Congratulations to veteran starting pitchers Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn on their induction into the 1960s Blog Hall of Fame. They join the 23 others shown below.
After receiving 66% of the vote last time, Ford leapfrogged over Spahn and 3rd baseman Eddie Mathews, and became the first inductee to receive 100% of the vote.
Only 6 people voted this time (down from 18 last time) with all voting occurring in the first 2 days of the voting period. (Have all the good players already been elected?)
votes, Mathews and outfielder Roger Maris were still in the running, but
first Maris, and then Mathews, dropped below the 75% mark, each missing induction by 1 vote. Twins' 2nd baseman Rod Carew finished strong to match their 67%.
Four players received less that the minimum 15% to be retained for the next ballot.
Added to the ballot this time is pitcher Ted Abernathy, who missed the cut on the inaugural ballot.
Because of the recent failures of the Google Blogger poll widget, this Hall of Fame voting will take place in the comments section below (similar to what is going on over at the "$30 a Week Habit" blog). I know it's a bit cumbersome to type in up to 8 names, but I don't want to lose votes if the poll goes on the fritz again.
You can vote for up to 8 of the 16 people on the ballot. Candidates selected by 75% of the voters will be inducted. Those receiving less than 15% will be removed from the next ballot. The poll will be open until next Friday 7/25.
Here is the voting history for all the current candidates:
Click on the "hall of fame ballot" label below to see the results of all previous elections.
Former Orioles' outfielder Earl Robinson passed away on July 4, 2014 at age 77.
He was a standout college baseball and basketball player at the University of California - Berkeley in the 1950s.
Long before Frank Robinson (no relation) was patrolling right field for the Orioles, Earl was out there, sharing the starting job with the veteran Whitey Herzog as a rookie in 1961.
Earl appeared briefly with the Dodgers in 1958, then played all of '61 and most of '62 with the Orioles.
Robinson was back in the minors for all of 1963, then split the 1964 season between the Orioles and their triple-A team. He retired after playing the 1965 season with the Cubs' triple-A team.