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THE INSIDE TRACK

Now You Know

January 05, 1997|HOUSTON MITCHELL

The baseball Hall of Fame voting will be announced Monday. Last year, for the first time since 1971, no candidate received the required 75% of the votes. Phil Niekro, with a lifetime record of 318-274, was the closest, receiving 68.2% of the vote. A look at the players with the highest percentages of votes without election to the Hall of Fame:

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YEAR PLAYER PCT. ELECTED THAT YEAR 1985 Nellie Fox 74.6 Hoyt Wilhelm, Lou Brock 1986 Billy Williams 74.1 Willie McCovey 1988 Jim Bunning 74.0 Willie Stargell 1947 Pie Traynor 73.9 Carl Hubbell, Frankie Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove 1994 Orlando Cepeda 73.6 Steve Carlton 1982 Juan Marichal 73.4 Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson 1975 Robin Roberts 72.7 Ralph Kiner 1967 Ducky Medwick 72.6 No one 1967 Red Ruffing 72.6 No one 1968 Roy Campanella 72.2 Ducky Medwick 1945 Frank Chance 72.1 No one 1953 Bill Terry 72.1 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons 1990 Gaylord Perry 71.9 Jim Palmer, Joe Morgan 1983 Harmon Killebrew 71.7 Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal 1984 Hoyt Wilhelm 71.6 Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, Don Drysdale 1979 Duke Snider 71.3 Willie Mays 1951 Paul Waner 71.1 Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx 1964 Red Ruffing 69.8 Luke Appling 1987 Jim Bunning 69.8 Billy Williams, Catfish Hunter 1954 Joe DiMaggio 69.4 Rabbit Maranville, Bill Dickey, Bill Terry

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