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Veterans committee Hall of Fame ballot has Tiant, Finley, Santo, Hodges

 

Baseball Hall of Fame (courtesy of NBHOF via wikipedia commons)

The Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee consisting of Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy LaSorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams will have their hands full when they meet on December 5 at the winter meetings in Dallas.

The committee, totaling 16 members, will be looking at candidates from the “Golden Era” of baseball 1947-1972 to put the Hall for 2012.

The list includes Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Luis Tiant.

Hodges was an eight-time All-Star, who helped lead the Dodgers to seven pennants and two World Series. As a manager, he led the New York Mets to their first World Championship in 1969.

Bavasi led the Dodgers to four World Series and eight NL championships when he general manager from 1951-1967.

Finley was owner of the Oakland A’s from 1960-1980. He was very colorful, as was his teams with their white shoes, different sets of uniforms involving, California gold, white and Kelly green. His teams won three World titles.

Candidates have to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballot to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Candidates elected will be inducted in July 22 festivities along with players selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on January 9.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Baseball Hall of Fame, Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday, September 22, the 265th day of 2010. We have 100 days left before 2011 arrives. The season of AUTUMN will arrive at 11:09 TONIGHT.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On September 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Captain Nathan Hale, age 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

* In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states would be free as of January 1, 1863.

* In 1927, Gene Tunney successfully defended his heavyweight boxing title against Jack Dempsey in the famous “long count” fight in Chicago.

* In 1964, the musical Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway. It ran for 3,242 performances.

* In 1975, Sara Jane Moore shot at President Gerald R. Ford outside a San Francisco hotel but missed. Moore served 32 years in prison before being paroled on December 31, 2007.

* In 1980, the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into a war that lasted almost eight years.

* In 1989, songwriter Irving Berlin died at age 101.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Walter Alston (L), Tommy LaSorda (R). Tommy is 83 today. (photo courtesy of Joe Santry & Clippers)

83 Tommy LaSorda, baseball Hall of Fame manager.

59 David Coverdale, rock singer for the bands, Deep Purple & Whitesnake.

54 Debby Boone, singer and daughter of crooner Pat Boone.

52 Andrea Bocelli, classical crossover singer.

45 Scott Baio, actor.

Hinch is out as Arizona manager; Gibson is in

compiled from staff and wire reports

The ownership of the Arizona Diamondbacks have shaken up the front office and the dugout.

General manager Josh Byrnes, three years ago coveted as a genius and given an unheard of eight-year contact extension, was fired recently along with young manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was 34 games under .500 in less than one full season on the job.

Kirk Gibson Arizona interim manager (mlb)

A.J. Hinch (mlb)

A name so recognizable with winning and hard-nosed play, Kirk Gibson, moves up from being the bench coach to become interim manager. Former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto moves from vice president of player personnel to interim general manager.

The shakeup happened as the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a 10-game home stand anchored in last place in the NL West for the second year in a row, 15 games behind the San Diego Padres.

The 36-year-old Hinch, is the fourth manager to lose his job this year. In order, Trey Hillman of Kansas City, Dave Trembley of Baltimore and Fredi Gonzalez of Florida preceded him in getting a pink slip.

Kirk Gibson will bring a tough, no-nonesense, ol-school baseball attitude to the job. He is used to winning have played for Sparky Anderson and Tommy LaSorda.

He hit .268 with 255 home runs, 870 RBI’s and 284 stolen bases in 17 seasons as a major league outfielder with Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.