Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1992

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L-R: Tom Seaver, Rollie Fingers, and Bill McGowan were elected in 1992, along with Hal Newhouser.

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1992 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, Rollie Fingers and Tom Seaver. 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 two, Bill McGowan and Hal Newhouser.

BBWAA election[edit]

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1972 or later, but not after 1986; the ballot included candidates from the 1991 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 1986. 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 35 players; a total of 430 ballots were cast, with 323 votes required for election. A total of 2,609 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.07 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 14 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Maury Wills and Bill Mazeroski 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 1993 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent Year
Tom Seaver 425 98.8 1st
Rollie Fingers 349 81.2 2nd
Orlando Cepeda 246 57.2 13th
Tony Pérez 215 50.0 1st
Bill Mazeroski 182 42.3 15th
Tony Oliva 175 40.7 11th
Ron Santo 136 31.6 9th
Jim Kaat 114 26.5 4th
Maury Wills 110 25.6 15th
Ken Boyer 71 16.5 13th
Dick Allen 69 16.0 10th
Minnie Miñoso 69 16.0 8th
Joe Torre 62 14.4 10th
Luis Tiant 50 11.6 5th
Mickey Lolich 45 10.5 8th
Curt Flood 42 9.8 11th
Bobby Bonds 40 9.3 6th
Vada Pinson 36 8.4 11th
Thurman Munson 32 7.4 12th
Rusty Staub 26 6.0 2nd
George Foster 24 5.6 1st
Vida Blue 23 5.3 1st
Bobby Grich* 11 2.6 1st
Dusty Baker* 4 0.9 1st
Dave Kingman* 3 0.7 1st
Bill Russell* 3 0.7 1st
César Cedeño* 2 0.5 1st
Steve Yeager* 2 0.5 1st
Toby Harrah* 1 0.2 1st
Dennis Leonard* 1 0.2 1st
John Denny* 0 0.0 1st
Ken Forsch* 0 0.0 1st
Garry Maddox* 0 0.0 1st
Ben Oglivie* 0 0.0 1st
Gorman Thomas* 0 0.0 1st
Pete Vuckovich* 0 0.0 1st

The newly-eligible players included 20 All-Stars, seven of whom were not included on the ballot, representing a total of 70 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 12-time All-Star Tom Seaver, 7-time All-Star Tony Pérez, 6-time All-Stars Vida Blue and Bobby Grich and 5-time All-Star George Foster. The field included two MVPs (Foster and Blue), four Cy Young Award-winners (Blue, who also won the MVP the same year, Seaver, who won three times, John Denny and Pete Vuckovich) and two Rookies of the Year (Seaver and John Montefusco).

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Bruce Bochte, Barry Bonnell, Enos Cabell, Al Cowens, Julio Cruz, Terry Forster, Wayne Gross, Marc Hill, Dane Iorg, Roy Lee Jackson, Cliff Johnson, Jim Kern, Rick Langford, Randy Lerch, Buck Martinez, John Montefusco, Omar Moreno, Bob Owchinko, Greg Pryor, Dave Rozema, Vern Ruhle, Dick Ruthven, Jim Slaton, Jason Thompson, Dave Tomlin, Jerry White, Terry Whitfield, Milt Wilcox, and Jim Wohlford.

On February 8, 1991, the Hall of Fame formally declared that persons on baseball's ineligible list would no longer be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame. As such, Pete Rose was ineligible for BBWAA election, but received 41 write-in votes. These votes were invalid and thrown out.

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