Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert among Hall of Fame candidates

Sunday Night Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: November 5th, 2012

Former Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert is among this year’s Pre-Integration Era Hall of Fame candidates. Ruppert, who made his fortune through his family’s brewing company, owned the club from 1915-1939 and was behind both the purchase of Babe Ruth and the construction of the original Yankee Stadium. The team won nine pennants and six World Series championships under his watch.

Voting will be conducted by the 16-person panel and take place during the Winter Meetings in Nashville next month. Here’s more on this year’s ballot and more on the Pre-Integration Era Hall of Fame in general, if you’re interested.

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Sunday Night Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: November 5th, 2012
  • Bob Buttons

    Hilarious how some fans want to induct Abner Doubleday.

    On a side note, I do hope Tony Mullane gets in. One of the few known switch-pitchers.

  • Billy

    He’s not in there already?? Looking at his resume, how is that so?

  • Francesa

    If only Jake were still alive. He’d light a fire under ARod. And fire Joe Binder Girardi.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’d play Eduardo Nunez at every position. Oh wait, that’s another guy….

  • Francesa

    At least Romney’s binders are full of women.

  • Pat D

    It’s been an absolute travesty that Col. Ruppert has not yet been inducted, especially when you consider that guys like Charlie Comiskey and Tom Yawkey have been for years.

    • Pat D

      Looking at the ballot now, I think I would definitely vote for Ruppert, Breadon, Dahlen and Mullane. The others all deserve strong consideration as well. They picked a pretty good list of nominees.

    • Brian S.

      Tom Yawkey was a racist.

      • Duh Innings

        …and Comiskey was part of the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

        He bet against his own team and why not? Who on Earth would expect an owner to bet against his own team? I wouldn’t be surprised if Comiskey ratted out his own players to save his ass.

        If Comiskey wasn’t part of the Black Sox scandal, he should’ve been banned from baseball for life along with his players for being the owner of a team who threw a World Series.

        • hogsmog

          I mean, betting against your own team is called hedging, and pretty much everyone who can do it legally these day does so through the options market.

          As in, an airline betting on gas prices going up, so they can make up the money they lose from having to by expensive gas by selling now-valuable options.

          So what I’m saying is, quite a few owners would be smart to bet against their own teams in many situations.

      • Pat D

        I don’t think Yawkey was the racist. I think it was Joe Cronin, who managed the team and then, more importantly, became general manager. The Red Sox didn’t sign a black player until after Cronin left the team to become president of the American League.

        Cronin was also responsible for the Red Sox essentially selling Pee Wee Reese to the Dodgers, as he didn’t want Reese taking over his position at shortstop. He did move off a few years later for Johnny Pesky, but he was clearly out for himself most of the time.

  • pounder

    I nominate …Freddy, the frying pan man.