Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1987

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Catfish Hunter (left) and Billy Williams were inducted in 1987 along with Ray Dandridge.

Elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum for 1987 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, Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams. 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 Ray Dandridge from the Negro Leagues.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1967 or later, but not after 1981; the ballot included candidates from the 1986 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 1981. 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 28 players; a total of 413 ballots were cast, with 310 votes required for election. A total of 2,730 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.61 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 4 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Lew Burdette was 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 1988 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent Year
Billy Williams 354 85.7 6th
Catfish Hunter 315 76.3 3rd
Jim Bunning 289 70.0 11th
Orlando Cepeda 179 43.3 8th
Roger Maris 176 42.6 14th
Tony Oliva 160 38.7 6th
Harvey Kuenn 144 34.9 11th
Bill Mazeroski 125 30.3 10th
Maury Wills 113 27.4 10th
Ken Boyer 96 23.2 8th
Lew Burdette 96 23.2 15th
Mickey Lolich 84 20.3 3rd
Minnie Miñoso 82 19.9 3rd
Roy Face 78 18.9 12th
Ron Santo 78 18.9 4th
Dick Allen 55 13.3 5th
Curt Flood 50 12.1 6th
Vada Pinson 48 11.6 6th
Joe Torre 47 11.4 5th
Elston Howard 44 10.7 14th
Don Larsen 30 7.3 14th
Thurman Munson 28 6.8 7th
Wilbur Wood 26 6.3 4th
Bobby Bonds 24 5.8 1st
Mike Marshall* 6 1.5 1st
Sal Bando* 3 0.7 1st
Jerry Grote* 0 0.0 1st
Steve Stone* 0 0.0 1st

The newly-eligible players included 8 All-Stars, three of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 17 All-Star selections. 4-time All Star Sal Bando had the most selections of any newly eligible candidate. The field included two Cy Young Award winners (Mike Marshall and Steve Stone, who retired one season after winning his award).

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Rick Auerbach, Ken Brett, Reggie Cleveland, Dick Drago, Duffy Dyer, John Ellis, Tom Hutton, Pat Kelly, Mike Lum, Billy North, Johnny Oates, Freddie Patek, Dave Roberts, Rennie Stennett, Mike Tyson and John Vukovich.

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