MLB: Top 20 Players with the Highest Vote Percentages for the Hall of Fame

Tom Seaver Was Inducted Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame With The Highest Vote Percentage

Tom Seaver Was Inducted Into The Baseball Hall Of Fame With The Highest Vote Percentage

Five players in baseball history captured over 98 percent of their Hall of Fame balloting – all making it on their first year of eligibility.

They are, in ascending order, Kansas City Royals‘ perennial All-Star third baseman George Brett, Detroit Tigers‘* hitting legend Ty Cobb, Baltimore Orioles‘ Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr., the no-hit king, Nolan Ryan** and the New York Mets‘*** “franchise,” Tom Seaver.

Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers ever, leads them all, gaining 425 of the 430 votes available in 1992 for a nearly 99 percent (98.84) share of the balloting.

Check out this list below – the 20 greatest shoo-ins into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s chock full of many of the game’s greatest, greatest.

PLAYER YEAR % OF BALLOTS VOTES OUT OF…
1. Tom Seaver  1992 98.84% 425 430
2. Nolan Ryan  1999 98.79% 491 497
3. Cal Ripken  2007 98.53% 537 545
4. Ty Cobb  1936 98.23% 222 226
5. George Brett  1999 98.19% 488 497
6. Hank Aaron  1982 97.83% 406 415
7. Tony Gwynn  2007 97.61% 532 545
8. Mike Schmidt  1995 96.52% 444 460
9. Johnny Bench  1989 96.42% 431 447
10. Steve Carlton  1994 95.82% 436 455
11. Babe Ruth  1936 95.13% 215 226
11. Honus Wagner  1936 95.13% 215 226
13. Rickey Henderson  2009 94.81% 511 539
14. Willie Mays  1979 94.68% 409 432
15. Carl Yastrzemski  1989 94.63% 423 447
16. Bob Feller  1962 93.75% 150 160
17. Reggie Jackson  1993 93.62% 396 423
18. Ted Williams  1966 93.38% 282 302
19. Stan Musial  1969 93.24% 317 340
20. Roberto Clemente+ 1973 92.69% 393 424

* Ty Cobb also played for the Philadelphia Athletics (the final two seasons of his career).

** Nolan Ryan played for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.

*** Tom Seaver also played for the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

+ Roberto Clemente died on a flight that crashed delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve, 1972. He was 38. The following year, Major League Baseball waived the mandatory five-year waiting period for election to the Hall of Fame for Clemente. During a special March election, Clemente gained entry to the Hall on 92.69 percent of the vote.

Thanks to my source, baseball-almanac.com.

Photo: Rich Pilling—MLB Photos/Getty Images via kids.britannica.com

Posted on November 26, 2013, in MLB Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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