Three Cuban veterans could join the Baseball Hall of Fame
- Submitted by: Camila
- 11 / 04 / 2014
Cuban Luis Tiant, Minnie Minoso and Tony Oliva are among 10 candidates for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum by the veterans committee. Gil Hodges, Maury Willis, Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Billy Pierce and manager Bob Howsam complete the list of finalists.
A committee of 16 members will meet on December 7 and 8 in San Diego to consider candidates whose greatest achievements were between 1947 and 1972. Ron Santo was inducted by the committee in 2011, with 15 votes. Minoso received nine votes and Oliva-eight.
A candidate needs at least 75% of the vote to be exalted, and whoever is elected will enter Cooperstown on July 26 in a ceremony, along with those who are selected by the Association Baseball Writers of America, the vote will be announced on January 6.
Minoso, 88, played 17 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Chicago White Sox. On three occasions he was leader in triples and three in stolen bases. Tiant pitched for 19 seasons between 1964 and 1982, primarily with the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, and twice led the American. Oliva, 76, was a gardener between 1962 and 1976 with the Minnesota Twins. Five times he led in hits and three times on average.