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"The first year that I became a manager, 1969, with the Twins, I won a division championship. And got fired. The Tigers hired me. I had made $35,000 and the Tigers gave me a big raise. I won another division title and got fired again. Texas hired me, and with a bigger raise. I came in second, and got fired. The Yankees hired me, and tripled my salary, When I got fired there, and Oakland hired me - they gave me an unbelievalbe raise. I've got a long-term contract now, but if I get fired again, I might run for President."
--Billy Martin, Oakland A's manager


1996 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

No one received enough votes in 1996 to be voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers. Tony Oliva received 36.2% in his last year of eligibility

Voting by Year

Votes by members of the BBWAA were tabulated by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. At least 353 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Phil Niekro 321 68.3% P 4th
Tony Perez 309 65.7% P 5th
Don Sutton 300 63.8% P 3rd
Steve Garvey 175 37.2% P 4th
Ron Santo 174 37.0% P 13th
Tony Oliva 170 36.2% P 15th
Jim Rice 166 35.3% P 2nd
Bruce Sutter 137 29.1% P 3rd
Tommy John 102 21.7% P 2nd
Jim Kaat 91 19.4% P 8th
Dick Allen 89 18.9% P 13th
Curt Flood 71 15.1% P 15th
Luis Tiant 64 13.6% P 9th
Dave Concepcion 63 13.4% P 3rd
Minnie Minoso 62 13.2% P 12th
Vada Pinson 51 10.9% P 15th
Joe Torre 50 10.6% P 14th
Ron Guidry 37 7.9% P 3rd
Graig Nettles 37 7.9% P 3rd
Bob Boone 36 7.7% P 1st
Mickey Lolich 33 7.0% P 12th
Fred Lynn 26 5.5% P 1st
Bobby Bonds 24 5.1% P 10th
Keith Hernandez 24 5.1% P 1st
Rusty Staub 24 5.1% P 6th
Dan Quisenberry 18 3.8% P 1st
Frank White 18 3.8% P 1st
Bill Buckner 10 2.1% P 1st
Jerry Reuss 2 0.4% P 1st
John Tudor 2 0.4% P 1st
Chet Lemon 1 0.2% P 1st
Bob Knepper 0 0.0% P 1st
Jeffrey Leonard 0 0.0% P 1st
Johnny Ray 0 0.0% P 1st
Claudell Washington 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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Tony Oliva (pictured), Curt Flood and Vada Pinson failed in their last chance with the writers.

Photo by Michael Ponzini, 2006

Total ballots cast: 470

Ballots necessary for election: 353

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