It was bad enough that Milo Hamilton was enshrined before the Braves’ three biggest HOF snubs: Skip, Pete and Ernie. This year they weren’t even included among the eight finalists. Hawk Harrelson and the voice of the Tampa Bay Rays, DeWayne Staats, were.
I’ve been the Braves trio has been repeatedly passed over because they split into each other’s vote. Perhaps, but all three were more-deserving finalists than this year’s crop.
Maybe we’ll see justice in 2018, when, according to the official Hall of Fame website, only broadcasters “whose contributions were realized on a national level” will be considered. Hopefully Cooperstown voters will remember that Skip, Pete and Ernie were the voice of “America’s Team” for many years. They were as well-known to baseball fans in Idaho as they were in Atlanta.
How great would it be to see at least one, if not all three, enter the same year as Chipper? We can hope, but considering past snubs we’re more likely to see Sean McDonough or Harold Reynolds giving an acceptance speech.