Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era Committee elects nobody
Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each fell one vote shy of induction.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced the results of its Golden Era Committee ballot, with no candidates set for induction into Cooperstown in 2015.
Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each received 11 votes, falling one vote shy. Jim Kaat received 10 votes.
The Hall of Famers, whose primary contributions fell between 1947-1972, needed at least 12 votes from a 16-person committee that included, among others, Hall of Fame players Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton.
Allen hit .292/.378/.534 with 351 home runs in his 15-year career with the Phillies, Cardinals, Dodgers, White Sox and Athletics. His career adjusted OPS+ of 156 ranks 19th all-time, and is in line with contemporaries Willie Mays (156), Hank Aaron (155) and Frank Robinson (154), all of whom are in the Hall of Fame.
Allen, who played mostly third base and first base but also some outfield in his career, led his league in home runs twice, slugging percentage three times, on-base percentage twice, OPS three times and OPS+ three times. Allen was a seven-time All-Star.
This was his first time on the Golden Era ballot. He topped out at 18.9 percent on the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1996, his penultimate year on the writers ballot.
Oliva won batting titles in his first two seasons with the Minnesota Twins (1964-65), and hit .304/.353/.476, a 131 OPS+ in his 15-year career, with 220 home runs and 329 doubles. Oliva was an eight-time All-Star, won Rookie of the Year in 1964, and finished in the top 10 of MVP voting four times, including finishing second twice (1965, 1970).
Kaat, who fell two votes shy in 2011 with 10 votes, got the same number of votes this time around. The left-hander was 283-237 and pitched for 25 seasons, putting up a 108 ERA+ in 4,530 career innings. Kaat is perhaps most known for his 16 Gold Glove Awards, won in consecutive years from 1962 to 1977, second only to the 18 awards captured by Hall of Famer Greg Maddux.
The highest Kaat ever finished in his 15 years on the writers ballot was at 29.6 percent in 1993, well short of the 75 percent required for induction.
Other candidates on the 10-man ballot who fell short were Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills. The Baseball Writers Association of America ballot results will be announced on January 6.