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1974 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Former Yankee teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1974. Mantle's 88.2% was one of the highest percentages ever. Fellow 500 Home Run Club member Eddie Mathews finished a distant 9th with only 32.3% of the vote. Mantle becomes only the 7th player to be inducted in his first try (five players from 2001-2006 made it on their first try showing how times have changed).

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 274 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Mickey Mantle 322 88.2% P 1st
Whitey Ford 284 77.8% P 2nd
Robin Roberts 224 61.4% P 2nd
Ralph Kiner 215 58.9% P 14th
Gil Hodges 198 54.2% P 6th
Bob Lemon 190 52.1% P 12th
Enos Slaughter 145 39.7% P 10th
Pee Wee Reese 141 38.6% P 12th
Eddie Mathews 118 32.3% P 1st
Phil Rizzuto 111 30.4% P 14th
Duke Snider 111 30.4% P 5th
Red Schoendienst 110 30.1% P 6th
Allie Reynolds 101 27.7% P 15th
George Kell 94 25.8% P 12th
Nellie Fox 79 21.6% P 4th
Roger Maris 78 21.4% P 1st
Hal Newhouser 73 20.0% P 13th
Phil Cavarretta 61 16.7% P 13th
Richie Ashburn 56 15.3% P 7th
Alvin Dark 54 14.8% P 10th
Johnny Sain 51 14.0% P 9th
Don Larsen 29 7.9% P 1st
Ted Kluszewski 28 7.7% P 8th
Mickey Vernon 27 7.4% P 10th
Elston Howard 19 5.2% P 1st
Carl Erskine 11 3.0% P 8th
Walker Cooper 9 2.5% P 7th
Harvey Haddix 8 2.2% P 4th
Lew Burdette 7 1.9% P 2nd
Don Newcombe 7 1.9% P 10th
Bobby Thomson 6 1.6% P 10th
Vern Law 5 1.4% P 2nd
Bobby Richardson 5 1.4% P 3rd
Dick Groat 4 1.1% P 2nd
Roy McMillan 4 1.1% P 3rd
Billy Pierce 4 1.1% P 5th
Gil McDougald 3 0.8% P 9th
Vic Raschi 3 0.8% P 8th
Bobby Shantz 3 0.8% P 5th
Curt Simmons 3 0.8% P 2nd
Bill Virdon 3 0.8% P 1st
Smoky Burgess 2 0.5% P 2nd
Rocky Colavito 2 0.5% P 1st
Vic Wertz 2 0.5% P 5th

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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Mantle in a 1954 Red Heart dogfood baseball card.

Total ballots cast: 365

Ballots necessary for election: 274

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