What If… The Baseball Hall of Fame started up in 2021- who would get in?
My last baseball post was on the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. One of my Mount Rushmore of favorite places. The first voting was in 1936 and five members were in the inaugural class- Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. In 1936 baseball was still young. Babe Ruth had just retired the year before he was elected into the Hall of Fame. Let’s say the Baseball Hall of Fame- didn’t get going until this year 2021- who would be in the inaugural class? Let’s say like in 1936 only five got the required 75% of the vote? Here would be my vote- if I could only elect 5. My 5ive- Babe Ruth/ Willie Mays/ Honus Wagner/ Ted Williams and Jackie Robinson. Note- I do not rank Jackie Robinson in my all -time top 10 players as far as performance. For one thing his career was too short- he didn’t get the opportunity to play until he was twenty- eight years old and his career was short- only eleven years. He gets my vote for historical significance.