George Steinbrenner’s Hall Of Fame Bid Falls Short

NEW YORK (WCBS 880 / WFAN / AP) – The Expansion Era Committee has denied George Steinbrenner’s posthumous bid for election into baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Pat Gillick, a former general manager whose teams won three World Series titles, was the only person to receive the necessary 12 votes for election.

In his fifth time on the ballot, former players’ association head Marvin Miller fell one vote short of the 75 percent needed for election and Dave Concepcion, a nine-time All-Star shortstop, was third with eight votes from the 16-man committee that considered candidates from the expansion era, 1973 on.

Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner from 1973 until his death in July, was among the candidates who received fewer than eight votes.


WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On Steinbrenner’s Bid

New York Daily News baseball columnist and Steinbrenner biographer Bill Madden says you can’t deny Steinbrenner’s impact on the game.

“If you were writing the definitive history of baseball, could you write that history without mentioning George Steinbrenner prominently – and not in a negative way, so much as in a positive way?” Madden asked WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Under changes adopted by the Hall last summer, managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players from the expansion era were considered this year. The golden era (1947-72) will be voted on in 2011 and the pre-integration era (1871-1946) will be judged in 2012.

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  1. Fred says:

    He can’t buy his way into this one.

  2. Me! says:

    No way should he get in, especially on his first try. Ignoring the damage he did to the competitive balance of the sport, he was a convicted felon, pardoned in the waning days of Reagan’s presidency & twice banned from baseball. Yeah, that’s HOF material for sure.

  3. mj says:

    if ANY owner belongs in the hall its george

  4. JERRY PRICE says:

    HOW COULD ONE DENY THE BOSS ENTRY INTO THE HALL OF FAME? THE INDIVIDUALS WHO VOTED WERE MOST LIKELY YANKEE HATERS. DENYING THE BOSS’ ENTRY INTO THE HALL OF FAME WILL NOT CHANGE THE IMPACT HE LEFT ON THE GAME OF BASEBALL. REST IN PEACE BOSS.

  5. No way George says:

    The man was a disgrace and doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame for his behavior towards his managers alone — especially Billy Martin. We’re supposed to honor him for this? If there is one great example of the downfall of civility in our society over the past 35 years, it’s George. What did George Steinbrenner do for the game of baseball that demands a Hall of Fame vote? He threw the economy of baseball out of whack, stood in the way of changes that would maintain a competitive balance, and acted as a complete boor.If George Steinbrenner, who had to be thrown out of baseball twice for his behavior belongs in the Hall of Fame, then let Rose, Joe Jackson, McGwire and all the rest of those we’re keeping out in. And put them in a Hall of Infamy wing. Then, let Ron Santo into the real hall.

  6. tp says:

    Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the impact he had on the game. “The Boss” should be in the Hall…

  7. Sal says:

    I was a Steinbrenner hater for years.
    But then I slowly realized that all he cared about was winning over profits.
    He wanted the best players over the bargain basement wannabees.
    How many club owners can we say that about today?
    He was one of a kind and baseball will miss him.

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