Two prominent St. Louis Cardinals figures from the first half of the 20th century are back on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Owner Sam Breadon and shortstop Marty Marion are among 10 candidates under consideration by the Hall’s pre-integration era committee.
The group of former players, executives, reporters and historians is charged with evaluating those who made their most significant impact to the game by 1946 or prior. Candidates need at least 12 of 16 votes (75 percent) in voting that will occur during baseball’s Winter Meetings in early December. Winners will be inducted in Cooperstown, New York in late July.
Both Cardinals have a good case, but if I had to choose one, it would be Breadon.
However, his chances may not great. In 2009, an earlier 16-member veterans committee – one that included current owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. and Post-Dispatch writer Rick Hummel – gave Breadon less than 25 percent support.
Self-made through ownership of automobile dealerships, Bread...