1949 Hall of Fame Election
The first ballot in the 1949 Hall of Fame Election did not produce an electee, so there was a run-off and the top vote getter, Charlie Gehringer, was elected. Again, there was no shortage of qualified candidates, but Baseball Writers were not voting on a formal ballot, but writing in names they felt were qualified, which led to a scattering of support among a large number of candidates, as well as a large number of players receiving a handful of votes. The run-off ballot, comprising 20 names, was again too large to result in a more focussed vote. All 20 of the names who made it to that second ballot would eventually get elected, an indication that the problem was not the lack of worthwhile candidates, but a voting system that was not working properly.
For the first time since 1946, the Old Timers Committee elected two members as well. This time, it stuck to its mandate and voted in two true old-timers, 19th century pitcher Kid Nichols and 1900s pitching star Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown. These were both very good choices that indicated that the Committee was back on track.