Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1980

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1980 followed the system in place since 1978. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected Al Kaline and Duke Snider. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider older major league players as well as managers, umpires, executives, and figures from the Negro Leagues. It selected Chuck Klein and Tom Yawkey.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1960 or later, but not after 1974; the ballot included candidates from the 1979 ballot who received at least 5% of the vote but were not elected, along with players whose last appearance was in 1974. As had happened in the 1979 voting, the BBWAA choose to put all eligible first-year candidates on the ballot rather than limiting them to those chosen by a selection committee. 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 61 players; a total of 385 ballots were cast, with 289 votes required for election. A total of 2,963 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.70 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 two candidates who received at least 75% of the vote and were elected is indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been elected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 38 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Mickey Vernon, Don Newcombe and Alvin Dark were on the ballot for the 15th and 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 1981 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Al Kaline 340 88.3
Duke Snider 333 86.5
Don Drysdale 238 61.8
Gil Hodges 230 59.7
Hoyt Wilhelm 209 54.3
Jim Bunning 177 46.0
Red Schoendienst 164 42.6
Nellie Fox 161 41.8
Maury Wills 146 37.9
Richie Ashburn 134 34.8
Luis Aparicio 124 32.2
Roger Maris 111 28.8
Mickey Vernon 96 24.9
Harvey Kuenn 83 21.6
Lew Burdette 66 17.1
Don Newcombe 59 15.3
Ted Kluszewski 50 13.0
Orlando Cepeda 48 12.5
Alvin Dark 43 11.2
Bill Mazeroski 33 8.6
Don Larsen 31 8.1
Elston Howard 29 7.5
Roy Face 21 5.5
Ron Santo* 15 3.9
Norm Cash* 6 1.6
Matty Alou* 5 1.3
Felipe Alou* 3 0.8
Mel Stottlemyre, Sr.* 3 0.8
Steve Blass* 2 0.5
Jim Hickman* 1 0.3
Sonny Jackson* 1 0.3
Don McMahon* 1 0.3
Jack Aker* 0 0.0
Steve Barber* 0 0.0
Bob Barton* 0 0.0
John Boccabella* 0 0.0
Larry Brown* 0 0.0
Chris Cannizarro* 0 0.0
Paul Casanova* 0 0.0
Horace Clarke* 0 0.0
Johnny Edwards* 0 0.0
Phil Gagliano* 0 0.0
Jim Gosger* 0 0.0
Jim Ray Hart* 0 0.0
Ron Hunt* 0 0.0
John Kennedy* 0 0.0
Andy Kosco* 0 0.0
Lew Krausse, Jr.* 0 0.0
Frank Linzy* 0 0.0
Denis Menke* 0 0.0
Bob Miller* 0 0.0
Norm Miller* 0 0.0
Ivan Murrell* 0 0.0
Juan Pizarro* 0 0.0
Rick Reichardt* 0 0.0
Pete Richert* 0 0.0
Mike Ryan* 0 0.0
Paul Schaal* 0 0.0
Dick Selma* 0 0.0
Duke Sims* 0 0.0
Bob Veale* 0 0.0

The newly-eligible players included 20 All-Stars, representing a total of 66 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 15-time All-Star Al Kaline, 9-time All-Star Ron Santo, 7-time All-Star Orlando Cepeda and 5-time All-Star Mel Stottlemyre, Sr. The field included one MVP (Cepeda), and one Rookie of the Year (Cepeda).

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