2012 Hall of Fame Election

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The results of the 2012 Hall of Fame Election was announced on January 9, 2012. A total of 573 ballots were cast with 430 needed for election. Barry Larkin cleared the threshold by a wide margin in his third year of eligibility and was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame. It was a particularly weak year for first-year candidates, with only Bernie Williams receiving more than a handful of votes. Candidates who failed to gain at least 30 votes (5%) were dropped from future consideration.

Player Votes Percentage Year on the Ballot Result
Barry Larkin 495 86.4 3rd ELECTED
Jack Morris 382 66.7 13th
Jeff Bagwell 321 56.0 2nd
Lee Smith 290 50.6 10th
Tim Raines 279 48.7 5th
Alan Trammell 211 36.8 11th
Edgar Martinez 209 36.5 3rd
Fred McGriff 137 23.9 3rd
Larry Walker 131 22.9 2nd
Mark McGwire 112 19.5 6th
Don Mattingly 102 17.8 12th
Dale Murphy 83 14.5 14th
Rafael Palmeiro 72 12.6 2nd
Bernie Williams 55 9.6 1st
Juan Gonzalez 23 4.0 2nd Dropped
Vinny Castilla 6 1.0 1st Dropped
Tim Salmon 5 0.9 1st Dropped
Bill Mueller 4 0.7 1st Dropped
Brad Radke 2 0.3 1st Dropped
Javy Lopez 1 0.1 1st Dropped
Eric Young 1 0.1 1st Dropped
Jeromy Burnitz 0 0 1st Dropped
Brian Jordan 0 0 1st Dropped
Terry Mulholland 0 0 1st Dropped
Phil Nevin 0 0 1st Dropped
Ruben Sierra 0 0 1st Dropped
Tony Womack 0 0 1st Dropped

Veterans Committee[edit]

In the second year of a new Veterans Committee format, candidates from both on and off the field were considered from the Golden era of 1947-1972. 16 ballots were cast with 12 being needed for election. If a candidate received fewer than 3 votes, his true total was not disclosed. The committee was made up of 16 members: 8 Hall of Famers (Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams), 5 executives (Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond Gene Michael and Al Rosen) and 3 media members (Dick Kaegel, Jack O'Connell and Dave Van Dyck).

Player Votes Percentage Result
Ron Santo 15 93.8 ELECTED
Jim Kaat 10 62.5
Gil Hodges 9 56.3
Minnie Minoso 9 56.3
Tony Oliva 8 50.0
Buzzie Bavasi <3 <18.8
Ken Boyer <3 <18.8
Charlie Finley <3 <18.8
Allie Reynolds <3 <18.8
Luis Tiant <3 <18.8


The two successful candidates, Larkin and Santo, were inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Cooperstown, NY on July 22, 2012. On July 21st, the winners of the Ford Frick Award for broadcasters - Tim McCarver - and of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for reporters - Bob Elliott - were honored and receive their prizes. Santo was represented by his wife Vicki, who gave the acceptance speech on behalf of her late husband.

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