Owned the New York Yankees from 1915-1939, with his teams winning six World Series titles and nine American League pennants during his ownership. During his tenure, more than a dozen future Hall of Famers donned pinstripes, including Babe Ruth, whose contract Ruppert purchased from the Red Sox for $125,000. In 1923, Ruppert led the construction of Yankee Stadium, the same year the club captured their first World Series title.
Former Cardinals owner Samuel Breadon, umpire Hank O’Day, executive Alfred Reach and players Bill Dahlen, Wes Ferrell, Marty Marion, Tony Mullane, Bucky Walters and Deacon White round out the ballot. The only other Yankees connection is Ferrell, who pitched most of his career with Boston and Cleveland but did spend parts of two forgettable years with the Yankees.
A 16-person electorate will vote on the candidates and announced the results during next month’s Winter Meetings. Here are the basics of about the Pre-Integration Era ballot:
Candidates who receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 28, 2013, along with any electees who emerge from the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 9.
The 10 Pre-Integration Era finalists were selected by the BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee from all eligible candidates among Managers, Umpires, Executives and Long-Retired Players whose most significant career impact was realized from the origins of the game through 1946.
Associated Press photo of Ruppert with Joe McCarthy, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri