Herman Long and a really, really convoluted Hall of Fame vote

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If you think the Hall of Fame vote is messed up now, go back to the 1930s when the whole thing got off the ground and see how they figured out who to put in then.

Oh, sure, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth were no-brainers, but how did a guy like Herman Long get 20 percent of the vote? And who the hell was Herman long anyway?

Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present talks about him in this wonderfully insightful post. He tries to figure out why Long got so much support for the Hall of Fame in the 1930s but then, suddenly, disappeared from view. It says a lot about the politics of the Hall of Fame.