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1956 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Hank Greenberg and Joe Cronin were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1956.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 145 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

VOTING RESULTS...
NAME VOTES % CAT. TIMES
Hank Greenberg 164 85.0% P 10th
Joe Cronin 152 78.8% P 11th
Red Ruffing 97 50.3% P 10th
Edd Roush 91 47.2% P 17th
Lefty Gomez 89 46.1% P 12th
Hack Wilson 74 38.3% P 13th
Max Carey 65 33.7% P 13th
Tony Lazzeri 64 33.2% P 12th
Kiki Cuyler 55 28.5% P 9th
Hank Gowdy 49 25.4% P 15th
Sam Rice 45 23.3% P 10th
Chuck Klein 44 22.8% P 8th
Jim Bottomley 42 21.8% P 9th
Waite Hoyt 37 19.2% P 12th
Red Faber 34 17.6% P 13th
Joe Medwick 31 16.1% P 2nd
Eppa Rixey 27 14.0% P 13th
Goose Goslin 26 13.5% P 6th
Zack Wheat 26 13.5% P 16th
Burleigh Grimes 25 13.0% P 11th
Ross Youngs 19 9.8% P 18th
Lloyd Waner 18 9.3% P 5th
Jimmie Wilson 17 8.8% P 9th
Chick Hafey 16 8.3% P 9th
Muddy Ruel 16 8.3% P 8th
Dave Bancroft 15 7.8% P 13th
Luke Appling 14 7.3% P 3rd
Earle Combs 14 7.3% P 11th
Jesse Haines 14 7.3% P 9th
Travis Jackson 14 7.3% P 9th
Heinie Manush 13 6.7% P 3rd
Paul Derringer 12 6.2% P 5th
Babe Herman 11 5.7% P 10th
Cy Williams 11 5.7% P 11th
Arky Vaughan 9 4.7% P 4th
Howard Ehmke 8 4.1% P 8th
Ernie Lombardi 8 4.1% P 3rd
Wes Ferrell 7 3.6% P 3rd
Pepper Martin 7 3.6% P 10th
Bobby Doerr 5 2.6% P 2nd
Lefty O'Doul 5 2.6% P 7th
Bucky Walters 5 2.6% P 4th
Doc Cramer 4 2.1% P 1st
Joe Gordon 4 2.1% P 3rd
Earl Averill 3 1.6% P 4th
Tommy Bridges 3 1.6% P 1st
George Earnshaw 3 1.6% P 5th
Freddie Fitzsimmons 3 1.6% P 4th
Freddie Lindstrom 3 1.6% P 2nd
Frank McCormick 3 1.6% P 1st
Red Rolfe 3 1.6% P 5th
Joe Sewell 3 1.6% P 5th
Johnny Vander Meer 3 1.6% P 2nd
Glenn Wright 3 1.6% P 9th
Ossie Bluege 2 1.0% P 4th
Lou Boudreau 2 1.0% P 1st
Guy Bush 2 1.0% P 1st
Mort Cooper 2 1.0% P 1st
Hughie Critz 2 1.0% P 1st
Lew Fonseca 2 1.0% P 3rd
Tommy Henrich 2 1.0% P 3rd
Billy Herman 2 1.0% P 2nd
Joe Judge 2 1.0% P 5th
Charlie Keller 2 1.0% P 2nd
George Kelly 2 1.0% P 4th
Hal Schumacher 2 1.0% P 3rd
Riggs Stephenson 2 1.0% P 1st
Jim Tobin 2 1.0% P 1st
Nick Altrock 1 0.5% P 6th
Wally Berger 1 0.5% P 1st
Max Bishop 1 0.5% P 2nd
Dolph Camilli 1 0.5% P 2nd
Spud Chandler 1 0.5% P 3rd
Frankie Crosetti 1 0.5% P 3rd
Tony Cuccinello 1 0.5% P 1st
Bill Dineen 1 0.5% P 6th
Joe Dugan 1 0.5% P 5th
Leo Durocher 1 0.5% M 4th
Jimmie Dykes 1 0.5% P 8th
Rick Ferrell 1 0.5% P 1st
Mule Haas 1 0.5% P 2nd
Stan Hack 1 0.5% P 5th
Bill Hallahan 1 0.5% P 2nd
Bob Johnson 1 0.5% P 2nd
Sam Jones 1 0.5% P 3rd
Joe Kuhel 1 0.5% P 1st
Al Lopez 1 0.5% M 4th
Dolf Luque 1 0.5% P 7th
Marty Marion 1 0.5% P 1st
Bob Meusel 1 0.5% P 9th
Johnny Mostil 1 0.5% P 1st
Jack Quinn 1 0.5% P 2nd
Allie Reynolds 1 0.5% P 1st
Phil Rizzuto 1 0.5% P 1st
Al Schacht 1 0.5% P 4th
Wally Schang 1 0.5% P 3rd
Everett Scott 1 0.5% P 14th
Bill Sherdel 1 0.5% P 7th
Earl Smith 1 0.5% P 2nd
Gus Suhr 1 0.5% P 1st
Jim Turner 1 0.5% P 1st
George Uhle 1 0.5% P 1st
Bill Wambsganss 1 0.5% P 6th
Burgess Whitehead 1 0.5% P 1st
Earl Whitehill 1 0.5% P 1st
Ken Williams 1 0.5% P 1st

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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HALL OF FAME

Total ballots cast: 193

Ballots necessary for election: 145


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