With Ken Griffey Jr. collecting 437 of 440 votes last night and now holding the highest record for % of votes (99.3%), it stirred up a conversation on Facebook about others either snuck in or ranked much higher than expected.
Let’s start with facts…
- Before Griffey Jr., Tom Seaver had held the top spot for % of votes received at 98.8%
- The top 5 % vote getters of all-time are Griffey Jr., Seaver, Nolan Ryan (98.8%), Cal Ripken (98.5%), and Ty Cobb (98.2%)
- Hank Aaron, ranks 8th all-time with 97.8%
- The most votes ever received came in 2014 as 555 were casted for Greg Maddux (97.2%)
- Tough to believe but, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner only received 95.1% of the vote and Willie Mays received 94.7%
- How about Reggie Jackson (93.6% ) and Luke Appling (94%) receiving a larger percent of the vote than Ted Williams (93.4%)
- Heck, Roberto Alomar (90%) received a higher percentage than Joe DiMaggio (88.8%)
- The lowest percentage to make the Hall (75% minimum) is held by 3 players at 75.4% for Al Simmons, Fergie Jenkins, and Ralph Kiner
- Cy Young, received just 76.1% of the vote, although a FB friend did make a good point of Young being part of the dead ball era
- After 50+ years, Ken Griffey Jr. is the first #1 draft pick to be elected to the Hall
- Rogers Hornsby, who the Jaffe WAR Score System (JAWS)* ranks as the top 2nd basemen of all-time, snuck in at 78.1%
- Jimmie Foxx, the 3rd best 1st basemen all-time according to JAWS, did just a little better at 79.2%
- The lowest vote total to ever be enshrined at Cooperstown by the BBWAA went to Pie Traynor with 93 votes. (only 120 voters at this point)
- There are 72 pitchers in the Hall and 163 position players
- Prior to Griffey, Center Field holds a slight lead (25-24) to the Shortstop position for most players by position.
- The least is third base with 14 and catcher with 16. Catchers will get a boost with Mike Piazza and eventually Ivan Rodriguez
- The New York Yankees have the most players enshrined wearing their caps with 22
- There are 8 teams who do not have a player sporting their cap in the Hall of Fame and that includes: Arizona, Colorado, Houston, Miami, LA Angels, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, and Washington Nationals
- The inaugural five inductees included: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, and Honus Wagner
Who Should Have Been 100% Guys In My Opinion?
*Jaffe WAR Score system (JAWS)
The JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score system) was developed by sabermetrician Jay Jaffe — first at Baseball Prospectus in 2004 — as a means to measure a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness by comparing him to the players at his position who are already enshrined, using advanced metrics to account for the wide variations in offensive levels that have occurred throughout the game’s history. The stated goal is to improve the Hall of Fame’s standards…(click to read more)