Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1962

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1962 followed a new system for even-number years. Since 1956 the Baseball Writers Association of America and Veterans Committee had alternated in their duties but the BBWAA, voting by mail to select from recent major league players, had elected no one for 1958 and no one for 1960. Now there would be a second, "runoff" election in case of no winner. At the same time the Veterans Committee resumed meeting annually to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

The provision for a runoff election was not necessary yet, for the writers elected two new candidates on their first ballot, Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson. The Veteran's Committee also selected two people, Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush. What's more, they were relatively young veterans, both still alive to be interviewed and invited to the induction ceremonies.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1932 or later, but not after 1956. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to vote.

Voters were instructed to cast their votes for up to 10 candidates; any candidate receiving votes on at least 75% of the ballots would be honored with induction to the Hall. A total of 77 players received votes; 160 ballots were cast, with 120 votes required for election. A total of 1,084 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.78 per ballot.

Candidates who were eligible for the first time are indicated here with a †. The two candidates who received at least 75% of the vote and were elected are indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been elected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics.

Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Burleigh Grimes, Hack Wilson, Kiki Cuyler, Red Faber, Jim Bottomley, Lefty Gomez, Waite Hoyt, Heinie Manush, Goose Goslin, Lefty O'Doul, Tony Lazzeri, Chick Hafey, Freddie Lindstrom, Earle Combs, Jimmie Dykes, Jimmie Wilson, Earl Averill, Jesse Haines, Charlie Grimm, Firpo Marberry, Wes Ferrell, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Travis Jackson, George Kelly, Red Rolfe, Luke Sewell, Riggs Stephenson and Glenn Wright were eligible for the final time. Many of these candidates would lose eligibility before the 1964 election due to a rule change effecting the retirement qualifications of those voted on by the BBWAA; while the BBWAA had previously been able to consider those who had been retired between five and thirty seasons, after this election the BBWAA were to consider those who had been retired between five and twenty seasons. Among the candidates who were affected by this rule change and would not appear on the 1964 BBWAA ballot, the top two vote receivers (Rice and Rixey) were elected by the Veterans Committee in 1963.

Key to colors
     Elected to the Hall. These individuals are also indicated in bold italics.
     Players who were elected in future elections. These individuals are also indicated in plain italics.
Player Votes Percent
Bob Feller 150 93.8
Jackie Robinson 124 77.5
Sam Rice 81 50.6
Red Ruffing 72 45.0
Eppa Rixey 49 30.6
Luke Appling 48 30.0
Phil Rizzuto 44 27.5
Burleigh Grimes 43 26.9
Hack Wilson 39 24.4
Joe Medwick 34 21.3
Kiki Cuyler 31 19.4
Red Faber 30 18.8
Jim Bottomley 20 12.5
Lefty Gomez 20 12.5
Waite Hoyt 18 11.3
Chuck Klein 18 11.3
Marty Marion 16 10.0
Heinie Manush 15 9.4
Allie Reynolds 15 9.4
Goose Goslin 14 8.8
Johnny Mize 14 8.8
Lefty O'Doul 13 8.1
Lou Boudreau 12 7.5
Al Lopez 11 6.9
Bobby Doerr 10 6.3
Tony Lazzeri 8 5.0
Chick Hafey 7 4.4
Mel Harder 7 4.4
Freddie Lindstrom 7 4.4
Earle Combs 6 3.8
Jimmy Dykes 6 3.8
Pepper Martin 6 3.8
Arky Vaughan 6 3.8
Ralph Kiner 5 3.1
Ernie Lombardi 5 3.1
Johnny Vander Meer 5 3.1
Bucky Walters 5 3.1
Lloyd Waner 5 3.1
Joe Gordon 4 2.5
Billy Herman 4 2.5
Hal Newhouser 4 2.5
Jimmie Wilson 4 2.5
Earl Averill 3 1.9
Jesse Haines 3 1.9
Tommy Henrich 3 1.9
Bobo Newsom 3 1.9
Phil Cavarretta 2 1.3
Spud Chandler 2 1.3
Dom DiMaggio 2 1.3
Charlie Grimm 2 1.3
Firpo Marberry 2 1.3
Lon Warneke 2 1.3
Tommy Bridges 1 0.6
George Case 1 0.6
Billy Cox 1 0.6
Doc Cramer 1 0.6
Leo Durocher 1 0.6
Bob Elliott 1 0.6
Wes Ferrell 1 0.6
Freddie Fitzsimmons 1 0.6
Fred Hutchinson 1 0.6
Travis Jackson 1 0.6
Charlie Keller 1 0.6
George Kelly 1 0.6
Frank McCormick 1 0.6
Terry Moore 1 0.6
Vic Raschi 1 0.6
Preacher Roe 1 0.6
Red Rolfe 1 0.6
Johnny Sain 1 0.6
Hal Schumacher 1 0.6
Luke Sewell 1 0.6
Rip Sewell 1 0.6
Riggs Stephenson 1 0.6
Dixie Walker 1 0.6
Glenn Wright 1 0.6
Rudy York 1 0.6

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