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2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Todd Walker (NBHOF Library)

Todd Walker has already been honored by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Now, Walker has a shot at the ultimate Hall.

Walker is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Walker is making his debut on the ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Larry Walker (NBHOF Library)

Larry Walker grew up with sticks, skates and pads as a hockey hopeful.

His sports destiny, however, landed him on the baseball diamond – and with a permanent place in the game’s storied history.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Alan Trammell (NBHOF Library)

For 20 seasons, Alan Trammell was the face of the Detroit Tigers.

And during those 20 years, Trammell proved to be one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Mike Stanton (NBHOF Library)

Mike Stanton brought a football mentality to big league bullpens for 19 seasons.

The result was 1,178 games pitched – the second-best total of all-time – and a place on this year’s Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot.

Stanton is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Stanton is making his debut on the ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Sammy Sosa (NBHOF Library)

Sammy Sosa’s baseball journey has taken him through early poverty to national stardom and everywhere in between.

Now, it’s taken him to the doorstep of the Hall of Fame.

Sosa, one of only eight players in big league history with more than 600 home runs, debuts on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot this year. He played 18 big league seasons with the Rangers, White Sox, Cubs and Orioles after emerging as a baseball prodigy from the Dominican Republic.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Lee Smith (NBHOF Library)

At the time of his retirement, the numbers left little room for doubt.

Lee Arthur Smith – by virtue of having saved the most games in major league history – was one of baseball’s greatest relief pitchers.

Today, more than 15 years after his last big league game, Smith’s numbers still rank among the game’s best.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Aaron Sele (NBHOF Library)

From Boston to Texas to Seattle, Aaron Sele won baseball games with a relentless consistency.

That winning attitude now has Sele among those considered for the Hall of Fame.

Sele is one of 37 players on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Class of 2013 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Sele is making his debut on the ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Curt Schilling (NBHOF Library)

Curt Schilling’s appreciation for baseball history dates back to his childhood.

Today, Schilling is on the verge of the ultimate mark on the game’s history: Election to the Hall of Fame.

“Baseball history is something that’s enriched my life,” Schilling said. “I think a big reason why I got into baseball and became pretty successful was because I appreciated the history of the game and knew what I was getting into.”

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Reggie Sanders (NBHOF Library)

At one point in the middle of his career, Reggie Sanders played for seven different teams in seven seasons.

For a player with a historic combination of power and speed, it was more a case of being attractive to many teams than unwanted by others.

“You always want security for your family,” Sanders said. “But I’ve learned to play through one-year contracts. Fortunately, things have worked out.”

For Sanders, they worked out well enough to earn a spot on the 2013 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot.

2013 BBWAA Hall of Fame Candidate Tim Raines (Photo File/NBHOF Library)

Tim Raines finished his big league career with the highest percentage of stolen bases of any player with 300-plus steals.

Now he is hoping to join the one percent of major league baseball players to make it into the Hall of Fame.

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