The 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee was comprised of Hall of Fame members Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Phil Niekro and Don Sutton; major league executives Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gary Hughes and Bob Watson; and veteran media members and historians Jim Henneman, Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Phil Pepe, Tom Simon, Claire Smith, T.R. Sullivan and Mark Whicker. Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark served as the non-voting chairman of the Pre-Integration Era Committee.
Ruppert bought the struggling franchise in 1915 and quickly turned it into what is considered the most iconic organization in sports. Ruppert built Yankee Stadium in 1923 and watched this franchise under his ownership win 10 American League pennants and seven World Series Championships.
Ruppert you can say was the original Boss, the master of the deal, trading for Babe Ruth which for ever changed the course of baseball history. Other notable signings during the Ruppert years included Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Ruppert passed away at the age of 71 in 1939.
"Jacob Ruppert did a lot for the game," said Bob Watson to MLB.com, a former Yankees player and general manager who recently retired as an MLB executive. "And the House that Ruth Built, he actually built it."
There are 45 players, executives and managers with some connections to the New York Yankees, but Ruppert is the first owner. Ruppert was voted in along with umpire Hank O'Day and 19th century catcher and first baseman Deacon White. These new additions brings the number of members of the Hall of Fame to 300.
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