Historic 2006 election honors Negro Leagues legends
“I’m sorry that we’re late,” Vincent, the non-voting chairman of the Special Committee on Negro Leagues told Gannett News Service that day. “I’m sorry we couldn’t do this 30 or 40 years ago when some of our candidates were alive. But we’re here now to make this right.”
The Committee elected 17 candidates – 12 players and five executives – from a final pool of 39 names. The electees included Newark Eagles owner Effa Manley, who became the first woman to earn Hall of Fame election.
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