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1972 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Sandy Koufax became the youngest-ever inductee and Yogi Berra and Early Wynn also were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1972.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 297 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Sandy Koufax 344 86.9% P 1st
Yogi Berra 339 85.6% P 2nd
Early Wynn 301 76.0% P 4th
Ralph Kiner 235 59.3% P 12th
Gil Hodges 161 40.7% P 4th
Johnny Mize 157 39.6% P 12th
Enos Slaughter 149 37.6% P 8th
Pee Wee Reese 129 32.6% P 10th
Marty Marion 120 30.3% P 13th
Bob Lemon 117 29.5% P 10th
George Kell 115 29.0% P 10th
Allie Reynolds 105 26.5% P 13th
Red Schoendienst 104 26.3% P 4th
Phil Rizzuto 103 26.0% P 12th
Hal Newhouser 92 23.2% P 11th
Duke Snider 84 21.2% P 3rd
Nellie Fox 64 16.2% P 2nd
Phil Cavarretta 61 15.4% P 11th
Alvin Dark 55 13.9% P 8th
Dom DiMaggio 36 9.1% P 8th
Bobo Newsom 31 7.8% P 12th
Charlie Keller 24 6.1% P 11th
Johnny Sain 21 5.3% P 7th
Mickey Vernon 12 3.0% P 8th
Richie Ashburn 11 2.8% P 5th
Ted Kluszewski 10 2.5% P 6th
Bobby Thomson 10 2.5% P 8th
Harvey Haddix 9 2.3% P 2nd
Roy McMillan 9 2.3% P 1st
Bobby Shantz 9 2.3% P 3rd
Walker Cooper 8 2.0% P 5th
Bobby Richardson 8 2.0% P 1st
Don Newcombe 7 1.8% P 8th
Harry Brecheen 5 1.3% P 6th
Dutch Leonard 5 1.3% P 6th
Carl Erskine 4 1.0% P 6th
Gil McDougald 4 1.0% P 7th
Billy Pierce 4 1.0% P 3rd
Vic Raschi 4 1.0% P 6th
Vic Wertz 4 1.0% P 3rd
Vic Power 3 0.8% P 2nd
Roy Sievers 3 0.8% P 2nd
Carl Furillo 2 0.5% P 5th
Ed Lopat 2 0.5% P 5th
Preacher Roe 2 0.5% P 6th
Jackie Jensen 1 0.3% P 6th

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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Jane Leavy wrote a controversial biography of Koufax called Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy in 2003.

Total ballots cast: 396

Ballots necessary for election: 297

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