Saturday, January 23, 2016
Willie Mays and 23 Hall of Fame Voters Who Probably Didn't Eat Their Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
On this day in 1979 Willie Mays was elected into the Hall of Fame. He received 409 or 432 votes. I guess he wasn't as good as Tom Seaver or Ken Griffey Jr. I know there was a tradition that some voters didn't vote for players in their first year of eligibility. Most of those guys must not be voting any longer.
So, even though Mays was listed in the starting lineup of the 1969 list of greatest living players, 23 guys decided that he should wait a year to be inducted. Did that ever make sense when the players already waited five years to get on the ballot?
Who are these 23 baseball writers?
Chris Short, Johnny Callison and Hal Lanier got a vote. Did they take a vote away from Mays?
Jim Maloney got two votes. Denny McLain got three along with Clete Boyer.