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1978 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Eddie Mathews was voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1978.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 285 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Eddie Mathews 301 79.4% P 5th
Enos Slaughter 261 68.9% P 14th
Duke Snider 254 67.0% P 9th
Gil Hodges 226 59.6% P 10th
Don Drysdale 219 57.8% P 4th
Jim Bunning 181 47.8% P 2nd
Pee Wee Reese 168 44.3% P 16th
Richie Ashburn 158 41.7% P 11th
Hoyt Wilhelm 158 41.7% P 1st
Nellie Fox 149 39.3% P 8th
Red Schoendienst 130 34.3% P 10th
Maury Wills 115 30.3% P 1st
Roger Maris 83 21.9% P 5th
Lew Burdette 76 20.1% P 6th
Mickey Vernon 66 17.4% P 14th
Alvin Dark 60 15.8% P 14th
Harvey Kuenn 58 15.3% P 2nd
Ted Kluszewski 51 13.5% P 12th
Don Newcombe 48 12.7% P 14th
Elston Howard 41 10.8% P 5th
Don Larsen 32 8.4% P 5th
Roy Face 27 7.1% P 3rd
Bill Mazeroski 23 6.1% P 1st
Ken Boyer 18 4.7% P 4th
Curt Flood 8 2.1% P 2nd
Harvey Haddix 7 1.8% P 8th
Del Crandall 6 1.6% P 3rd
Vern Law 6 1.6% P 6th
Bobby Thomson 5 1.3% P 14th
Vic Wertz 4 1.1% P 9th
Dick Groat 3 0.8% P 6th
Jim Maloney 2 0.5% P 1st
Clete Boyer 1 0.3% P 1st
Denny McLain 1 0.3% P 1st
Camilo Pascual 1 0.3% P 2nd
Mudcat Grant 0 0.0% P 1st
Pedro Ramos 0 0.0% 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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Eddie Mathews finally joined other members of the 500 HR club in the Hall.

Picture of postcard courtesy of LCPC

Total ballots cast: 379

Ballots necessary for election: 285

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