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It was just announced from the winter meetings that the veterans committee has elected umpire Doug Harvey and Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Said Commissioner Selig of the voting results, "I am very pleased that the Veterans Committee has elected Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Doug set a very high standard for the umpires of his generation and those who followed. Whitey had a great impact on our game, managing consistently winning teams with a unique combination of speed and defense. I congratulate both Whitey and Doug on this highest honor and I look forward to their induction on July 25th.”
Results of the 2009 Managers/Umpires Ballot (12 votes needed for election):
- Doug Harvey (15 votes, 93.8 percent)
- Whitey Herzog (14 votes, 87.5 percent)
- Danny Murtaugh (8 votes, 50 percent)
- Hank O’Day (8 votes, 50 percent)
- Charlie Grimm (3 votes, 18.8%)
- Davey Johnson, Tom Kelly, Billy Martin, Gene Mauch and Steve O’Neill each received less than 3 votes.
While Harvey and Herzog were elected by the Managers and Umpires committee, no executives reached the requisite 75 percent of the vote for inclusion in the 2010 class by way of the Veterans Committee for Executives and Pioneers. That would include former MLBPA executive director Marvin Miller who received 7 of 12 votes. The highest vote receiver as an executive was former Tigers owner John Fetzer who garnered 8 of 12.
Complete committee results of the 2009 Executives/Pioneers Ballot (9 votes needed for election):
- John Fetzer (8 votes, 66.7%)
- Marvin Miller (7 votes, 58.3%)
- Jacob Ruppert (7 votes, 58.3%)
- Ewing Kauffman (6 votes, 50 percent)
- Gene Autry, Sam Breadon, Bob Howsam, John McHale, Gabe Paul and Bill White each received less than 3 votes.
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