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Hall of Fame Ballot History –

Posted by admin on January 9, 2012

B-R: Hall of Fame Ballot History

This report looks at the top 8 vote-getters in Hall of Fame balloting each election and also shows the average number of votes per ballot for each season. Using this you can see how candidates like Bert Blyleven, Barry Larkin and others have progressed up the ballot year after year.

5 Responses to “Hall of Fame Ballot History –”

  1. paulm2424 Says:

    How about Jim Kaat. Good pitcher and a good player. He played on OK teams and would have the numbers if he had played on winners.

  2. Alicia Says:

    Barry's stats were almost as good as Bernie Williams. Almost. Of course there's no comparing post season stats or number of championships.

  3. Jeff J. Says:


    "Barry's stats were almost as good as Bernie Williams. Almost."

    Bernie was almost a shortstop. No wait, he wasn't.

    If Bernie played in Cincy & Barry played for the Yanks, you'd hear of Barry WAY more than you hear of Bernie

  4. Dan Franzen Says:

    Interesting little oddity: Of the 50 players who received at least one vote in the first election, in 1936, only six never made it to the Hall, the most prominent being Hal Chase.

  5. philip o'carolan Says:

    i can't help but think that all those umpires,founders,coaches etc. should be separated from the players in some fashion or an other. the umpires have their own hall oh fame anyway . those other guys don't belong in the same place as the 241 players.