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"Greaseball, greaseball, greaseball. That's all I throw him, and he still hits them. He's the only player in baseball who consistently hits my grease. He sees the ball so well, I guess he can pick out the dry side."
--Gaylord Perry, HOF pitcher, on Rod Carew


1989 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1989. Three-hundred-game winner Gaylord Perry, perhaps being punished by the writers for throwing a spitball, was 32 votes shy of election but had enough support to make eventually selection seem simply a matter of time.

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 336 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Johnny Bench 431 96.4% P 1st
Carl Yastrzemski 423 94.6% P 1st
Gaylord Perry 304 68.0% P 1st
Jim Bunning 283 63.3% P 13th
Fergie Jenkins 234 52.3% P 1st
Orlando Cepeda 176 39.4% P 10th
Tony Oliva 135 30.2% P 8th
Bill Mazeroski 134 30.0% P 12th
Harvey Kuenn 115 25.7% P 13th
Maury Wills 95 21.3% P 12th
Jim Kaat 87 19.5% P 1st
Ron Santo 75 16.8% P 6th
Ken Boyer 62 13.9% P 10th
Minnie Minoso 59 13.2% P 5th
Roy Face 47 10.5% P 14th
Mickey Lolich 47 10.5% P 5th
Luis Tiant 47 10.5% P 2nd
Joe Torre 40 8.9% P 7th
Dick Allen 35 7.8% P 6th
Vada Pinson 33 7.4% P 8th
Thurman Munson 31 6.9% P 9th
Bobby Bonds 29 6.5% P 3rd
Curt Flood 27 6.0% P 8th
Sparky Lyle 25 5.6% P 2nd
Bert Campaneris 14 3.1% P 1st
Wilbur Wood 14 3.1% P 6th
Manny Mota 9 2.0% P 2nd
Bobby Murcer 3 0.7% P 1st
Don Money 1 0.2% P 1st
Gene Tenace 1 0.2% P 1st
Jim Barr 0 0.0% P 1st
Terry Crowley 0 0.0% P 1st
Joe Ferguson 0 0.0% P 1st
Woodie Fryman 0 0.0% P 1st
Cesar Geronimo 0 0.0% P 1st
Dave Goltz 0 0.0% P 1st
Jon Matlack 0 0.0% P 1st
Rudy May 0 0.0% P 1st
Bake McBride 0 0.0% P 1st
Bill Robinson 0 0.0% P 1st
Richie Zisk 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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Photo by Michael Ponzini, 2006

Total ballots cast: 447

Ballots necessary for election: 336

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