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January 10, 2013
Less Work for the Plaque-maker
Yesterday's announcement that the Baseball Writers of America had, for just the eighth time ever, failed to elect any candidates to the Hall of Fame didn't come as a huge shock, Speculation to that effect had been floating around for weeks. Steroid-tainted stars, and other candidates who failed to convince 75% of the voters that they fit the definition of a Hall of Famer will result in a quieter ceremony this summer.
With the three selections from the pre-Integration era all dead more than 70 years and Ford Frick (broadcasters award) honoree Tom Cheek having died in 2005, the lone living recipient will be JG Taylor Spink (sportswriter) recipient, the longtime Philadelphia baseball writer Paul Hagen. His picture and biography will be added to this wall: