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Tiant on Hall of Fame 'Golden Era' ballot

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 3, 2011 02:24 PM

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If you are among the many who feel Luis Tiant should be in the Hall of Fame, here's some good news.

He is one of eight former Major League players and two former executives who have been named to this year's Golden Era ballot.

Buzzie Bavasi, Ken Boyer, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Tiant are candidates for Golden Era Committee consideration for the Hall class of 2012.

In order to be inducted, candidates must receive votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Golden Era Committee.

El Tiante was 229-172 with a 3.30 ERA over 19 seasons. He won 122 games for the Red Sox from 1971-78 and remains a fixture at Fenway Park.

Tiant never received more than 31 percent of the vote from the BBWAA. But his statistics compare favorably to those of Hall of Famers Catfish Hunter and Jim Bunning.

Red Sox fans who grew up in that era have vivid memories of Tiant's complex delivery that had him turning his back to the batter before throwing a pitch. He also threw a shutout against the Big Red Machine in Game 1 of the 1975 World Series, allowing five hits.

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