Over many years at South Side Sox, we conducted our own yearly Hall of Fame voting, to see how the opinions of White Sox fans matched up vs. Hall of Fame voters (spoiler alert: We’re smarter).
Two years ago, we also created our own White Sox Hall of Fame, honoring not only the greatest players in White Sox history, but the most memorable games, teams, contributors, promotions, and so on.
You’ll have noticed that some of our content has migrated over to South Side Hit Pen, and this year’s round of Hall of Fame votes is no different. Later this month, we’ll do our Class of 2020 Hall of Fame voting (Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, et al.) over there, and in January, we’ll have the third annual White Sox Hall of Fame vote.
But when Harold Baines was elected to Cooperstown via a Veteran’s Committee ballot in 2018, it sparked an idea for a third round of voting, now being hosted at South Side Hit Pen: our own Veteran’s Committee ballot.
There are dozens of worthy players who for one reason or another — oh, let’s just say it, baseball writer ignorance — have dropped off of the ballot. Given the fact that only Ted Simmons was elected in the latest round of voting last week, the Hall of Fame voters aren’t getting any smarter or more generous. We seek to remedy that.
Nearly mirroring the ballot of 32 players for the regular election, there are 30 players comprising our inaugural Veteran’s Committee ballot.
Just like in the regular Hall of Fame election, you may vote for up to 10 players, and candidates who don’t receive at least 5% of the vote will fall off the ballot.
Voting ends early on Friday, December 27.
Vote here, and spread the word.
Also, if you feel a player has been overlooked, feel free to make a mention in the comments; although there are easily 50 more modern-era candidates that could have been on the ballot, this election is definitely thin on pre-1960 players.