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Baseball Hall Of Fame Players, Listed By How Many Years On Ballot

Sorting through immortals based on how long it took to be elected

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Updated January 10, 2012

Baseball Hall of Fame players who were selected by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, sorted by how many years they were on the ballot. Players must receive 75 percent of the vote in a given year for induction, and can only remain on the ballot for 15 years.

Players selected by a committee, including players from the Negro Leagues, are listed below the 15th year. Managers, front office executives and pioneers are not listed.

First year

  • Rickey Henderson, 2009
  • Cal Ripken, 2007
  • Tony Gwynn, 2008
  • Wade Boggs, 2005
  • Paul Molitor, 2004
  • Dennis Eckersley, 2004
  • Eddie Murray, 2003
  • Ozzie Smith, 2002
  • Dave Winfield, 2001
  • Kirby Puckett, 2001
  • Nolan Ryan, 1999
  • George Brett, 1999
  • Robin Yount, 1999
  • Mike Schmidt, 1995
  • Steve Carlton, 1994
  • Reggie Jackson, 1993
  • Tom Seaver, 1992
  • Rod Carew, 1991
  • Jim Palmer, 1990
  • Joe Morgan, 1990
  • Carl Yastrzemski, 1989
  • Johnny Bench, 1989
  • Willie Stargell, 1988
  • Willie McCovey, 1986
  • Lou Brock, 1985
  • Brooks Robinson, 1983
  • Hank Aaron, 1982
  • Frank Robinson, 1982
  • Bob Gibson, 1981
  • Al Kaline, 1980
  • Willie Mays, 1979
  • Ernie Banks, 1977
  • Mickey Mantle, 1974
  • Warren Spahn, 1973
  • Sandy Koufax, 1972
  • Stan Musial, 1969
  • Ted Williams, 1966
  • Jackie Robinson, 1962
  • Bob Feller, 1962
  • Ty Cobb, 1936
  • Babe Ruth, 1936
  • Honus Wagner, 1936
  • Christy Mathewson, 1936
  • Walter Johnson, 1936

Second year

  • Roberto Alomar, 2011
  • Carlton Fisk, 2000
  • Rollie Fingers, 1992
  • Whitey Ford, 1974
  • Yogi Berra, 1972
  • Napoleon Lajoie, 1937
  • Tris Speaker, 1937
  • Cy Young, 1937

Third year

  • Barry Larkin, 2012
  • Ryne Sandberg, 2005
  • Ferguson Jenkins, 1991
  • Gaylord Perry, 1991
  • Catfish Hunter, 1987
  • Juan Marichal, 1983
  • Joe DiMaggio, 1955
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander, 1938

Fourth year

  • Harmon Killebrew, 1984
  • Robin Roberts, 1976
  • Early Wynn, 1972
  • Mel Ott, 1951
  • Lefty Grove, 1947
  • Carl Hubbell, 1947
  • Eddie Collins, 1939
  • Willie Keeler, 1939
  • George Sisler, 1939

Fifth year

  • Don Sutton, 1998
  • Phil Niekro, 1997
  • Eddie Mathews, 1978
  • Rogers Hornsby, 1942

Sixth year

  • Gary Carter, 2003
  • Billy Williams, 1987
  • Luis Aparicio, 1984

Seventh year

  • Roy Campanella, 1969
  • Paul Waner, 1952
  • Mickey Cochrane, 1947
  • Frankie Frisch, 1947

Eighth year

  • Hoyt Wilhelm, 1985
  • Luke Appling, 1964
  • Paul Waner, 1952
  • Jimmie Foxx, 1951
  • Charlie Gehringer, 1949

Ninth year

  • Andre Dawson, 2010
  • Goose Gossage, 2008
  • Tony Perez, 2000
  • Herb Pennock, 1948
  • Pie Traynor, 1948

10th year

  • Don Drysdale, 1984
  • Hank Greenberg, 1956
  • Al Simmons, 1953

11th year

  • Duke Snider, 1980
  • Joe Medwick, 1968
  • Joe Cronin, 1956
  • Ted Lyons, 1955

12th year

  • Lou Boudreau, 1970
  • Dizzy Dean, 1953

13th year

  • Bruce Sutter, 2006
  • Gabby Hartnett, 1955
  • Harry Heilmann, 1952

14th year

  • Bert Blyleven, 2011
  • Bob Lemon, 1976
  • Rabbit Maranville, 1954

15th year

  • Jim Rice, 2009
  • Ralph Kiner, 1975
  • Red Ruffing, 1967
  • Bill Terry, 1954
  • Dazzy Vance, 1955

