Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1970

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1970 followed the system of annual elections in place since 1968. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected Lou Boudreau. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected three people: Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1950 or later, but not after 1964; the ballot included candidates from the 1969 ballot who received at least 5% of the vote but were not elected, along with selected players, chosen by a screening committee, whose last appearance was in 1964. 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. The ballot consisted of 46 players; a total of 300 ballots were cast, with 225 votes required for election. A total of 2,302 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.67 per ballot. Those candidates receiving less than 5% of the vote will not appear on future BBWAA ballots but may eventually be considered by the Veterans Committee.

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.

Joe Gordon, Tommy Henrich and Bucky Walters were on the ballot 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.
     Players not yet elected who returned on the 1971 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Lou Boudreau 232 77.3
Ralph Kiner 167 55.7
Gil Hodges 145 48.3
Early Wynn 140 46.7
Enos Slaughter 133 44.3
Johnny Mize 126 42.0
Marty Marion 120 40.0
Pee Wee Reese 97 32.3
Red Schoendienst 97 32.3
George Kell 90 30.0
Allie Reynolds 89 29.7
Johnny Vander Meer 88 29.3
Hal Newhouser 80 26.7
Joe Gordon 79 26.3
Phil Rizzuto 79 26.3
Bobby Doerr 75 25.0
Bob Lemon 75 25.0
Tommy Henrich 62 20.7
Alvin Dark 55 18.3
Phil Cavarretta 51 17.0
Duke Snider 51 17.0
Bucky Walters 29 9.7
Dom DiMaggio 15 5.0
Ewell Blackwell 14 4.7
Bobo Newsom 12 4.0
Richie Ashburn 11 3.7
Mickey Vernon 10 3.3
Walker Cooper 9 3.0
Johnny Sain 9 3.0
Ted Kluszewski 8 2.7
Charlie Keller 7 2.3
Bobby Shantz 7 2.3
Dutch Leonard 5 1.7
Wally Moses 5 1.7
Don Newcombe 5 1.7
Billy Pierce 5 1.7
Bobby Thomson 4 1.3
Harry Brecheen 3 1.0
Augie Galan 3 1.0
Carl Erskine 2 0.7
Carl Furillo 2 0.7
Vic Wertz 2 0.7
Jackie Jensen 1 0.3
Ed Lopat 1 0.3
Gil McDougald 1 0.3
Preacher Roe 1 0.3

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