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.