Baseball Hall of Fame Balloting, 1996

Baseball Hall Of Fame Balloting, 1996

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1996 followed the system in use since 1995. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players but no one tallied the necessary 75% support.

The BBWAA had petitioned the Hall of Fame Board of Directors on January 5, 1995, to reconsider the eligibility of Larry Bowa, Bill Madlock, Al Oliver and Ted Simmons, each of whom had failed to receive at least 5% of ballots cast in each of their first years of eligibility (Bowa and Oliver in 1991, Maddlock in 1993 and Simmons in 1994). The Board approved, but before the ballot was released, the BBWAA decided not to include them on the ballot after all.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions and selected four people from multiple classified ballots: Jim Bunning, Bill Foster, Ned Hanlon, and Earl Weaver.

Read more about Baseball Hall Of Fame Balloting, 1996:  The BBWAA Election, The Veterans Committee, J.G. Taylor Spink Award, Ford C. Frick Award

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