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1942 Hall of Fame Results

Rogers Hornsby was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1942.

Voting by Year

The 1942 election to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame was the first to be conducted in three years, and the only regular election in the years 1940 to 1944; in 1939 the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) had moved to hold elections every three years rather than annually, now that the Hall had opened. This was a widely criticized move, as observers generally agreed that electing 3 players per year - the pace established from 1936 to 1939 - was an ideal number for annual induction.

After the Old-Timers Committee made its six selections in 1939 from among the figures of the 19th century era, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis completely revised the committee's membership, establishing it as the Hall of Fame Committee and designating it as the Hall's permanent governing body; from 1939 to 1944, its four members were: Athletics owner/manager Connie Mack; Yankees president Ed Barrow; Braves president Bob Quinn; and sportswriter Sid Mercer. This committee was responsible, in its function as the Old-Timers Committee, for selecting additional worthy candidates from the 19th century; however, the committee never convened during this 5-year period, and made no selections - creating greater complaints that the stars of the 1880s and 1890s were being ignored.

Members of the BBWAA again had the authority to select any players active in the 20th century, provided they had been retired for one year. Voters were instructed to cast votes for 10 candidates; any candidate receiving votes on at least 75% of the ballots would be honored with induction to the Hall.

A total of 233 ballots were cast, with 2328 individual votes for 72 specific candidates; 175 votes were required for election. Players of the 1900s and 1910s, who many voters felt should be given priority, dominated the voting to an even greater extent than they had in 1939. Of the top 22 candidates in the voting, 17 had not seen any substantial play since 1917; only 3 of the top 32 had played their final season anytime between 1918 and 1933. Players who had been retired over 24 years - 42 of the 72 named - received 66% of the votes. The results were announced in January 1942.

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 175 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Rogers Hornsby 182 78.1% P 5th
Frank Chance 136 58.4% P 5th
Rube Waddell 136 58.4% P 5th
Ed Walsh 113 48.5% P 5th
Miller Huggins 111 47.6% M 4th
Ed Delahanty 104 44.6% P 6th
Johnny Evers 91 39.1% P 5th
Wilbert Robinson 89 38.2% M 5th
Mickey Cochrane 88 37.8% P 3rd
Frankie Frisch 84 36.1% P 3rd
Hugh Duffy 77 33.0% P 5th
Herb Pennock 72 30.9% P 4th
Clark Griffith 71 30.5% P/E 4th
Jimmy Collins 68 29.2% P 6th
Rabbit Maranville 66 28.3% P 4th
Hughie Jennings 64 27.5% P 5th
Mordecai Brown 63 27.0% P 5th
Eddie Plank 63 27.0% P 4th
Joe McGinnity 59 25.3% P 4th
Fred Clarke 58 24.9% P 6th
Roger Bresnahan 57 24.5% P 5th
Chief Bender 55 23.6% P 5th
Ray Schalk 53 22.7% P 5th
Pie Traynor 45 19.3% P 4th
Ross Youngs 44 18.9% P 5th
Frank Baker 39 16.7% P 5th
Dazzy Vance 37 15.9% P 5th
Bill Terry 36 15.5% P 4th
Joe Tinker 36 15.5% P 4th
Addie Joss 33 14.2% P 4th
Johnny Kling 15 6.4% P 5th
Nap Rucker 15 6.4% P 5th
Babe Adams 11 4.7% P 4th
Hank Gowdy 8 3.4% P 4th
Kid Nichols 5 2.1% P 4th
Jesse Burkett 4 1.7% P 4th
Harry Heilmann 4 1.7% P 4th
Eddie Grant 3 1.3% P 3rd
Branch Rickey 3 1.3% P/E 1st
Zack Wheat 3 1.3% P 4th
Donie Bush 2 0.9% P 3rd
Sam Crawford 2 0.9% P 5th
Pepper Martin 2 0.9% P 1st
Roger Peckinpaugh 2 0.9% P 4th
Bobby Wallace 2 0.9% P 5th
Ginger Beaumont 1 0.4% P 2nd
Jake Beckley 1 0.4% P 2nd
Joe Boley 1 0.4% P 1st
Bill Bradley 1 0.4% P 5th
Lave Cross 1 0.4% P 2nd
Bill Dineen 1 0.4% P 3rd
Jack Dunn 1 0.4% P 1st
Kid Elberfeld 1 0.4% P 4th
Red Faber 1 0.4% P 4th
Billy Hamilton 1 0.4% P 2nd
Babe Herman 1 0.4% P 1st
Waite Hoyt 1 0.4% P 2nd
Joe Kelley 1 0.4% P 2nd
Dickie Kerr 1 0.4% P 4th
Arlie Latham 1 0.4% P 3rd
Bobby Lowe 1 0.4% P 2nd
Sherry Magee 1 0.4% P 4th
Deacon Phillippe 1 0.4% P 2nd
Edd Roush 1 0.4% P 5th
Amos Rusie 1 0.4% P 5th
Germany Schaefer 1 0.4% P 1st
Everett Scott 1 0.4% P 4th
Harry Steinfeldt 1 0.4% P 3rd
Fred Tenney 1 0.4% P 5th
Bill Wambsganss 1 0.4% P 1st
Hack Wilson 1 0.4% P 3rd
Joe Wood 1 0.4% P 4th

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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Rogers Hornsby

Total ballots cast: 233

Ballots necessary for election: 175

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