MLB: Top 20 Players with the Highest Vote Percentages for the Hall of Fame
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.
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* Ty Cobb also played for the Philadelphia Athletics (the final two seasons of his career).
+ 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.
Posted on November 26, 2013, in MLB Baseball and tagged baseball, hall of fame, highest, inducted, leaders, List, mlb, most, nolan ryan, percentage, players, tom seaver, votes, voting. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.