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.
Now we continue moving around the diamond to third base. Which third basemen made it to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot? Which third basemen received unanimous induction? When did your favorite third 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.
15 second basemen gained induction on the first 14 ballots. If you don’t see a ballot listed (say the 4th), then that means no third basemen were inducted on that ballot.
We’ll start with those third basemen inducted on the 14th ballot and work our way to the greatest of the great, the first-ballot Hall of Famers.
One player was inducted on the 14th ballot – Freddie Lindstrom.
One player was inducted on the 10th ballot – George Kell.
One player was inducted on the 9th ballot – Ron Santo.
One player was inducted on the 8th ballot – Frank “Home Run” Baker.
One player was inducted on the 7th ballot – Paul Molitor.
One player was inducted on the 4th ballot – Wade Boggs.
One player was inducted on the 3rd ballot – Eddie Mathews.
One player was inducted on the 2nd ballot – Brooks Robinson.
Over the next few weeks we will unveil the rest of the positions 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.