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1997 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Phil Niekro was voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1997. Don Sutton finished just seven votes shy of making it, making him a good candidate for 1998.

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 380 80.3% P 5th
Don Sutton 346 73.2% P 4th
Tony Perez 312 66.0% P 6th
Ron Santo 186 39.3% P 14th
Jim Rice 178 37.6% P 3rd
Steve Garvey 167 35.3% P 5th
Bruce Sutter 130 27.5% P 4th
Jim Kaat 107 22.6% P 9th
Joe Torre 105 22.2% P 15th
Tommy John 97 20.5% P 3rd
Minnie Minoso 84 17.8% P 13th
Dave Parker 83 17.5% P 1st
Dick Allen 79 16.7% P 14th
Dave Concepcion 60 12.7% P 4th
Luis Tiant 53 11.2% P 10th
Keith Hernandez 45 9.5% P 2nd
Mickey Lolich 34 7.2% P 13th
Ron Guidry 31 6.6% P 4th
Bob Boone 28 5.9% P 2nd
Dwight Evans 28 5.9% P 1st
Ken Griffey 22 4.7% P 1st
Fred Lynn 22 4.7% P 2nd
Graig Nettles 22 4.7% P 4th
Bobby Bonds 20 4.2% P 11th
Rusty Staub 18 3.8% P 7th
Rick Reuschel 2 0.4% P 1st
Mike Scott 2 0.4% P 1st
Garry Templeton 2 0.4% P 1st
Terry Kennedy 1 0.2% P 1st
Terry Puhl 1 0.2% 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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Niekro knuckleballed his way to 318 victories despite not winning his 15th until he was 28!

Photo by Lou Sauritch, 2006

Total ballots cast: 473

Ballots necessary for election: 353

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