Ten men are on the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era Committee ballot, announced Thursday. The committee considers candidates whose main contribution to baseball came between 1947 and 1972.
The candidates: Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.
Kaat, Hodges, Minoso, Oliva, Boyer and Tiant return to the ballot after appearing on the first vote of the Golden Era Committee ballot in 2011. Allen, Howsam, Pierce and Wills will be considered by the committee for the first time.
The Golden Era Committee consists of Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton; baseball executives Jim Frey, David Glass, Roland Hemond and Bob Watson; and veteran media members Steve Hirdt, Dick Kaegel, Phil Pepe and Tracy Ringolsby.
At least 75 percent of the vote is needed for election and anyone chosen will be inducted on July 26 along with any players chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Jan. 6.