Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1977

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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1977 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 Ernie Banks. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It selected three people: Al López, Amos Rusie, and Joe Sewell. The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected two players, Martín Dihigo and John Henry Lloyd.

The Negro Leagues Committee also determined to disband. It had elected nine players in seven years.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1957 or later, but not after 1971; the ballot included candidates from the 1976 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 1971. 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 34 players; a total of 383 ballots were cast, with 288 votes required for election. A total of 2,929 individual votes were cast, an average of 7.65 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.

Pee Wee Reese, George Kell and Walker Cooper 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 1978 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Ernie Banks 321 83.8
Eddie Mathews 239 62.4
Gil Hodges 224 58.5
Enos Slaughter 222 58.0
Duke Snider 212 55.4
Don Drysdale 197 51.4
Pee Wee Reese 163 42.6
Nellie Fox 152 39.7
Jim Bunning 146 38.1
George Kell 141 36.8
Richie Ashburn 139 36.3
Red Schoendienst 105 27.4
Lew Burdette 85 22.2
Roger Maris 72 18.8
Alvin Dark 66 17.2
Harvey Kuenn 57 14.9
Ted Kluszewski 55 14.4
Mickey Vernon 52 13.6
Walker Cooper 45 11.7
Elston Howard 43 11.2
Don Newcombe 43 11.2
Don Larsen 39 10.2
Roy Face 33 8.6
Curt Flood 16 4.2
Ken Boyer 14 3.7
Bobby Thomson 10 2.6
Del Crandall 8 2.1
Harvey Haddix 7 1.8
Vern Law 5 1.3
Dick Groat 4 1.0
Vic Wertz 4 1.0
Will White 4 1.0
Camilo Pascual 3 0.8
Johnny Podres 3 0.8

Harvey Kuenn, whose last game played was in 1966, was actually activated by the Brewers for the last two weeks of 1971, in order for him to qualify for pension purposes. He did not play in an actual game, however.

The newly-eligible players included 13 All-Stars, 8 of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 50 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 11-time All-Star Ernie Banks, 8-time All-Star Harvey Kuenn, and 7-time All-Stars Jim Bunning and Camilo Pascual. The field included two MVPs (Banks, who won twice, and Zoilo Versalles), one Cy Young Award winner (Dean Chance) and one Rookie of the Year (Kuenn).

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Bob Aspromonte, Clete Boyer, George Brunet, Dean Chance, Ty Cline, Clay Dalrymple, Dick Ellsworth, Jake Gibbs, Tony González, Mudcat Grant, Dick Hall, Jim Hannan, Mike Hershberger, Chuck Hinton, Mack Jones, Cal Koonce, Jim Maloney, Lee Maye, Mike McCormick, Don Pavletich, Claude Raymond, Howie Reed, Ducky Schofield, Al Spangler, George Thomas, Zoilo Versalles, and Al Weis.

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