Two ex-Reds finalists for HOF
The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday that 10 finalists have been named for a special pre-integration ballot for election to the 2013 class.
Two of them include former Reds Tony Mullane and Bucky Walters. There are a total of six players, three executives and one umpire among the finalists. Pre-integration candidates are those who made their most significant impacts on the game prior to the color barrier being broken in 1947 by Jackie Robinson.
Mullane won 284 games in 13 major league seasons from 1881-1894, hurling complete games in 468 of his 504 career starts. Won 30 or more games in each of his first five full seasons. Posted a career 284-220 record, with a 3.05 lifetime era.
Walters pitched 19 seasons in the major leagues, from 1934-1950, compiling a 198-160 lifetime record, with a 3.30 era in 428 games/398 starts. Named 1939 NL MVP Award, posting a 27-11 record, with a 2.29 ERA, winning the pitching Triple Crown with 137 strikeouts. Named to five All-Star teams. Converted from infielder following his first four seasons in the majors from 1931-34.
Both Mullane and Walters are already members of the Reds Hall of Fame.
According to the the Baseball Hall of Fame press release, “all candidates will be considered based on the totality of their careers in the game…Candidates who receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 28, 2013, along with any electees who emerge from the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 9.”
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