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The Village Smithy Old-Timers Old-Timers Old-Timers Group Should Revamp Hall Of Fame Rules Yesterday's Heroes, Like Wilbur Cooper, Rate Election To Shrine At Coopersfown By CHESTER L. SMITH. Sports Editor Mr. J. G. Taylor Spink, publisher of The Sporting Sporting News, has resigned the chairmanship of the Veterans. Veterans. Committee of the Hall of Fame. He gives press of other business as the primary reason, but adds a significant postscript. "... I am strongly of the opinion that the rules for the election of old-time old-time old-time stars need revision in order that more of these outstanding players might gain rightful recognition. recognition. As matters now stand, only one or two can be elected i . - M SMITH corded the honor due them before thy go into the obscurity that comes with the passage of time." The Hall of Fame would do well to listen to Mr. Spink, because not only is lie as good a friend as baseball will ever have but no man lias ever performed greater services for the game. Both the Veterans' Committee and the present system of voting for the players of the modern era have been criticized from time to time for omissions that appear to he regrettable. Here in Pittsburgh we have the case of Wilbur Cooper, certainly one of the great pitchers of his day. The support for Cooper has been amazingly meagre, lust as it has been for others who should be remembered in the Hall at Cooperstown. If Mr. Spink can stir up some action he will have done baseball another favor. every two years, ana many or these distinguished old-timers old-timers old-timers never will gain election under such a system. I have in jriind men like Billy Hamilton, Bob Caruthers, Amos Rusie, Tim Keefe, Jack Coombs and others of that character. "I have made suggestions from time to time that have not T been accepted, nor even given any great consideration. I trust, however, that steps will be taken bv my successor as chairman and the other members of the committee committee to insure that some of these great stars of the past era be ac

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  1. The Pittsburgh Press,
  2. 04 Aug 1959, Tue,
  3. Page 24

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