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1998 Hall of Fame Results

By Patrick Mondout

Don Sutton was voted into National Baseball Hall of Fame by the writers for 1998. Ron Santo was 151 votes shy 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 355 votes were needed to be elected. (Winners in bold.)

Don Sutton 386 81.6% P 5th
Tony Perez 321 67.9% P 7th
Ron Santo 204 43.1% P 15th
Jim Rice 203 42.9% P 4th
Gary Carter 200 42.3% P 1st
Steve Garvey 195 41.2% P 6th
Bruce Sutter 147 31.1% P 5th
Tommy John 129 27.3% P 4th
Jim Kaat 129 27.3% P 10th
Dave Parker 116 24.5% P 2nd
Bert Blyleven 83 17.5% P 1st
Dave Concepcion 80 16.9% P 5th
Minnie Minoso 76 16.1% P 14th
Luis Tiant 62 13.1% P 11th
Keith Hernandez 51 10.8% P 3rd
Dwight Evans 49 10.4% P 2nd
Mickey Lolich 39 8.2% P 14th
Ron Guidry 37 7.8% P 5th
Bob Boone 26 5.5% P 3rd
Jack Clark 7 1.5% P 1st
Pedro Guerrero 6 1.3% P 1st
Willie Randolph 5 1.1% P 1st
Carney Lansford 3 0.6% P 1st
Brian Downing 2 0.4% P 1st
Mike Flanagan 2 0.4% P 1st
Rick Dempsey 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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Sutton went 4-1 down the stretch for the AL Champs in '82 after being acquired from Houston.

Photo by Michael Ponzini, ©2006

Total ballots cast: 473

Ballots necessary for election: 355

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