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2022 Gallery of Renown

December 11, 2021
Hi all,

It's that time again …

For Bill James Online veterans, you'll recognize the "GOR" - The Gallery of Renown. For those of you who are newer members, I think you'll enjoy this. It's a chance to participate, express your opinion, and, eventually, vote. Once again, Terry (member name "Ventboys") and I are coordinating on the project.

The GOR was created by our late, great friend Bob Gregory (Rgregory1956) back in 2011. The premise is simple: What if the baseball Hall of Fame had begun 50 years sooner than it actually did? What if the first Hall of Fame ballot was sent out in 1885?

We’ll let Bob explain the premise - this is his original post:

This is the basic premise of the GOR (Gallery of Renown): Chadwick and a group of baseball powers decided to open a GOR in 1885, electing one player per year. But instead of a yes/no, in/out type of ballot like the real Hall of Fame uses, instead, a ballot very much like the MVP vote is used. Each year, starting in 1885, voters submitted their ballots, ranking their ten most deserving of enshrinement in order. The leading vote-getter was elected.

Some specifics —

• Bob did away with the 75 percent voting threshold for election in favor of quotas. From 1885 (the first election) through 1899 there would be one player elected each year.

• From 1900 forward there would be two players elected each year.

• Separate elections are held for managers and for contributors every ten years

• Manager elections were held in years ending with zero

• Contributor elections held in years ending with a five.

• Elections are modeled after the annual BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) MVP award votes. Each ballot consists of ten names, listed in order of preference. The points for each position on the ballot are awarded on a 14-11-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale. The only exceptions were the early manager and contributor ballots, which elected just one and included four names.

Bob Gregory passed away on September 13, 2016 after a decade of battling a variety of serious illnesses. He was 60 years old. Many of us knew him, and all of us who knew him miss him terribly.  
We promised to continue the GOR as Bob’s proxy, and we will hold these elections every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas to coincide with that other one in Cooperstown. Terry ("Ventboys") and I coordinate on the kickoff, management of the process, and posting of the final results.


The basic protocols: 
  • The lists are in alphabetical order. 
  • The number to the left of the player reflects the number of years he’s been on the ballot, including this year.  
  • If the player finished in the top ten last year, we list his finish to the right of the player’s name. 
  • When it's time to vote, you vote for ten players and put them in order like it’s an MVP ballot. 
  • The scoring is 14 for a 1st place vote, 11 for 2nd, then 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 

A few notes about the voting: 
  • Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling were last year’s inductees. 
  • Five returning candidates received between 239 and 291 points in the 2021 voting, so 2022 might come down to a single ballot. There were big gaps between Scott Rolen in seventh (239), Gary Sheffield in eighth (193), Kenny Lofton in ninth (132) and Jim Edmonds in 10th (83).
  • Each of the top 10, including Edmonds, received at least one first-place vote. Bernie Williams, who finished 15th in the voting, also received two first-place votes. A total of 32 players made a ballot.
  • The BBWAA shortened its eligibility period to 10 years, but the GOR uses 15 years. A couple of players exhausted their eligibility in 2019 (Willie McGee and Tony Phillips), but the closest anyone comes to the deadline this year is David Cone, who is appearing on his 12th ballot.  
  • We always include a few candidates who have little or no chance of getting votes so Terry can riff on ‘em. If we missed anybody, bring him up in the comments section.  

This year’s returning candidates:

The number to the left of the player’s name is the number of years he has been on the ballot. Returning top ten finishers are marked with last year’s finish.

3 Bobby Abreu 
4 Lance Berkman 
12 Kevin Brown 
2 Mark Buehrle
13 David Cone 
8 Carlos Delgado 
7 Jim Edmonds (10th)
3 Jason Giambi
6 Vlad Guerrero (6th)
4 Roy Halladay (5th)
5 Todd Helton 
7 Trevor Hoffman 
2 Tim Hudson
2 Torii Hunter
5 Andruw Jones 
8 Jeff Kent 
12 Kenny Lofton (9th)
5 Jamie Moyer 
11 Rafael Palmiero 
4 Andy Pettite 
6 Jorge Posada 
6 Manny Ramirez (4th)
5 Scott Rolen (7th)
6 Johan Santana 
8 Gary Sheffield (8th)
10 Sammy Sosa 
5 Omar Vizquel 
7 Billy Wagner 
12 Larry Walker (3rd)
11 Bernie Williams 
Adam Dunn, Roy Oswalt and Cliff Lee did not get any votes, so they are off the ballot. There were no 15th-year candidates; David Cone (13th) is the elder statesman of the 2022 ballot.

