Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1975

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1975 followed the system in place since 1971. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected Ralph Kiner. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected three people: Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, and Billy Herman. The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected Judy Johnson.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1955 or later, but not after 1969; the ballot included candidates from the 1974 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 1969. 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 37 players; a total of 362 ballots were cast, with 272 votes required for election. A total of 2,870 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.93 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.

Ralph Kiner, Hal Newhouser, Phil Cavarretta, Johnny Sain and Vic Raschi were on the ballot for the last time. Kiner's selection, in which he barely reached the cut-off point, was widely hailed as a mistake.[1]

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 1976 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Ralph Kiner 273 75.4
Robin Roberts 263 72.7
Bob Lemon 233 64.4
Gil Hodges 188 51.9
Enos Slaughter 177 48.9
Hal Newhouser 155 42.8
Pee Wee Reese 154 42.5
Eddie Mathews 148 40.9
Phil Cavarretta 129 35.6
Duke Snider 129 35.6
Johnny Sain 123 34.0
Phil Rizzuto 117 32.3
George Kell 114 31.5
Red Schoendienst 94 26.0
Richie Ashburn 76 21.0
Don Drysdale 76 21.0
Nellie Fox 76 21.0
Roger Maris 70 19.3
Alvin Dark 48 13.3
Vic Raschi 37 10.2
Ted Kluszewski 33 9.1
Elston Howard 23 6.4
Don Larsen 23 6.4
Mickey Vernon 22 6.1
Walker Cooper 13 3.6
Lew Burdette 11 3.0
Don Newcombe 11 3.0
Bobby Thomson 10 2.8
Ken Boyer 9 2.5
Harvey Haddix 8 2.2
Bill White 7 1.9
Vern Law 6 1.7
Vic Wertz 5 1.4
Dick Groat 4 1.1
Johnny Podres 3 0.8
Rocky Colavito 1 0.3
Bill Virdon 1 0.3

The newly eligible players included 10 All-Stars, 6 of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 53 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 11-time All-Star Ken Boyer, 9-time All-Star Don Drysdale, 8-time All-Star Bill White, 6-time All-Star Roy Face and 5-time All-Star Turk Farrell.

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Ruben Amaro, Gary Bell, Roy Face, Turk Farrell, Jack Fisher, Julio Gotay, Woodie Held, Bill Henry, Al Jackson, Gene Oliver, Phil Ortega, Jim Pagliaroni, Charley Smith, Dick Stuart, Leon Wagner, Dave Wickersham and Al Worthington.


  1. ^ James, Bill (1995). Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?. New York, NY: Free Press. ISBN 0-684-80088-8. 

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