Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1988

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Willie Stargell was the sole inductee

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1988 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 Willie Stargell. 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 no one.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1968 or later, but not after 1982; the ballot included candidates from the 1987 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 1982. 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 44 players; a total of 427 ballots were cast, with 321 votes required for election. A total of 2,819 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.60 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 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 20 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Roger Maris, Elston Howard and Don Larsen were 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 1989 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Willie Stargell 352 82.4
Jim Bunning 317 74.2
Tony Oliva 202 47.3
Orlando Cepeda 199 46.6
Roger Maris 184 43.1
Harvey Kuenn 168 39.3
Bill Mazeroski 143 33.5
Luis Tiant 132 30.9
Maury Wills 127 29.7
Ken Boyer 109 25.5
Mickey Lolich 109 25.5
Ron Santo 108 25.3
Minnie Miñoso 90 21.1
Roy Face 79 18.5
Vada Pinson 67 15.7
Joe Torre 60 14.1
Sparky Lyle 56 13.1
Elston Howard 53 12.4
Dick Allen 52 12.2
Curt Flood 48 11.2
Thurman Munson 32 7.5
Don Larsen 31 7.3
Wilbur Wood 30 7.0
Bobby Bonds 27 6.3
Manny Mota* 18 4.2
Mark Belanger* 16 3.7
Bill Lee* 3 0.7
Lee May* 3 0.7
Reggie Smith* 3 0.7
Al Hrabosky* 1 0.2
Stan Bahnsen* 0 0.0
Ross Grimsley* 0 0.0
Larry Hisle* 0 0.0
Grant Jackson* 0 0.0
Randy Jones* 0 0.0
John Mayberry* 0 0.0
Lynn McGlothen* 0 0.0
Doc Medich* 0 0.0
John Milner* 0 0.0
Willie Montañez* 0 0.0
Joe Rudi* 0 0.0
Jim Spencer* 0 0.0
Del Unser* 0 0.0
Rick Wise* 0 0.0

The newly-eligible players included 21 All-Stars, two of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 44 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 7-time All-Stars Willie Stargell and Reggie Smith, who were the only candidates to have been selected at least five times. The field included one MVP (Stargell), two Cy Young Award-winners (Randy Jones and Sparky Lyle) and one Rookie of the Year (Stan Bahnsen).

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: John D'Acquisto, Barry Foote, Tom Griffin, Mick Kelleher, Len Randle, Ken Reitz, Dave Roberts, Eddie Solomon, Don Stanhouse, Fred Stanley, and Frank Taveras.

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