This year’s new candidates: 
Michael Bourn
Chris Capuano
Joba Chamberlain
Carl Crawford
Coco Crisp
Jose Fernandez
Prince Fielder
Roberto Hernandez
Tyler Holt
Ryan Howard
Don Kelly
Tim Lincecum
Kyle Lohse
Justin Morneau
Joe Nathan
David Ortiz
Jonathon Papelbon
Jake Peavy
A.J. Pierzynski
Alex Rodriguez
Jimmy Rollins
David Ross
Mark Teixeira
B.J. Upton
Juan Uribe
There are always a few weird ones on the new list because it’s completely at Terry’s discretion.
Schedule particulars: 
  • Discussion starts now.  Don’t vote yet, and don’t vote here.  Before the voting starts, there's discussion and debate. I started a thread on Reader Posts here.  We encourage you to participate in the discussion.
  • Voting will commence in a separate article on December 18.  
  • Voting closes December 31
  • Results will be announced shortly thereafter. 
  • Have fun.  
 That was all Bob cared about – that we had fun with the process.

Members of GOR, by year of election:
2021 Curt Schilling, Mike Mussina

2020 Derek Jeter, John Smoltz … Bruce Bochy, Tommy Lasorda
2019 Mariano Rivera, Jim Thome
2018 Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine
2017 Craig Biggio, Ivan Rodriguez
2016 Ken Griffey Jr, Frank Thomas
2015 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez.....Vin Scully, Frank Jobe
2014 Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza
2013 Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens
2012 Fred McGriff, Andre Dawson
2011 Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez
2010 Barry Larkin, Roberto Alomar.....Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa
2009 Rickey Henderson, Darrell Evans
2008 Tim Raines, Mark McGwire
2007 Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn
2006 Kirby Puckett, Will Clark
2005 Wade Boggs, Goose Gossage.....Joe Garagiola, Mel Allen
2004 Paul Molitor, Dennis Eckersley
2003 Eddie Murray, Ryne Sandberg
2002 Ozzie Smith, Alan Trammell
2001 Dave Winfield, Lou Whitaker
2000 Nolan Ryan, Carlton Fisk.....Whitey Herzog, Sparky Anderson
1999 George Brett, Robin Yount
1998 Gary Carter, Bert Blyleven
1997 Pete Rose, Graig Nettles
1996 Ted Simmons, Keith Hernandez
1995 Mike Schmidt, Bobby Grich.....Buck O'Neil, Lefty O'Doul
1994 Steve Carlton, Don Sutton
1993 Reggie Jackson, Phil Niekro
1992 Tom Seaver, Fergie Jenkins
1991 Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry
1990 Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer.....Earl Weaver, Dick Williams
1989 Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski
1988 Willie Stargell, Luis Tiant
1987 Roger Maris, Luis Aparicio
1986 Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda
1985 Lou Brock, Dick Allen.....Marvin Miller, Harry Caray
1984 Billy Williams, Joe Torre
1983 Brooks Robinson, Harmon Killebrew
1982 Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson
1981 Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal
1980 Al Kaline, Ron Santo.....Walter Alston, Leo Durocher
1979 Willie Mays, Nellie Fox
1978 Roberto Clemente, Hoyt Wilhelm
1977 Ernie Banks, Jim Bunning
1976 Ken Boyer, Don Drysdale
1975 Willard Brown, Early Wynn.....Walter O'Malley, George Weiss
1974 Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews
1973 Whitey Ford, Ralph Kiner
1972 Sandy Koufax, Robin Roberts
1971 Yogi Berra, Warren Spahn
1970 Duke Snider, Minnie Minoso.....Billy Southworth, Al Lopez
1969 Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter
1968 Richie Ashburn, Ray Dandridge
1967 Ray Brown, Lou Boudreau
1966 Ted Williams, Larry Doby
