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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Joe Jackson and Pete Rose got Hall of Fame votes.

Apparently, the writers were never too bright about this.  The first Hall of Fame vote was in 1936.  A player must be named on 75% of ballots to be elected.  Five players were elected in 1936.

226 total ballots (170 votes needed for election)
1Ty Cobb1st22298.2%4457524151.069.0110.057.23034114342244418911719338971249.366.433.512.945168003.60991.6003015.06020*O/3145
2Babe Ruth1st21595.1%4187922163.184.7123.958.1250383992174287371422141232062.342.474.6901.16420694462.281221.15916314741221.197410441488*O13
3Honus Wagner1st21595.1%3127521131.065.498.254.7279410439173934201011732723963.328.391.467.858151000.001.5602008.17066*6*O354/1
4Christy Mathewson1st20590.7%3038417101.766.584.162.16471687151362716720116.*1/O3
5Walter Johnson1st18983.6%3648221165.689.5127.562.193423242415472425513110.235.274.342.616764172792.171471.061802666345914.149139713633509*1/O
Some active players got votes, including Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.  Gehrig retired in 1939 with the illness that killed him.  In 1936 Gehrig was 15th with 51 votes, 22.6%; Foxx 19th with 21 votes, 9.3%.  In 1938 Foxx hit 50 home runs and was AL MVP but got no Hall of Fame votes.
Shoeless Joe Jackson, who had been banned for life because he took money to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series, got two votes (9%) in 1936.

In 1946 Jackson got two nominating votes (1%), maybe the same two voters as in 1936.  In this stage of voting, the top 20 moved on to the next phase.  Jackson was number 47.

In August 1989, three years after he retired as an active player, Rose agreed to permanent ineligibility from baseball amidst accusations that he gambled on baseball games while playing for and managing the Reds, including claims that he bet on his own team. In 1991, the Baseball Hall of Fame formally voted to ban those on the "permanently ineligible" list from induction, after previously excluding such players by informal agreement among voters.

Pete Rose:

Hall of Fame 
1992 BBWAA ( 9.5%) 
1993 BBWAA ( 3.3%) 
1994 BBWAA ( 4.2%)

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