Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1968
Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1968 followed rules revised in June 1967, which returned the BBWAA to annual elections without any provision for runoff. In the event, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted once by mail to select from recent major league players and elected Joe Medwick. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected two players, Kiki Cuyler and Goose Goslin.
The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1948 or later, but not after 1962; the ballot included candidates from the 1967 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 1962. 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 48 players; a total of 283 ballots were cast, with 213 votes required for election. A total of 2,109 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.45 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. The 21 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.
|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 1969 ballot.|
|Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.|
Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Reno Bertoia, Steve Bilko, Jim Busby, Andy Carey, Bob Cerv, Harry Chiti, Billy Consolo, Dick Gernert, Joe Ginsberg, Billy Goodman, Granny Hamner, Clem Labine, Turk Lown, Hal Naragon, Bob Nieman, Danny O'Connell, Dave Philley, Sammy White, Gene Woodling, and Eddie Yost
- 1968 Election at www.baseballhalloffame.org