1965 Joe Medwick, Hal Newhouser.....Bill Veeck, Ed Barrow
1964 PeeWee Reese, Joe Gordon
1963 Roy Campanella, Monte Irvin
1962 Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller
1961 Stan Hack, Billy Herman
1960 Dizzy Dean, Wes Ferrell.....Casey Stengel, Wilbert Robinson
1959 Satchel Paige, Johnny Mize
1958 Biz Mackey, Jud Wilson
1957 Joe DiMaggio, Joe Cronin
1956 Buck Leonard, Luke Appling
1955 Willie Wells, Cool Papa Bell.....Branch Rickey, Jacob Ruppert
1954 Arky Vaughn, Bill Dickey
1953 Mel Ott, Hank Greenberg
1952 Josh Gibson, Martin Dihigo
1951 Jimmie Foxx, Paul Waner
1950 Al Simmons, Mule Suttles.....Joe McCarthy, Bill McKechnie
1949 Carl Hubbell, Gabby Hartnett
1948 Turkey Stearnes, Charlie Gehringer
1947 Lefty Grove, Oscar Charleston
1946 Heinie Groh, Bill Foster
1945 Lou Gehrig, Frankie Frisch.....Kenesaw Landis, Bill Klem
1944 Bullet Rogan, Goose Goslin
1943 Rogers Hornsby, Mickey Cochrane
1942 Bill Terry, Joe Sewell
1941 Babe Ruth, Dazzy Vance
1940 Max Carey, Pete Hill.....Miller Huggins, C.I. Taylor
1939 Harry Heilmann, Wally Schang
1938 Pop Lloyd, Smokey Joe Williams
1937 George Sisler, Joe Jackson
1936 Pete Alexander, Eddie Collins
1935 Cristobal Torriente, Stan Coveleski.....Rube Foster, Connie Mack
1934 Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker
1933 Walter Johnson, Zach Wheat
1932 Louis Santop, Jose Mendez
1931 Roy Thomas, Bobby Veach
1930 Tommy Leach, Bill Monroe.....John McGraw
1929 Spottswood Poles, Frank Grant
1928 Frank Baker, Roger Bresnahan
1927 Larry Doyle, Bobby Wallace
1926 Sherry Magee, Joe Tinker
1925 Ed Walsh, Johnny Evers.....Ban Johnson
1924 Mordecai Brown, Eddie Plank
1923 Honus Wagner, Sam Crawford
1922 Christy Mathewson, Nap Lajoie
1921 Fred Clarke, Clark Griffith
1920 Frank Chance, Addie Joss.....Frank Selee
1919 Vic Willis, Jimmy Sheckard
1918 Elmer Flick, Joe Kelley
1917 Cy Young, Bill Dahlen
1916 Willie Keeler, Rube Waddell
1915 George Davis, Hugh Duffy.....Bob Ferguson
1914 Jimmy Collins, Joe McGinnity
1913 Jake Beckley, Bob Caruthers
1912 Kid Nichols, Jimmy Ryan
1911 Jesse Burkett, Mickey Welch
1910 Hughie Jennings, George Van Haltren.....Ned Hanlon
1909 Ed Delahanty, Ned Williamson
1908 Pud Galvin, Pete Browning
1907 Billy Hamilton, Amos Rusie
1906 Charlie Bennett, Bid McPhee
1905 Harry Stovey, George Gore.....Daniel "Doc" Adams
1904 Roger Connor, Sam Thompson
1903 Cap Anson, Buck Ewing
1902 Dan Brouthers, Jack Glasscock
1901 Tim Keefe, Monte Ward
1900 Jim O'Rourke, John Clarkson.....Jim Mutrie
1899 King Kelly
1898 Paul Hines
1897 Hoss Radbourn
1896 Deacon White
1895 Tommy Bond.....William Hulbert
1894 Charley Smith
1893 Jim McCormick
1892 Joe Start
1891 Dick McBride
1890 Cal McVey.....Harry Wright
1889 Dickie Pearce
1888 George Wright
1887 Ross Barnes
1886 Jim Creighton
1885 Al Spalding.....Henry Chadwick


Thank you!
Terry & Dan

COMMENTS (4 Comments, most recent shown first)

Rollins was my fault; he was on my list, but I must have accidentally deleted his name while I was folding in the newbies.
12:08 PM Dec 12th
Sorry for not posting the current GOR member listing. I've added it to the article.

2:18 PM Dec 11th
Mongo, see the bottom half of this article for the current membership of the Gallery of Renown:<​/a>
1:06 PM Dec 11th
Okay, I just spent 15 minutes trying to find the actual Gallery of Renown, listing the inductees, without any success. All I found were the discussion threads from 2016 onwards.

Can you please provide a link to the actual Gallery?

Thank you.
12:36 PM Dec 11th