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1979 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Willie Mays was voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1979. What is remarkable is that 23 braindead members of the BBWAA did not think he deserved it and refused to vote for him. There are very few ballplayers who deserve to be voting in unanimously (and none have yet) but the Say Hey Kid was one of them.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 324 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Willie Mays 409 94.7% P 1st
Duke Snider 308 71.3% P 10th
Enos Slaughter 297 68.8% P 15th
Gil Hodges 242 56.0% P 11th
Don Drysdale 233 53.9% P 5th
Nellie Fox 174 40.3% P 9th
Hoyt Wilhelm 168 38.9% P 2nd
Maury Wills 166 38.4% P 2nd
Red Schoendienst 159 36.8% P 11th
Jim Bunning 147 34.0% P 3rd
Richie Ashburn 130 30.1% P 12th
Roger Maris 127 29.4% P 6th
Luis Aparicio 120 27.8% P 1st
Mickey Vernon 88 20.4% P 15th
Alvin Dark 80 18.5% P 15th
Harvey Kuenn 63 14.6% P 3rd
Ted Kluszewski 58 13.4% P 13th
Lew Burdette 53 12.3% P 7th
Don Larsen 53 12.3% P 6th
Don Newcombe 52 12.0% P 15th
Bill Mazeroski 36 8.3% P 2nd
Roy Face 35 8.1% P 4th
Elston Howard 30 6.9% P 6th
Ken Boyer 20 4.6% P 5th
Curt Flood 14 3.2% P 3rd
Bobby Thomson 11 2.5% P 15th
Del Crandall 9 2.1% P 4th
Vern Law 9 2.1% P 7th
Harvey Haddix 8 1.9% P 9th
Frank Howard 6 1.4% P 1st
Ron Perranoski 6 1.4% P 1st
Milt Pappas 5 1.2% P 1st
Clete Boyer 3 0.7% P 2nd
Denny McLain 3 0.7% P 2nd
Jim Maloney 2 0.5% P 2nd
Johnny Callison 1 0.2% P 1st
Hal Lanier 1 0.2% P 1st
Chris Short 1 0.2% P 1st
Tommie Agee 0 0.0% P 1st
Bernie Allen 0 0.0% P 1st
Gene Alley 0 0.0% P 1st
Jim Beauchamp 0 0.0% P 1st
Bobby Bolin 0 0.0% P 1st
Ray Culp 0 0.0% P 1st
Fred Gladding 0 0.0% P 1st
Jerry May 0 0.0% P 1st
Jose Pagan 0 0.0% P 1st
Joe Pepitone 0 0.0% P 1st
Rich Reese 0 0.0% P 1st
Larry Stahl 0 0.0% P 1st
John Stephenson 0 0.0% P 1st
Jimmy Stewart 0 0.0% P 1st
Jeff Torborg 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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Was there every a better all-around baseball player for his time than Willie Mays?

Picture of postcard courtesy of LCPC

Total ballots cast: 432

Ballots necessary for election: 324

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