I thought maybe I remembered him from "The Sportswriters on TV", but the record shows otherwise. So I must remember him for his contributions to Baseball Digest back in the day. I think it was Steve Stone who suggested that every closer in the game should give Holtzman a 10% commission.
And please, keep LaTroy Hawkins away from the casket when it's time to pick pallbearers?
I don't know too much about Holtzman, but it is interesting to note that he passed just over a week after another notable baseball historian, Red Foley. Without these two, the way we take note of stats in baseball and the importance we give them would be very different.
I agree with you that nothing is a lock, but I think the hall has been slightly kinder to relievers in recent years and him being the most dominant closer outside of Mariano Rivera during a large amount of his career should get him into the hall next y...