commissioner that didn’t stand in the way of integration.
Harry Wright- professional baseball starts here.
Henry Chadwick- the 1st baseball statistician
J. G. Taylor Spink- not so much for the man, but for The Sporting News
Jackie Robinson- another must have on this list
John Thorn- MLB historian of the early days of baseball
Ken Burns- Baseball is a thing of beauty.
Vin Scully- nobody does it better
L. Robert Davids- SABR is baseball
Lawrence Ritter- The Glory of Their Times is a seminal work, that should be read by all.
Lou Gehrig- Yankee bias for a great player
Mickey Mantle- More Yankee bias, but would there be a baseball memorabilia industry without the Mick?
Sean Forman- Baseball Reference is the greatest baseball site on the web.
Bobby Murcer- all baseball for me starts with Bobby Murcer