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1988 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Willie Stargell was voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1988. Jim Bunning finished just 4 votes shy of election and seemed a sure thing for 1989.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 321 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Willie Stargell 352 82.4% P 1st
Jim Bunning 317 74.2% P 12th
Tony Oliva 202 47.3% P 7th
Orlando Cepeda 199 46.6% P 9th
Roger Maris 184 43.1% P 15th
Harvey Kuenn 168 39.3% P 12th
Bill Mazeroski 143 33.5% P 11th
Luis Tiant 132 30.9% P 1st
Maury Wills 127 29.7% P 11th
Ken Boyer 109 25.5% P 9th
Mickey Lolich 109 25.5% P 4th
Ron Santo 108 25.3% P 5th
Minnie Minoso 90 21.1% P 4th
Roy Face 79 18.5% P 13th
Vada Pinson 67 15.7% P 7th
Joe Torre 60 14.1% P 6th
Sparky Lyle 56 13.1% P 1st
Elston Howard 53 12.4% P 15th
Dick Allen 52 12.2% P 5th
Curt Flood 48 11.2% P 7th
Thurman Munson 32 7.5% P 8th
Don Larsen 31 7.3% P 15th
Wilbur Wood 30 7.0% P 5th
Bobby Bonds 27 6.3% P 2nd
Manny Mota 18 4.2% P 1st
Mark Belanger 16 3.7% P 1st
Bill Lee 3 0.7% P 1st
Lee May 3 0.7% P 1st
Reggie Smith 3 0.7% P 1st
Al Hrabosky 1 0.2% P 1st
Stan Bahnsen 0 0.0% P 1st
Ross Grimsley 0 0.0% P 1st
Larry Hisle 0 0.0% P 1st
Grant Jackson 0 0.0% P 1st
Randy Jones 0 0.0% P 1st
John Mayberry 0 0.0% P 1st
Lynn McGlothen 0 0.0% P 1st
Doc Medich 0 0.0% P 1st
John Milner 0 0.0% P 1st
Willie Montanez 0 0.0% P 1st
Joe Rudi 0 0.0% P 1st
Jim Spencer 0 0.0% P 1st
Del Unser 0 0.0% P 1st
Rick Wise 0 0.0% P 1st

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.
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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