Robert Creamer, Hall of Famer?

January 19, 2012

After his interview with the veteran writer, Graham Womack at Baseball: Past and Present wonders if there isn’t some way for the Hall of Fame to recognize Creamer’s his contributions.

What a great idea. There are several worthy scribes who didn’t work for newspapers (and therefore don’t qualify for the Spink Award, which “or meritorious contributions to baseball writing” according to members of the Baseball Writers of America Association). Womack mentions Roger Angell and Roger Kahn.

But why stop there? Separate categories for fiction and non-fiction, perhaps. Of course, then you have to decide the qualifications for consideration: a single seminal work (Malamud, Rolfe Greenberg, Coover) or multiple publications (Harris, Kinsella, who was recently inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame). Same for non-fiction. Bill James and John Thorn have certainly changed the way fans think about the game.

Who would be on your short list for the new authors wing of the HoF?

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