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1986 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Willie McCovey was voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1986. Billy Williams finished just four votes shy in his 5th attempt, making him a good candidate for election in '87.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 319 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Willie McCovey 346 81.4% P 1st
Billy Williams 315 74.1% P 5th
Catfish Hunter 289 68.0% P 2nd
Jim Bunning 279 65.6% P 10th
Roger Maris 177 41.6% P 13th
Tony Oliva 154 36.2% P 5th
Orlando Cepeda 152 35.8% P 7th
Harvey Kuenn 144 33.9% P 10th
Maury Wills 124 29.2% P 9th
Bill Mazeroski 100 23.5% P 9th
Lew Burdette 96 22.6% P 14th
Ken Boyer 95 22.4% P 7th
Minnie Minoso 89 20.9% P 2nd
Mickey Lolich 86 20.2% P 2nd
Roy Face 74 17.4% P 11th
Ron Santo 64 15.1% P 3rd
Joe Torre 60 14.1% P 4th
Elston Howard 51 12.0% P 13th
Curt Flood 45 10.6% P 5th
Vada Pinson 43 10.1% P 5th
Dick Allen 41 9.6% P 3rd
Thurman Munson 35 8.2% P 6th
Don Larsen 33 7.8% P 13th
Wilbur Wood 23 5.4% P 3rd
Tim McCarver 16 3.8% P 1st
Dave McNally 12 2.8% P 4th
John Hiller 11 2.6% P 1st
Paul Blair 8 1.9% P 1st
J.R. Richard 7 1.6% P 1st
Ken Holtzman 5 1.2% P 2nd
Willie Horton 4 0.9% P 1st
Jim Lonborg 3 0.7% P 2nd
Andy Messersmith 3 0.7% P 2nd
Dave Cash 2 0.5% P 1st
Manny Sanguillen 2 0.5% P 1st
Jack Billingham 1 0.2% P 1st
Jose Cardenal 1 0.2% P 1st
Bud Harrelson 1 0.2% P 1st
George Scott 1 0.2% P 2nd
Vic Davalillo 0 0.0% P 1st
Darold Knowles 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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Picture of postcard courtesy of LCPC

Total ballots cast: 425

Ballots necessary for election: 319

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