Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1966

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1966 followed the system introduced for even-number years in 1956. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players with provision for a second, "runoff" election in case of no winner. Ted Williams tallied more than 90% on the first ballot. Meanwhile the Veterans Committee was meeting annually to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected Casey Stengel.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1946 or later, but not after 1960. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to vote.

Voters were instructed to cast 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 48 players received votes; 302 ballots were cast, with 227 votes required for election. A total of 2,208 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.31 per ballot.

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

Ted Williams, was elected with 93.4% of the vote. Williams won the Triple Crown twice and was the last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941). He famously used his Hall induction speech to advocate for elections of Negro League players.

Tommy Bridges was eligible for the final time.

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
Ted Williams 282 93.4
Red Ruffing 208 68.9
Roy Campanella 197 65.2
Joe Medwick 187 61.9
Lou Boudreau 115 38.1
Al Lopez 109 36.1
Enos Slaughter 100 33.1
Pee Wee Reese 95 31.5
Marty Marion 86 28.5
Johnny Mize 81 26.8
Ralph Kiner 74 24.5
Johnny Vander Meer 72 23.8
Allie Reynolds 60 19.9
Bucky Walters 56 18.5
Phil Rizzuto 54 17.9
Arky Vaughan 36 11.9
Mel Harder 34 11.3
Ernie Lombardi 34 11.3
Hal Newhouser 32 10.6
Joe Gordon 31 10.3
Bobby Doerr 30 9.9
George Kell 29 9.6
Billy Herman 28 9.3
Bobo Newsom 25 8.3
Bob Lemon 21 7.0
Mickey Vernon 20 6.6
Alvin Dark 17 5.6
Tommy Bridges 16 5.3
Bobby Thomson 12 4.0
Phil Cavarretta 9 3.0
Larry Doby 7 2.3
Don Newcombe 7 2.3
Carl Erskine 6 2.0
Jim Hegan 5 1.7
Gil McDougald 5 1.7
Grady Hatton 4 1.3
Whitey Lockman 4 1.3
Hank Sauer 4 1.3
Del Ennis 3 1.0
Carl Furillo 2 0.7
Marv Grissom 2 0.7
Andy Pafko 2 0.7
Del Rice 2 0.7
Bobby Adams 1 0.3
Chico Carrasquel 1 0.3
Jim Hearn 1 0.3
Solly Hemus 1 0.3
Bob Porterfield 1 0.3

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