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1987 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Billy Williams, who finished just four votes shy in 1986, and Catfish Hunter were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1987.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 310 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Billy Williams 354 85.7% P 6th
Catfish Hunter 315 76.3% P 3rd
Jim Bunning 289 70.0% P 11th
Orlando Cepeda 179 43.3% P 8th
Roger Maris 176 42.6% P 14th
Tony Oliva 160 38.7% P 6th
Harvey Kuenn 144 34.9% P 11th
Bill Mazeroski 125 30.3% P 10th
Maury Wills 113 27.4% P 10th
Ken Boyer 96 23.2% P 8th
Lew Burdette 96 23.2% P 15th
Mickey Lolich 84 20.3% P 3rd
Minnie Minoso 82 19.9% P 3rd
Roy Face 78 18.9% P 12th
Ron Santo 78 18.9% P 4th
Dick Allen 55 13.3% P 4th
Curt Flood 50 12.1% P 6th
Vada Pinson 48 11.6% P 6th
Joe Torre 47 11.4% P 5th
Elston Howard 44 10.7% P 14th
Don Larsen 30 7.3% P 14th
Thurman Munson 28 6.8% P 7th
Wilbur Wood 26 6.3% P 4th
Bobby Bonds 24 5.8% P 1st
Mike Marshall 6 1.5% P 1st
Sal Bando 3 0.7% P 1st
Jerry Grote 0 0.0% P 1st
Steve Stone 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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Billy Williams has stats very similar to Andre Dawson, but made it to the Hall much quicker.

Photo by Lou Sauritch, 2006

Total ballots cast: 413

Ballots necessary for election: 310

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