Former Chicago White Sox greats on Golden Era Hall of Fame Ballot


Aug 10, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies former player Dick Allen during Phillies alumni ceremony prior to game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Mets, 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden Era Hall of Fame ballot has been released, and there are some former greats from the Chicago White Sox that will get consideration to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

May 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Former Chicago White Sox player Minnie Minoso throws out the first pitch before the game against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

On the ballot are former White Sox Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso and Billy Pierce.

In a press release by MLB, it says of the Golden Era ballot:

"“Any candidate to receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 26, 2015, along with any electees who emerge from the 2015 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 6, 2015.”"

This is also the first time Allen and Pierce have been eligible for selection on the Golden Era ballot.

Also on the Golden Era ballot are: Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Tony Oliva, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills.

Allen played most of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies but did play three seasons with the White Sox. In that span from 1972-74 he batted .307 on the South Side with 85 home runs and 242 RBIs. He also won the 1972 AL Most Valuable Player of the Year award while with the White Sox.

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In 1972 while with the White Sox, Allen led the majors with 37 home runs, 113 RBIs, .420 on-base percentage, .603 slugging percentage, a 1.023 OPS and a 199 OPS+ that MVP season.

Minoso played a total of 12 seasons for the White Sox from 1951-57, ’60-61, ’64, ’76 and ’80. In his time with the White Sox, he batted .304 with 135 home runs and 808 RBIs. He also had 171 steals while wearing a White Sox uniform in a total of 1,373 games played with Chicago.

Boyer played 67 games with the White Sox in parts of two seasons, finishing with a .245 batting average in that span.

Kaat pitched three seasons for the White Sox from 1973-75, where he was 45-28 overall with a 3.10 ERA in 623.2 innings pitched.

Pierce played 13 of his 18 MLB seasons with the White Sox. While in Chicago (1949-61), he had an overall record of 186-152 with a 3.19 ERA in 457 games. In that time frame with the White Sox, he pitched 2,931.0 innings, which included 183 complete games. Pierce was a seven-time All-Star with the White Sox.