Hodges, Kaat, Tiant Included Among Baseball Hall ‘Golden Era’ Candidates

Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat and Luis Tiant are among 10 players or executives from the era spanning 1947-72 that were nominated for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Players Ken Boyer, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds and Ron Santo as well as executives Buzzie Bavasi and Charlie Finley also were named candidates for the Hall’s Golden Era ballot, which is the second of a three-year cycle considering contributors from different eras, according to a news release by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Candidates receiving votes on 75 percent of ballots cast by a 16-member committee will inducted to the Cooperstown, New York, Hall on July 22, joining electees from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America balloting.

Hodges, an eight-time All-Star in 18 Major League Baseball seasons, was a first baseman with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for 16 years before finishing his career with the New York Mets in 1963. He had a .273 career batting average with 370 home runs. Hodges later managed the 1969 Mets to their first World Series title.

Kaat pitched 25 seasons for six different teams, posting a 283-237 record and a 3.45 earned run average.

Tiant was a four-time 20-game winner in 19 seasons for six different teams, including eight years with the Boston Red Sox. He retired in 1982 with a 229-172 record and 3.30 ERA.

Reynolds played eight of his 13 seasons with the New York Yankees, pitching on six World Series championship teams over a seven-year span. He went 7-2 with four saves and a 2.79 ERA in 15 World Series games. He was 182-107 for his career.

Boyer, the 1964 National League Most Valuable Player, was a seven-time All-Star who played 11 of his 15 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Minnie Minoso

Cuba’s Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The outfielder was named an All-Star seven times, posting a .298 career batting average with 186 home runs. He played in every decade from the 1940s through the 1980s.

Oliva, an outfielder, won three batting titles in 15 seasons for the Minnesota Twins, retiring in 1976 with a .304 career batting average and 220 home runs.

Santo was a nine-time All-Star who hit 342 home runs in 15 seasons for the White Sox and Chicago Cubs.

Bavasi was the Dodgers’ general manager from 1951-67, leading the club to four World Series titles and eight pennants, and Finley owned the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics from 1960-1980, winning three World Series titles.

Balloting will take place during baseball’s winter meetings Dec. 4-5 in Dallas.

The Golden era is the second of a three-year cycle of consideration for the sport’s three different eras. The others are Pre-Integration (1871-1946), which will be considered in 2012, followed by Expansion (1973-present) in 2013.

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