Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1950

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1950 were subject to one rules change, the elimination of a runoff election by the baseball writers in case of no winner. The runoff had been invoked in 1949 and it would have been useful again. For the first time except years without any election activity, there was no one living or deceased to induct.

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted once by mail to select from major league players retired less than 25 years. It elected no one. Meanwhile the Old-Timers Committee, with jurisdiction over earlier players and other figures, did not meet.

BBWAA election[edit]

The 10-year members of the BBWAA had the authority to select any players active in 1925 or later, provided they had not been active in 1949. The year before, a 25-year moving boundary regarding player activity had been established which would remain in the years to come. Voters were instructed to cast votes for 10 candidates; any candidate receiving votes on at least 75% of the ballots would be honored with induction to the Hall.

A new rule had been added for the 1950 ballot. Writers could not vote for anyone currently wearing a baseball uniform, which included some qualified players who were now coaches on teams. This rule would be dropped after a few years.

A total of 168 ballots were cast, with 1,481 individual votes for 100 specific candidates, an average of 8.82 per ballot; 126 votes were required for election. Once again, no candidate received 75% of the vote and the Hall of Fame would not elect any new players in 1950. Candidates who have since been selected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics:

     Players who were elected in future elections. These individuals are also indicated in plain italics.
Player Votes Percent
Mel Ott 115 68.5
Bill Terry 105 62.5
Jimmie Foxx 103 61.3
Paul Waner 95 56.5
Al Simmons 90 53.6
Harry Heilmann 87 51.8
Dizzy Dean 85 50.6
Bill Dickey 78 46.4
Rabbit Maranville 66 39.3
Hank Greenberg 64 38.1
Gabby Hartnett 54 32.1
Dazzy Vance 52 31.0
Ted Lyons 42 25.0
Joe Cronin 33 19.6
Tony Lazzeri 21 12.5
Lefty Gomez 18 10.7
Zack Wheat 17 10.1
Ross Youngs 17 10.1
Edd Roush 16 9.5
Ray Schalk 16 9.5
Hack Wilson 16 9.5
Max Carey 14 8.3
Chuck Klein 14 8.3
Charlie Grimm 13 7.7
Red Ruffing 12 7.1
Kiki Cuyler 11 6.5
Jesse Haines 11 6.5
Waite Hoyt 11 6.5
Dave Bancroft 9 5.4
Red Faber 9 5.4
Lefty O'Doul 9 5.4
Cy Williams 9 5.4
Jim Bottomley 8 4.8
Stan Hack 8 4.8
Pepper Martin 7 4.2
Red Rolfe 7 4.2
Babe Adams 6 3.6
Chief Bender 6 3.6
Hank Gowdy 6 3.6
Burleigh Grimes 6 3.6
Travis Jackson 6 3.6
Eppa Rixey 6 3.6
Frank Baker 4 2.4
Chick Hafey 4 2.4
Bucky Harris 4 2.4
Bob O'Farrell 4 2.4
Muddy Ruel 4 2.4
Bucky Walters 4 2.4
Jimmy Wilson 4 2.4
Earle Combs 3 1.8
Ernie Lombardi 3 1.8
Everett Scott 3 1.8
Casey Stengel 3 1.8
George Burns 2 1.2
Spud Chandler 2 1.2
Jimmy Dykes 2 1.2
George Earnshaw 2 1.2
Lew Fonseca 2 1.2
Goose Goslin 2 1.2
Heinie Groh 2 1.2
Mel Harder 2 1.2
Babe Herman 2 1.2
Pinky Higgins 2 1.2
Harry Hooper 2 1.2
Miller Huggins 2 1.2
Bob Meusel 2 1.2
Art Nehf 2 1.2
Tommy Thevenow 2 1.2
Glenn Wright 2 1.2
Stan Coveleski 2 1.2
Frankie Crosetti 1 0.6
Paul Derringer 1 0.6
Jewel Ens 1 0.6
Freddie Fitzsimmons 1 0.6
Art Fletcher 1 0.6
Charlie Gelbert 1 0.6
Mike González 1 0.6
Fielder Jones 1 0.6
Red Lucas 1 0.6
Dolf Luque 1 0.6
Sherry Magee 1 0.6
Firpo Marberry 1 0.6
Stuffy McInnis 1 0.6
Bill McKechnie 1 0.6
Clyde Milan 1 0.6
Jo-Jo Moore 1 0.6
Terry Moore 1 0.6
Steve O'Neill 1 0.6
Hub Pruett 1 0.6
Sam Rice 1 0.6
Eddie Rommel 1 0.6
Charlie Root 1 0.6
Wally Schang 1 0.6
George Selkirk 1 0.6
Bill Sherdel 1 0.6
Billy Southworth 1 0.6
Bill Wambsganss 1 0.6
Lloyd Waner 1 0.6
Billy Werber 1 0.6
Smoky Joe Wood 1 0.6

Sources[edit]

  • The Politics of Glory by Bill James.
  • 1950 Election at www.baseballhalloffame.org