NEW YORK — Billy Williams and Jim (Catfish) Hunter, models of consistency whose teams often went in opposite directions, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday night.
Williams, on the ballot for the sixth time after missing by just four votes last year, was named on 354 of 413 votes for 85.7%, well above the required 75%.
Hunter, known for working out of tight jams on the mound, again cut it close. He got 315 votes, five over the minimum, and reached the Hall in his third try after missing by 30 votes last year.
Jim Bunning, the recently elected Congressman from Kentucky, did not fare as well in this voting. Bunning, who missed by 40 votes last year, came up 21 shy.