Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1984

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1984 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees




Top row: Harmon Killebrew (left) and Pee Wee Reese.
Bottom row: Rick Ferrell (left) and Luis Aparicio. Don Drysdale was also elected.

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1984 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 three: Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, and Harmon Killebrew. 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 two players, Rick Ferrell and Pee Wee Reese.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1964 or later, but not after 1978; the ballot included candidates from the 1983 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 1978. 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 29 players; a total of 403 ballots were cast, with 303 votes required for election. A total of 2,905 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.21 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 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. The candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

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 1985 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Luis Aparicio 341 84.6
Harmon Killebrew 335 83.1
Don Drysdale 316 78.4
Hoyt Wilhelm 290 72.0
Nellie Fox 246 61.0
Billy Williams 202 50.1
Jim Bunning 201 49.9
Orlando Cepeda 124 30.8
Tony Oliva 124 30.8
Roger Maris 107 26.6
Harvey Kuenn 106 26.3
Maury Wills 104 25.8
Lew Burdette 97 24.1
Bill Mazeroski 74 18.4
Roy Face 65 16.1
Elston Howard 45 11.2
Joe Torre 45 11.2
Thurman Munson 29 7.2
Don Larsen 25 6.2
Wilbur Wood* 14 3.5
Jim Fregosi* 4 1.0
Jim Bouton* 3 0.7
Davey Johnson* 3 0.7
Mickey Stanley* 2 0.5
Bob Bailey* 1 0.2
Nelson Briles* 1 0.2
Clay Carroll* 1 0.2
Jim Colborn* 0 0.0
Ron Fairly* 0 0.0

The newly-eligible players included 12 All-Stars, five of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 25 All-Star selections. Jim Fregosi, who was selected to the All Star Game six times, was the only newly eligible player selected at least five times.

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Sandy Alomar, Sr., Andy Etchebarren, Al Fitzmorris, Tito Fuentes, Wayne Garrett, Cito Gaston, Larry Haney, Ed Herrmann, Joe Lahoud, Paul Lindblad, Dave May, Marty Perez, Bill Plummer, and Gary Sutherland.

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