Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1992

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L-R: Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, and Bill McGowan were elected in 1992, along with Hal Newhouser.

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1992 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 two, Rollie Fingers and Tom Seaver. 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, Bill McGowan and Hal Newhouser.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1972 or later, but not after 1986; the ballot included candidates from the 1991 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 1986. 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 35 players; a total of 430 ballots were cast, with 323 votes required for election. A total of 2,609 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.07 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 was elected is indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been elected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 14 candidates whoe received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Maury Wills and Bill Mazeroski 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 1993 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Tom Seaver 425 98.8
Rollie Fingers 349 81.2
Orlando Cepeda 246 57.2
Tony Pérez 215 50.0
Bill Mazeroski 182 42.3
Tony Oliva 175 40.7
Ron Santo 136 31.6
Jim Kaat 114 26.5
Maury Wills 110 25.6
Ken Boyer 71 16.5
Dick Allen 69 16.0
Minnie Miñoso 69 16.0
Joe Torre 62 14.4
Luis Tiant 50 11.6
Mickey Lolich 45 10.5
Curt Flood 42 9.8
Bobby Bonds 40 9.3
Vada Pinson 36 8.4
Thurman Munson 32 7.4
Rusty Staub 26 6.0
George Foster 24 5.6
Vida Blue 23 5.3
Bobby Grich* 11 2.6
Dusty Baker* 4 0.9
Dave Kingman* 3 0.7
Bill Russell* 3 0.7
César Cedeño* 2 0.5
Steve Yeager* 2 0.5
Toby Harrah* 1 0.2
Dennis Leonard* 1 0.2
John Denny* 0 0.0
Ken Forsch* 0 0.0
Garry Maddox* 0 0.0
Ben Oglivie* 0 0.0
Gorman Thomas* 0 0.0
Pete Vuckovich* 0 0.0

The newly-eligible players included 20 All-Stars, seven of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 70 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 12-time All-Star Tom Seaver, 7-time All-Star Tony Pérez, 6-time All-Stars Vida Blue and Bobby Grich and 5-time All-Star George Foster. The field included two MVPs (Foster and Blue), four Cy Young Award-winners (Blue, who also won the MVP the same year, Seaver, who won three times, John Denny and Pete Vuckovich) and two Rookies of the Year (Seaver and John Montefusco).

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Bruce Bochte, Barry Bonnell, Enos Cabell, Al Cowens, Julio Cruz, Terry Forster, Wayne Gross, Marc Hill, Dane Iorg, Roy Lee Jackson, Cliff Johnson, Jim Kern, Rick Langford, Randy Lerch, Buck Martinez, John Montefusco, Omar Moreno, Bob Owchinko, Greg Pryor, Dave Rozema, Vern Ruhle, Dick Ruthven, Jim Slaton, Jason Thompson, Dave Tomlin, Jerry White, Terry Whitfield, Milt Wilcox, and Jim Wohlford.

On February 8, 1991, the Hall of Fame formally declared that persons on baseball's ineligible list would no longer be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. As such, Pete Rose was ineligible for BBWAA election, but received 41 write-in votes. These votes were invalid and thrown out.

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