Wednesday, July 3, 2013

1960s Blog Hall of Fame (#4)

Has it only been 6 months since the last election? This season seems like an eternity, thanks to the "efforts" of the Philadelphia Circus National League Baseball Club.

Last time, outfielders Carl Yastrzemski and Al Kaline joined the other 19 members of the Hall. Candidates receiving less than 15% of the vote were dropped from the ballot. The following 12 players are the holdovers from the last ballot:

Dick Allen
Jim Bunning
Rod Carew
Orlando Cepeda
Whitey Ford
Roger Maris
Eddie Mathews
Ron Santo
Warren Spahn
Joe Torre
Billy Williams
Maury Wills
The "selection committee" could not decide on who to add to the ballot this time. Instead, there is going to be a new twist. This ballot will include two "write-in" slots, so that voters can have direct input on additional players.

Remember, this is a 1960s' Hall of Fame.  Ted Williams? He played in 1960, but his career started in 1939, so I would say no. Tom Seaver?  Johnny Bench? Did they make a significant impact in the 1960s?  Stan Musial?  Frank Howard?  Bruce Brubaker? You tell me.

From among the 12 players and two write-in spots, vote for no more than 6.  For each write-in selected (if any), follow it up with a comment that includes the name of the write-in candidate(s).  Only comments from registered users will be accepted (no anonymous commenting).  [This will prevent me (or others) from stuffing the comment box with Johnny Callison write-ins! :D ] If the number of write-in boxes checked does not equal the number of players in the comments, the HOF Director will make a ruling.

The ballot remains open through July 26th (the MLB Hall of Fame weekend), then candidates receiving 75% of the vote will be inducted.

I know the likelihood of a write-in candidate being elected is small, but those receiving a certain percentage will be added to the next ballot. Plus, feel free to use the comments to campaign for your write-in choices (or for the listed players). Hey, it worked for Rico Carty in the all-star game!


Eric C. Loy said...

I would like to write in votes for Gary Peters and Joe Horlen.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Excellent choices, Eric! I had both of them on the first HOF ballot, but they got lost in the mix of Koufax, Gibson, Marichal, Drysdale, etc, with Peters only getting 3 votes (11%) and Horlen 2 (7%).

Gary Peters:
1963 AL Rookie of the Year
AL ERA leader in 1963 (2.33) and 1966 (1.98)
AL wins leader in 1964 (20)
Double figures in wins 1963-67, 69

Joel Horlen:
1967 - AL ERA leader (2.06) and shutouts (6)
1967 - AL CY Young runner-up
1967 - 19 wins
Sub-3.00 ERA every season from 1964-68, including 1.88 in 1964
Double figures in wins every season from 1963-69

Jim from Downingtown said...

After 10 votes, Dick Allen (the only player above 75% for almost a week) has dropped below the cutoff.

Are there no consensus picks, aside from those 19 already in the Hall?

Jim from Downingtown said...

Voter #13 voted for 7 players (not 6). The first 6 on the list will be counted, meaning his/her vote for Maury Wills will not.