Selected by a committee

  • Cap Anson, 1939
  • Charles Radbourn, 1939
  • Buck Ewing, 1939
  • Roger Bresnahan, 1945
  • Dan Brouthers, 1945
  • Fred Clarke, 1945
  • Jummy Collins, 1945
  • Ed Delahanty, 1945
  • Hugh Duffy, 1945
  • Hugh Jennings, 1945
  • King Kelly, 1945
  • Jim O'Rourke, 1945
  • Jesse Burkett, 1946
  • Frank Chance, 1946
  • Jack Chesbro, 1946
  • Johnny Evers, 1946
  • Tommy McCarthy, 1946
  • Joe McGinnity, 1946
  • Eddie Plank, 1946
  • Joe Tinker, 1946
  • Rube Waddell, 1946
  • Ed Walsh, 1946
  • Mordecai Brown, 1949
  • Kid Nichols, 1949
  • Chief Bender, 1953
  • Bobby Wallace, 1953
  • Frank "Home Run" Baker, 1955
  • Ray Schalk, 1955
  • Sam Crawford, 1957
  • Zack Wheat, 1959
  • Max Carey, 1961
  • Billy Hamilton, 1961
  • Ed Roush, 1962
  • John Clarkson, 1962
  • Elmer Flick, 1963
  • Sam Rice, 1963
  • Eppa Rizey, 1963
  • Red Faber, 1964
  • Burleigh Grimes, 1964
  • Tim Keefe, 1964
  • Heinie Manush, 1964
  • John Ward, 1964
  • Pud Galvin, 1965
  • Lloyd Waner, 1967
  • Kiki Cuyler, 1968
  • Goose Goslin, 1968
  • Stan Coveleski, 1969
  • Waite Hoyt, 1969
  • Earle Combs, 1970
  • Jesse Haines, 1970
  • Dave Bancroft, 1971
  • Jake Beckley, 1971
  • Chick Hafey, 1971
  • Harry Hooper, 1971
  • Joe Kelley, 1971
  • Rube Marquard, 1971
  • Lefty Gomez, 1972
  • Ross Youngs, 1972
  • George Kelly, 1973
  • Mickey Welch, 1973
  • Jim Bottomley, 1974
  • Sam Thompson, 1974
  • Earl Averill, 1975
  • Billy Herman, 1975
  • Roger Connor, 1976
  • Freddie Lindstrom, 1976
  • Amos Rusie, 1977
  • Joe Sewell, 1977
  • Addie Joss, 1978
  • Hack Wilson, 1979
  • Chuck Klein, 1980
  • Johnny Mize, 1981
  • Travis Jackson, 1982
  • George Kell, 1983
  • Rick Ferrell, 1984
  • Pee Wee Reese, 1984
  • Enos Slaughter, 1985
  • Arky Vaughan, 1985
  • Bobby Doerr, 1986
  • Ernie Lombardi, 1986
  • Red Schoendist, 1989
  • Tony Lazzeri, 1991
  • Hal Newhouser, 1992
  • Phil Rizzuto, 1994
  • Richie Ashburn, 1995
  • Vic Willis, 1995
  • Jim Bunning, 1995
  • Nellie Fox, 1997
  • George Davis, 1998
  • Larry Doby, 1998
  • Orlando Cepeda, 1999
  • Bid McPhee, 2000
  • Bill Mazeroski, 2001
  • Joe Gordon, 2009
  • Ron Santo, 2012

Negro Leagues (committee)

  • Satchel Paige, 1971
  • Josh Gibson, 1972
  • Buck Leonard, 1972
  • Monte Irvin, 1973
  • Coop Papa Bell, 1974
  • Judy Johnson, 1975
  • Oscar Charleston, 1976
  • Martin Dihigo, 1977
  • Pop Lloyd, 1977
  • Ray Dandridge, 1987
  • Leon Day, 1995
  • Bill Foster, 1996
  • Willie Wells, 1997
  • Bullet Rogan, 1998
  • Joe Williams, 1999
  • Turkey Stearnes, 2000
  • Hilton Smith, 2001
  • Ray Brown, 2006
  • Williard Brown, 2006
  • Andy Cooper, 2006
  • Frank Grant, 2006
  • Pete Hill, 2006
  • Biz Mackey, 2006
  • Jose Mendez, 2006
  • Louis Santop, 2006
  • Mile Suttles, 2006
  • Ben Taylor, 2006
  • Cristobal Torriente, 2006
  • Jud Wilson, 2006
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