Baseball Hall of Fame balloting, 1991

1991 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees
Top row, L-R: Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins, Bill Veeck.
Bottom row, L-R: Gaylord Perry, Tony Lazzeri.

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1991 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 three, Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins, and Gaylord Perry. 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, Tony Lazzeri and Bill Veeck.

BBWAA election

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1971 or later, but not after 1985; the ballot included candidates from the 1990 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 1985. 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 45 players; a total of 443 ballots were cast, with 333 votes required for election. A total of 2,948 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.65 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 three candidates who received at least 75% of the vote and were elected are indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been elected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 22 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Jim Bunning and Harvey Kuenn 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 1992 ballot.
     Eliminated from future BBWAA voting. These individuals remain eligible for future Veterans Committee consideration.
Player Votes Percent
Rod Carew 401 90.5
Gaylord Perry 342 77.2
Fergie Jenkins 334 75.4
Rollie Fingers 291 65.7
Jim Bunning 282 63.7
Orlando Cepeda 192 43.3
Tony Oliva 160 36.1
Bill Mazeroski 142 32.1
Ron Santo 116 26.2
Harvey Kuenn 100 22.6
Jim Kaat 62 14.0
Maury Wills 61 13.8
Dick Allen 59 13.3
Ken Boyer 58 13.1
Joe Torre 41 9.3
Bobby Bonds 39 8.8
Minnie Miñoso 38 8.6
Mickey Lolich 33 7.4
Luis Tiant 32 7.2
Vada Pinson 30 6.8
Thurman Munson 28 6.3
Rusty Staub 28 6.3
Curt Flood 23 5.2
Al Oliver* 19 4.3
Sparky Lyle* 15 3.4
Larry Bowa* 11 2.5
Jerry Koosman* 4 0.9
Jeff Burroughs* 1 0.2
Mike Hargrove* 1 0.2
Richie Hebner* 1 0.2
Burt Hooton* 1 0.2
Mike Jorgensen* 1 0.2
John Lowenstein* 1 0.2
Ellis Valentine* 1 0.2
Bob Bailor* 0 0.0
Al Bumbry* 0 0.0
Rich Dauer* 0 0.0
Oscar Gamble* 0 0.0
Larry Gura* 0 0.0
Art Howe* 0 0.0
Bruce Kison* 0 0.0
Steve Rogers* 0 0.0
John Wathan* 0 0.0
Pat Zachry* 0 0.0
Geoff Zahn* 0 0.0

The field of newly-eligible players included 14 All-Stars, all of whom were on the ballot, representing a total of 58 All-Star selections. Among the new candidates were 18-time All-Star Rod Carew, 7-time All-Stars Rollie Fingers and Al Oliver, 6-time All-Star Rusty Staub, and 5-time All-Stars Larry Bowa and Steve Rogers. The field included four Rookies of the Year (Carew, Al Bumbry, Mike Hargrove and Pat Zachry), three MVPs (Carew, Fingers and Jeff Buroughs) and two Cy Young Award winners (Sparkey Lyle and Rollie Fingers. Fingers also received the MVP Award the same year).

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Benny Ayala, Alan Bannister, Kurt Bevacqua, Steve Braun, Miguel Diloné, Doug Flynn, Tim Foli, Dan Ford, Kiko Garcia, Ed Glynn, Andy Hassler, Jay Johnstone, Duane Kuiper, Sixto Lezcano, Dan Meyer, Rick Miller, Dale Murray, Joe Nolan, Dan Spillner, Mike Squires, Bill Stein, Derrel Thomas, Rick Waits, and John Wockenfuss.

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