Yesterday, we announced the results from the first ballot for the DoU Hall of Greatness. It focused on the Milwaukee Braves era, and six players received enough votes to be inducted — Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, Joe Adcock, Lew Burdette, and Del Crandall. For quick profiles of their careers in Milwaukee, check out yesterday’s article.
We now transition to the Brewers and will focus on the 1970s in Brewers baseball. On this ballot, please only vote for players who played the vast majority of their years with the Brewers in the 1970s. For example, don’t include Robin Yount in this ballot. He began his Milwaukee career in the 70s, but he’s more associated with the 80s. Wait until next week to vote for Yount — as I’m sure a few of you will.
Here’s a reminder of the voting rules:
(1) You may vote for up to ten individuals, and your ballot is not restricted to players. You may vote for players, managers, or owners.
(2) The individual must have played in Milwaukee for at least three seasons.
(3) An individual needs 65% of the vote to be inducted into the DoU Hall of Greatness and must receive at least 5% of the vote to be included on next year’s ballot.
(4) You have up to ten votes per ballot.
I also forgot to mention that blank ballots are allowed. If you wish to vote but you do not believe anyone in the specific era deserves to be inducted into the DoU Hall of Greatness, please still send in your ballot. You will need to be included in the final tally of ballots otherwise player’s voting percentages will be artificially raised.
As before, send in your ballots to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “DoU Hall of Greatness” in your subject line, and list which players for whom you’re voting in the body of the email. The voting will close for this era on Monday at 5:00pm central time.
Some (but certainly not all) of the names you could consider for your ballot include the following:
Remember, the purpose for this project is not just to enshrine some of the greatest in Milwaukee’s baseball history, but to also inspire research into Milwaukee’s baseball past. It’s important to cast the scope of our focus backward from time to time and to appreciate some of the great players who have come through Milwaukee over the years.
I’m looking forward to reading your ballots. Remember this vote just encompasses the 1970s Brewers, and you only get ten names per ballot. The deadline to vote is Monday, January 28 at 5:00pm CT, so send your emails prior to that point to be included in the vote.