I have heard Schmidt speak of how much he respected Allen and learned from him. I would be shocked if he voted No, but of course you never know.
The fact that he was 1 vote away hopefully means next time?
Buck O’Neill is a funny case to me. I doubt his time as a player really rates HOF, he was a solid player, but not great. Breaking color boundaries of course is huge, but his time as a coach and scout, without the bonus from breaking boundary, is also short I think. He was an ambassador for the game, and a truly great one, one of the greatest ever, but that isn’t even really a category.
The fact that he was not elected with the best of the Negroe Leaguers and was still the one selected to accept and speak on their behalf (sadly, none of them were alive) says more about his character and dedication to the game than anything. Not once did he mention himself. Amazing.
He deserves it in his own category. He truly is unique in Baseball History. I hope his family realizes how much respect he holds among baseball fans, if I could talk to ANY baseball person, he would be my first choice. (I did once get to briefly talk to Hank Aaaron, which thrilled me beyond explanation).