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Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1959, exactly 20 years after the National Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, in the upstate of New York, to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to thedevelopment of baseball in Japan. A bronze relief dedicated to each of the Hall of Famers is hung in the Hall of Fame Gallery as a testament to their achievement and honor. There are two categories in the election of Hall of Famers.
List of Hall of Famers
 
Players Division
Candidates Pro players who have ceased to be active for at least five (5) years prior to election. Their eligibility shall be valid for further 15 years.
Method of Election About 300 electors consisting of baseball writers for fifteen (15) years or more shall make a vote. Any candidate receiving votes on seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast shall be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Experts Division
Candidates 1) Pro coaches and managers who have been retired as such for at least six (6) months prior to election.
2) Pro players who have ceased to be active for more than 20 years.
Method of Election About 100 electors consisting of all the living members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, directors of the PSC and  baseball writers for thirty (30) years or more shall make a vote. Any candidate receiving votes on seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast shall be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 

NB According to the interim measure, the period of eligibility for candidates in the players division shall be extended by 5 years to 20 years in 2008. Accordingly the years of retirement required of players in the experts division shall be extended to more than 25 years in 2008. The period of years extended, however, shall be shortened yearly by one (1) year until 2013 when it shall be as stipulated in the article.

Candidates

1) Amateur players, coaches and managers.  Players must have been retired for at least five (5)years, and coaches and managers must have been retired for at least six (6) months prior to election.
2) Pro or amateur umpires who have been retired as such at least six (6) months prior to election.
3) Those persons who contributed,or have contributed, a great deal to the development of pro and/or amateur baseball in terms of its organization and management.

4) Those persons who contributed, or have contributed in wider perspective to the popularization and development of baseball in Japan.

Method of Election Fourteen (14) electors consisting of active and retired pro baseball officials, active amateur baseball officials, and learned persons versed in baseball shall make a vote. Any candidate receiving votes on seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast shall be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


 

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