Former commissioner Bowie Kuhn is at the head of the class of electees to the Baseball Hall of Fame as agreed upon by the revamped Veterans Committee. Joining Kuhn are former Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley, managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth and ex-Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss.
Manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey each missed
induction by a single vote. Former union chief Marvin Miller did not come close. He told the Associated Press that the entire selection process is "demeaning", not only to himself but, "to the Hall and demeaning to the people in it."
Here is a check of some career highlights from the class of
-- O'Malley moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after
the 1957 season.
-- Williams, the only living inductee, led Oakland to two wins in
the World Series.
-- Dreyfuss helped bring about the start of the World Series when
he and the owner of the Boston Red Sox agreed to meet on the
diamond after the 1903 season.
-- Southworth won four pennants and two World Series with the St.
Louis Cardinals and Boston Braves.
-- Kuhn was the game's fifth commissioner, serving from 1969-84.