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1937 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Three more former players were immortalized by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1937. Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, and Cy Young all received the necessary 75% approval from the writers. The trio were top three finishers in 1936 among those who did not make the cut.

Voting by Year

The rules for 1937 stated that the player must have been active since 1900 and could not have been active during the current year. This ruled out Mickey Cochrane, who finished 10th in 1936 but did not retire until after the 1937 season.

During the winter meetings in Chicago in December, a committee consisting of Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis, AL President Will Harridge, and NL President Ford Frick collectively decided to add current Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack, former New York Giants manager John McGraw, 19th century baseball organizer George Wright (who built the first pro team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings), and the first president of each league: Morgan Bulkeley of the National League and Ban Johnson of the American. That the latter two were chosen ahead of Alexander Cartwright or Henry Chadwick tells you all you need to know about the politics involved. It's no different than politicians passing bills naming airports after other deceased political hacks.

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 151 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Nap Lajoie 168 83.6% P 3rd
Tris Speaker 165 82.1% P 2nd
Cy Young 153 76.1% P 3rd
Pete Alexander 125 62.2% P 2nd
Eddie Collins 115 57.2% P 2nd
Willie Keeler 115 57.2% P 3rd
George Sisler 106 52.7% P 2nd
Ed Delahanty 70 34.8% P 3rd
Rube Waddell 67 33.3% P 2nd
Jimmy Collins 66 32.8% P 3rd
Ed Walsh 56 27.9% P 2nd
Rogers Hornsby 53 26.4% P 2nd
Frank Chance 49 24.4% P 2nd
Johnny Evers 44 21.9% P 2nd
Roger Bresnahan 43 21.4% P 2nd
John McGraw 35 17.4% M 3rd
Mordecai Brown 31 15.4% P 2nd
Rabbit Maranville 25 12.4% P 1st
Ray Schalk 24 11.9% P 2nd
Eddie Plank 23 11.4% P 1st
Fred Clarke 22 10.9% P 3rd
Johnny Kling 20 10.0% P 2nd
Hal Chase 18 9.0% P 2nd
Chief Bender 17 8.5% P 2nd
Lou Criger 16 8.0% P 3rd
Ross Youngs 16 8.0% P 2nd
Herb Pennock 15 7.5% P 1st
Joe Tinker 15 7.5% P 1st
Frank Baker 13 6.5% P 2nd
Rube Marquard 13 6.5% P 2nd
Joe Wood 13 6.5% P 1st
Joe McGinnity 12 6.0% P 1st
Addie Joss 11 5.5% P 1st
Nap Rucker 11 5.5% P 2nd
Harry Heilmann 10 5.0% P 1st
Edd Roush 10 5.0% P 2nd
Dazzy Vance 10 5.0% P 2nd
Babe Adams 8 4.0% P 1st
Hugh Duffy 7 3.5% P 2nd
Jimmy Archer 6 3.0% P 1st
Max Carey 6 3.0% P 1st
Mike Donlin 6 3.0% P 1st
Harry Hooper 6 3.0% P 1st
Bill Bradley 5 2.5% P 2nd
Bill Carrigan 5 2.5% P 1st
Sam Crawford 5 2.5% P 2nd
Miller Huggins 5 2.5% M 1st
Wilbert Robinson 5 2.5% M 2nd
Fred Tenney 5 2.5% P 2nd
Zack Wheat 5 2.5% P 1st
Earle Combs 4 2.0% P 1st
Clark Griffith 4 2.0% P/E 1st
Hughie Jennings 4 2.0% P 2nd
Nick Altrock 3 1.5% P 1st
Dave Bancroft 3 1.5% P 1st
George Burns 3 1.5% P 1st
Bill Donovan 3 1.5% P 1st
Red Faber 3 1.5% P 1st
Duffy Lewis 3 1.5% P 1st
Art Nehf 3 1.5% P 1st
Roger Peckinpaugh 3 1.5% P 1st
Marty Bergen 2 1.0% P 1st
Ping Bodie 2 1.0% P 1st
Jack Coombs 2 1.0% P 1st
Gavvy Cravath 2 1.0% P 1st
Jake Daubert 2 1.0% P 3rd
Larry Doyle 2 1.0% P 1st
Art Fletcher 2 1.0% P 1st
Hank Gowdy 2 1.0% P 1st
Hans Lobert 2 1.0% P 1st
Sherry Magee 2 1.0% P 1st
Ossee Schreckengost 2 1.0% P 1st
Everett Scott 2 1.0% P 1st
Ted Breitenstein 1 0.5% P 1st
Jesse Burkett 1 0.5% P 2nd
Donie Bush 1 0.5% P 1st
Jack Chesbro 1 0.5% P 1st
Bill Cissell 1 0.5% P 1st
Shano Collins 1 0.5% P 1st
Red Dooin 1 0.5% P 1st
Joe Dugan 1 0.5% P 1st
Kid Elberfeld 1 0.5% P 2nd
Cy Falkenberg 1 0.5% P 1st
Kid Gleason 1 0.5% P 1st
Burleigh Grimes 1 0.5% P 1st
Heinie Groh 1 0.5% P 1st
Bill Hinchman 1 0.5% P 1st
Joe Judge 1 0.5% P 1st
Dickie Kerr 1 0.5% P 1st
Tommy Leach 1 0.5% P 1st
Sam Leever 1 0.5% P 1st
Herman Long 1 0.5% P 2nd
Dolf Luque 1 0.5% P 1st
Stuffy McInnis 1 0.5% P 1st
Larry McLean 1 0.5% P 1st
Bob Meusel 1 0.5% P 1st
Hack Miller 1 0.5% P 1st
Pat Moran 1 0.5% P 1st
Danny Murphy 1 0.5% P 1st
Red Murray 1 0.5% P 1st
Dode Paskert 1 0.5% P 1st
Bugs Raymond 1 0.5% P 1st
Eppa Rixey 1 0.5% P 1st
Dick Rudolph 1 0.5% P 1st
Amos Rusie 1 0.5% P 2nd
Frank Schulte 1 0.5% P 1st
Joe Sewell 1 0.5% P 1st
Harry Steinfeldt 1 0.5% P 1st
Gabby Street 1 0.5% P 1st
Billy Sullivan 1 0.5% P 1st
Bobby Veach 1 0.5% P 1st
Bobby Wallace 1 0.5% P 2nd
Hack Wilson 1 0.5% P 1st

Note: Players who appeared on both the BBWAA and "Veteran's Committee" ballots in 1936 had two chances to get in. This is why Nap Lajoie and others are on their "3rd" try even though this is year two of Hall voting.

Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame. Special thanks to Keith Hemmelman for compiling the data.

Hall of Fame References

Baseball's Hall of Fame: Cooperstown--Where the Legends Live Forever by Lowell Reidenbaugh
A Legend for the Legendary: The Origin of the Baseball Hall of Fame by James A. Vlasich
The Politics Of Glory, How Baseball Hall Of Fame Really Works by Bill James
Whatever Happened To The Hall Of Fame? by Bill James

Out by a Step: The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame
by Mike Shalin
Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia
by John Thorn, et al.
2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia by Gary Gillette (Editor), Pete Palmer (Editor).

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Napolean Lajoie received the most votes in 1937. He won a triple crown as a second basemen and hit an American League record .426 in 1901.

Photo Courtesy Library of Congress

Total ballots cast: 201

Ballots necessary for election: 151

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