Tiant on 'Golden Era' ballot for Hall

November, 3, 2011
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Luis Tiant's Hall of Fame chances, dashed by his failure to be elected in the 15 years he was on the writers' ballot, remain alive.

The former Red Sox great is one of eight players and two executives named to the "Golden Era" ballot, to be voted upon Dec. 5 at the baseball winter meetings, the Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

Any candidate receiving 75 percent of the votes cast by the 16-member Golden Era committee will earn induction to the Hall. The 10 candidates were selected by the Historical Overview Committee are charged with reviewing all eligible candidates among managers, umpires, executives and long-retired players whose career impact was realized during the 1947-1972 time period.

He received 30.9 percent of the votes in 1988, his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility, but never came close to that percentage again, finishing with 18 percent of the vote in 2002.

The other names on the ballot: Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds and Ron Santo.

Those voting on their Hall of Fame chances include Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tom Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams, executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gene Michael and Al Rosen (retired) and veteran reporters Dick Kaegel, Jack O'Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

Tiant, who turns 71 on Nov. 23, went 229-172 in a career that spanned 19 seasons, from 1964, when he broke in with Cleveland, to 1982, when he retired at age 41 with the California Angels. From 1971-1979, Tiant pitched for the Red Sox, becoming a beloved figure and reaching legendary status for his performance in the 1975 World Series, when he shut out the Big Red Machine in Game 1, then outlasted the Reds, 5-4, in an extraordinary complete-game win in Game 4.

Tiant was a 20-game winner three times for the Red Sox and went 122-81 in his time in Boston, a .601 winning percentage.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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