Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1973

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1973 followed the system in place since 1971, except by adding the special election of Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected Warren Spahn.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected three people: Billy Evans, George Kelly, and Mickey Welch. The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected Monte Irvin.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1953 or later, but not after 1967; the ballot included candidates from the 1972 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 1967. 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 43 players; a total of 380 ballots were cast, with 285 votes required for election. A total of 3,011 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.92 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.

Johnny Mize, Marty Marion, Dom DiMaggio, Dutch Leonard and Harry Brecheen 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 1974 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
First time on the BBWAA ballot.
Player Votes Percent
Warren Spahn 316 83.2
Whitey Ford 255 67.1
Ralph Kiner 235 61.8
Gil Hodges 218 57.4
Robin Roberts 213 56.1
Bob Lemon 177 46.6
Johnny Mize 157 41.3
Enos Slaughter 145 38.2
Marty Marion 127 33.4
Pee Wee Reese 126 33.2
George Kell 114 30.0
Phil Rizzuto 111 29.2
Duke Snider 101 26.6
Red Schoendienst 96 25.3
Allie Reynolds 93 24.5
Hal Newhouser 79 20.8
Phil Cavarretta 73 19.2
Nellie Fox 73 19.2
Alvin Dark 53 13.9
Johnny Sain 47 12.4
Dom DiMaggio 43 11.3
Richie Ashburn 25 6.6
Mickey Vernon 23 6.1
Ted Kluszewski 14 3.7
Lew Burdette 12 3.2
Don Newcombe 11 2.9
Vern Law 9 2.4
Walker Cooper 8 2.1
Dick Groat 7 1.8
Vic Raschi 7 1.8
Dutch Leonard 6 1.6
Roy McMillan 5 1.3
Bobby Shantz 5 1.3
Curt Simmons 5 1.3
Carl Erskine 4 1.1
Billy Pierce 4 1.1
Harry Brecheen 3 0.8
Bobby Thomson 3 0.8
Gil McDougald 2 0.5
Bobby Richardson 2 0.5
Vic Wertz 2 0.5
Smoky Burgess 1 0.3
Harvey Haddix 1 0.3

The newly-eligible players included 24 All-Stars, 16 of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 95 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 17-time All-Star Warren Spahn, 10-time All-Star Whitey Ford, 9-time All-Star Smoky Burgess, 8-time All-Star Dick Groat and Bill Skowron, 7-time All-Star Robin Roberts and 5-time All-Star Earl Battey.

On March 20, the BBWAA held a special election for Roberto Clemente, who had died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972. Clemente was elected after receiving 393 votes out of 420 ballots cast.

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