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.
We’ve already listed the catchers. Now we begin to move around the diamond starting at first base. Which first basemen made it to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot? Which first basemen received unanimous induction? When did your favorite first baseman gain induction? This article tells you all that. Above 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.
26 catchers gained induction on the first 13 ballots. 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 first basemen inducted on the 13th ballot and work our way to the greatest of the great, the first-ballot Hall of Famers.
One first basemen were inducted on the 11th ballot – Bill Terry.
One first basemen were inducted on the 7th ballot – Eddie Murray.
One first basemen were inducted on the 6th ballot – Willie McCovey.
One first basemen were inducted on the 3rd ballot – Hank Greenberg.
Three first basemen were inducted on the 1st ballot. One won the MVP while playing a different position (shortstop) and two were inducted unanimously. The former shortstop of course is Ernie Banks. The two inducted unanimously were the greatest first baseman to ever play the game, Lou Gehrig, and one of the most underrated and consistent hitters in baseball history, Stan Musial.
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.