The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will also pay tribute to 12 individuals previously counted among the Hall’s roster of members who never had a formal induction. Honorees will include BBWAA electees Lou Gehrig (1939) and Rogers Hornsby (1942), along with the entire class of 1945 selected by the Committee on Old Timers: Roger Bresnahan, Dan Brouthers, Fred Clarke, Jimmy Collins, Ed Delahanty, Hugh Duffy, Hughie Jennings, King Kelly, Jim O’Rourke and Wilbert Robinson.
With Yankees Gehrig and Ruppert, and New York native White, there is hope for a strong local turnout for the ceremony.
When the ballot was released in January, Senior Director of Communications and Education Brad Horn said there is a favorable regional slant this year.
“I think that we also have good inductees. Jacob Ruppert built Yankee Stadium and bought Babe Ruth’s contract. Hank O’Day umpired 10 World Series, which is still a record, and was one of the foremost arbiters in the National League. Deacon White was a 19th-century player who played every position and caught barehanded as a catcher,” he continued.
Saturday’s awards ceremony will feature the presentation of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award to writer Paul Hagen, the posthumous honoring of former Blue Jays voice Tom Cheek with the Ford C. Frick Award and a salute to the work of Legendary Entertainment CEO Thomas Tull, whose company produced the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” and Dr. Frank Jobe, whose groundbreaking surgery on pitcher Tommy John has evolved into a game-changing medical procedure.
Forty or more Hall of Famers are expected to return for weekend festivities. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held, rain or shine, at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center and will be shown live on MLB Network. The Awards Presentation will at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Doubleday Field.