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"If you aim to steal 30 or 40 bases a year, you do it by surprising the other side. But if your goal is 50 to 100 bases, the element of surprise doesn’t matter. You go even though they know you're going to go. Then each steal becomes a contest, matching your skills against theirs."
--Lou Brock, Cardinals outfielder months before breaking stolen base record


1985 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Lou Brock and Hoyt Wilhelm were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1985. Nellie Fox finished just two votes shy of election in his 15th and final attempt. He would eventually be inducted by the Veteran's Committee, but not until 1997.

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.)

Hoyt Wilhelm 331 83.8% P 8th
Lou Brock 315 79.7% P 1st
Nellie Fox 295 74.7% P 15th
Billy Williams 252 63.8% P 4th
Jim Bunning 214 54.2% P 9th
Catfish Hunter 212 53.7% P 1st
Roger Maris 128 32.4% P 12th
Harvey Kuenn 125 31.6% P 9th
Orlando Cepeda 114 28.9% P 6th
Tony Oliva 114 28.9% P 4th
Maury Wills 93 23.5% P 8th
Bill Mazeroski 87 22.0% P 8th
Lew Burdette 82 20.8% P 13th
Mickey Lolich 78 19.7% P 1st
Ken Boyer 68 17.2% P 6th
Roy Face 62 15.7% P 10th
Elston Howard 54 13.7% P 12th
Ron Santo 53 13.4% P 2nd
Joe Torre 44 11.1% P 3rd
Don Larsen 32 8.1% P 12th
Thurman Munson 32 8.1% P 5th
Dick Allen 28 7.1% P 2nd
Curt Flood 28 7.1% P 4th
Vada Pinson 19 4.8% P 4th
Wilbur Wood 16 4.1% P 2nd
Harvey Haddix 15 3.8% P 10th
Dave McNally 7 1.8% P 3rd
Ken Holtzman 4 1.0% P 1st
Ron Fairly 3 0.8% P 2nd
Jim Lonborg 3 0.8% P 1st
Andy Messersmith 3 0.8% P 1st
Don Kessinger 2 0.5% P 1st
Denny McLain 2 0.5% P 3rd
Jesus Alou 1 0.3% P 1st
Rico Carty 1 0.3% P 1st
Dock Ellis 1 0.3% P 1st
Clay Carroll 0 0.0% P 2nd
Ed Kranepool 0 0.0% P 1st
George Scott 0 0.0% P 1st
Bobby Tolan 0 0.0% P 1st
Roy White 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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Lou Brock (on right with Bart Giamotti) owned both the single season and career stolen base marks and had 3000 hits when he retired.

Photo by Michael Ponzini, ©2006

Total ballots cast: 395

Ballots necessary for election: 297

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