How Kool-Aid (or is it?): Pete Rose has the juice to make it into the ‘People’s Hall’

In his first year on the ballot, Pete Rose has been voted into the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals, along with Casey Stengel and Roger Angell, board director Terry Cannon announced today.

We warned you last January that this could happen. (linked here). Rose, the all-time leader in hits who lives in Sherman Oaks, has been ineligibie for Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction since commissioner Bart Giamatti banned him for gambling 20 years ago.

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Rose finished third in the Reliquary voting, gathering 30 percent, and just missed on not getting enough support.

The top three vote-getters are inducted each year. Those falling just short in the voting included Dizzy Dean and Maury Wills (29 percent), Ted “The Famous Chicken” Giannoulas (28 percent), Pete Gray (25 percent) and Ernie Harwell and Don Zimmer (23 percent).

“I’m a little bit surprised; it was a close vote,” said Cannon of the voting on Rose. “I will say that since the election results have been released in the last hour or so, I’ve received a few e-mails from people saying that they are upset by Rose’s election, and one person who even said that he would be there for Stengel and Angell, but do his own personal walkout when Rose comes to the podium.

“I can’t say that I’m surprised by the reaction, but I do think that it’s a good thing for the Baseball Reliquary and for the Shrine of the Eternals to shake things up every now and then, and I guess we’ve accomplished that with this year’s election.”

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Stengel, the colorful former Yankees manager in his 12th year on the ballot, led with being named on 38 percent of the votes cast. Stengel, who lived for many years in Glendale, died in 1975.

Angell, the famed author of “The Boys of Summer,” was on the ballot for only the second time (the other time back in 1999) and was on 31 percent of the votes. He is 90 years old and living in New York.

Fifty candidates appeared on the Shrine of the Eternals 2010 ballot, with voting conducted during the month of April by the membership of the Baseball Reliquary (linked here), the Southern California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through baseball history.

The 2010 class of electees will be inducted into the Shrine of the Eternals in a ceremony at the Pasadena Central Library on Sunday, July 18. There are 33 others previously inducted: Jim Abbott, Dick Allen, Emmett Ashford, Moe Berg, Yogi Berra, Ila Borders, Jim Bouton, Jim Brosnan, Bill Buckner, Roberto Clemente, Steve Dalkowski, Rod Dedeaux, Jim Eisenreich, Dock Ellis, Mark Fidrych, Curt Flood, Josh Gibson, William “Dummy” Hoy, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bill James, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Roger Maris, Marvin Miller, Minnie Minoso, Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige, Jimmy Piersall, Pam Postema, Jackie Robinson, Lester Rodney, Fernando Valenzuela, Bill Veeck, Jr., and Kenichi Zenimura.

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