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New Candidates

1956 New Candidates

new_japan_1956_13In 1956, eight more slots await would-be HoMErs. With a record-tying nine honorees in 1951, we finally used the one remaining deferred slot from our inaugural 1901 election. Our long national nightmare is over.

This election promises another big class. The newbies include a nice guy, a guy with a psychsoid career who was probably second-best hitting pitcher of the 1930s, and the first player to volunteer for World War II as well as the first to earn an $80,000 salary for one season.

We carry over two slots from 1906, two from 1921, five from 1931, and three from 1941 for a total of 20 possible honorees. Let’s get after those 1906 slots!

F = Hall of Fame member
M = Hall of Merit member
S = Hall of Stats member

Newly Eligible in 1951

Luke Appling (F,M,S)
Spud Chandler
Mort Cooper
Frank Crosetti
Roy Cullenbine
Bill Dickey (F,M,S)
Lonny Frey
Augie Galan
Joe Gordon (F,M,S)
Hank Greenberg (F,M,S)
Stan Hack (M)
Mel Harder
Jeff Heath
Tommy Henrich
Billy Herman (F,M)
Pinky Higgins
Ken Keltner (of Keltner List fame)
Joe Kuhel
Thorton Lee
Ernie Lombardi (F)
Frank McCormick
Joe Medwick (F,M,S)
Mel Ott (F,M,S)
Claude Passeau
Schoolboy Rowe
Red Ruffing (F,M,S)
Cecil Travis
Hal Trosky
Arky Vaughan (F,M,S)
Dixie Walker
Bucky Walters
Rudy York

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