Monday, February 27, 2006

17 Negro Leagues Hall of Fame Candidates Announced; Minoso and O'Neil Not Elected

ESPN.COM | Effa Manley was among the 17 candidates elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, becoming the first woman ever to achieve the honor.

The electees include seven Negro leagues players: Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Biz Mackey, Mule Suttles, Cristobal Torriente, and Jud Wilson; five pre-Negro leagues players: Frank Grant, Pete Hill, José Méndez, Louis Santop, and Ben Taylor; four Negro leagues executives Effa Manley, Alex Pompez, Cum Posey, and J.L. Wilkinson; and one pre-Negro leagues executive Sol White. Manley, an owner in the Negro leagues, becomes the first woman elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 17 electees will be honored during ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30, along with Bruce Sutter, the lone electee from the Baseball Writers' Association of America election announcement in January.

Manley co-owned the Newark Eagles with husband from 1936-1947, handling scheduling, travel, payroll, promotions, contracts and all the other daily details.

Each of the 17 received the necessary 75 percent of the 12-member voting committee to earn election to the Hall of Fame.

Of the 39 people that were considered, Minnie Minoso and John "Buck" O'Neil are the only living candidates, but neither received the call.

"I know that baseball fans have me in their own Hall of Fame -- the one in their hearts," Minoso said in a statement. "That matters more to me than any official recognition. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be, and I am truly honored to be considered. I've given my life to baseball, and the game has given me so much. That's what matters the most to me."

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