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"Nolan knows he has perfect mechanics. It makes no difference that he doesn't understand the mechanics. He lucked into throwing the ball right. It came naturally to him. If he had been taught, he probably wouldn't do it right."
--Dr. Mike Marshall, former Dodgers relief pitcher on Nolan Rya


1984 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew and Don Drysdale were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1984.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 303 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Luis Aparicio 341 84.6% P 6th
Harmon Killebrew 335 83.1% P 4th
Don Drysdale 316 78.4% P 10th
Hoyt Wilhelm 290 72.0% P 7th
Nellie Fox 246 61.0% P 14th
Billy Williams 202 50.1% P 3rd
Jim Bunning 201 49.9% P 8th
Orlando Cepeda 124 30.8% P 5th
Tony Oliva 124 30.8% P 3rd
Roger Maris 107 26.6% P 11th
Harvey Kuenn 106 26.3% P 8th
Maury Wills 104 25.8% P 7th
Lew Burdette 97 24.1% P 12th
Bill Mazeroski 74 18.4% P 7th
Roy Face 65 16.1% P 9th
Elston Howard 45 11.2% P 11th
Joe Torre 45 11.2% P 2nd
Thurman Munson 29 7.2% P 4th
Don Larsen 25 6.2% P 11th
Wilbur Wood 14 3.5% P 1st
Jim Fregosi 4 1.0% P 1st
Jim Bouton 3 0.7% P 1st
Davey Johnson 3 0.7% P 1st
Mickey Stanley 2 0.5% P 1st
Bob Bailey 1 0.2% P 1st
Nelson Briles 1 0.2% P 1st
Clay Carroll 1 0.2% P 1st
Ron Fairly 0 0.0% P 1st

Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame. Special thanks to Keith Hemmelman for compiling the data.
Note: Those with less than 5% of the vote were ineligible for future elections by the BBWAA and could only be elected by the Veteran's Committee.

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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Drysdale's election infuriated some Mickey Lolich fans.

Photo by Michael Ponzini, 2006

Total ballots cast: 403

Ballots necessary for election: 303

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