Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Rogers Hornsby, Lefty Grove, Tris Speaker, and Jimmie Foxx were all among those who got shafted (along with legendary figures like John McGraw and Connie Mack) due to the era they were first on the ballot. There is no question they deserved to be (along with many others) on the first ballot, and would be if it were done over.
It makes the hall notion of "first ballot hall of famer" mean a lot less when players like Murray, Puckett, and Molitor get in without waiting while DiMaggio, Gehrig Hornsby, and Grove are among those not in the club.
And the addition of Gehrig of course invalidates my inclusion of him on my list for those who didn't get in first ballot. Gehrig got in on a special ballot, l