Over the last year, the writers of Sports Unbiased (and several invited guests) have created the Sports Unbiased MLB Hall of Fame. In this Hall of Fame, the ballot a player is inducted on matters – so there is a difference between first-ballot and second-ballot Hall of Famer and there is a difference between fifth-ballot and tenth. For further information regarding the particulars about the Sports Unbiased MLB Hall of Fame, please read the Introduction.
This article is all about the catchers. Which catchers made it to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot? Which catchers received unanimous induction? When did your favorite catcher gain induction? This article tells you all that. Next to each plaque you will see the player’s name and a link. The link will take you to the player’s Baseball Reference page so you can see all their statistics and other information for their career.
16 catchers gained induction on the first 12 ballots (one catcher, Mike Piazza, didn’t gain induction on the first 15 ballots and has been carried over to the 2014 ballot). If you don’t see a ballot listed (say the 4th), then that means no catcher was inducted on that ballot.
We’ll start with those catchers inducted on the 12th ballot and work our way to the greatest of the great, the first-ballot Hall of Famers.
There was one catcher inducted on the 6th ballot – Mickey Cochrane.
There was one catcher inducted on the second ballot – Josh Gibson.
Over the next few weeks we will unveil the rest of the positions along with the 2014 class, so please come back frequently and look for those.
So, how do you think we did? Do you agree or disagree where a player was inducted? Which inductions surprised you? Please feel free to leave a comment and let us know!
About the Author: Rich Stowe
Rich Stowe has written for many sports-based websites over the years including Informative Sports.com, Sports Nickel.com, Dugout Report.com and was a Featured Columnist for MLB and the New York Yankees for Bleacher Report. Rich is a Lifetime member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA). He is also a self-published author - his book "From Abused Puppy to Beloved Family Member: The Life Story of Jacob the Rottweiler" can be found for the Kindle and in print through amazon.com.