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December 4, 2012

Ex-Yanks owner among 3 added to Hall


A New York Yankees owner whose tenure was defined by winning, amassing a roster of stars and overseeing the construction of a stadium second to none in sports earned election into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday.

George Steinbrenner, right?


A 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee voted three men into Hall, most notably Jacob Ruppert, the Yankees’ owner from 1915 until his death in 1939. Umpire Hank O’Day and 19th century catcher/third baseman Deacon White also earned election.

They’ll be enshrined July 28, 2013 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, along with any others selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The BBWAA will announce the results of its vote Jan. 9. All-time home run leader Barry Bonds, seven-time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa and ex-New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza are among those on the ballot for the first time.

Twelve votes were necessary for election. Ruppert and O’Day garnered 15 votes, and White received 14. Bill Dahlen had the next most with 10. Sam Breadon, Wes Ferrell, Marty Marion, Tony Mullane, Alfred Reach and Bucky Walters all received three votes or fewer.

Those on the ballot made their most significant contributions before 1946.

Hall of Famers Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Phil Niekro and Don Sutton; major league executives Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gary Hughes and Bob Watson; and media members and historians Jim Henneman, Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Phil Pepe, Tom Simon, Claire Smith, T.R. Sullivan and Mark Whicker made up the voting committee.

The three electees died in the 1930s.

The baseball careers of Ruppert and Steinbrenner followed similar paths.

Both bought the Yankees when the franchise was struggling, both brought baseball’s biggest names to New York, both helped erect state-of-the-art stadiums in the Bronx and both won seven World Series titles.

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