This press release from the Hall of Fame:
Nine-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion Joe Gordon was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today by the Veterans Committee.
Gordon, who played second base for the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians from 1938-43 and 1946-50, received 10 of a possible 12 votes from the Veterans Committee members who voted on the pre-1943 ballot. That ballot featured players who began their big league careers before 1943. Gordon received votes on 83.3 percent of ballots cast, with at least 75 percent necessary for election. He will be enshrined July 26 at the Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown with any players elected in the Baseball Writers? Association of America vote, which will be announced Jan. 12.
?We are thrilled and proud to welcome Joe Gordon to the Hall of Fame family,? said Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark. ?The Veterans Committee for this ballot had the challenge of considering players who retired long ago, but the Hall of Famers and historians on the Committee did their homework with diligence and effort, and we thank them.?
The Veterans Committee for the pre-1943 ballot consisted of Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr, Ralph Kiner, Phil Niekro, Robin Roberts, Duke Snider, Don Sutton and Dick Williams and historians Furman Bisher, Roland Hemond, Steve Hirdt, Bill Madden and Claire Smith.
Results of the 2008 Pre-1943 Players Ballot (9 needed for election): Gordon (10 votes, 83.3%), Allie Reynolds (8, 66.7%), Wes Ferrell (6, 50.0%), Mickey Vernon (5, 41.7%), Deacon White (5, 41.7%), Bucky Walters (4, 33.3%), Sherry Magee (3, 25.0%), Bill Dahlen, Carl Mays and Vern Stephens: Each less than 3 votes.
Gordon combined power and fielding ability like few second basemen before or since. He hit 20-or-more homers seven times, drove in 100-plus runs four times and averaged 89 RBIs and 83 runs scored per season. With the leather, Gordon posted a .970 fielding percentage, leading the American League in assists four times and double plays three times.
In 1942, Gordon won the American League Most Valuable Player Award, edging out Triple Crown winner Ted Williams of the Red Sox. He was part of World Series-winning teams in New York in 1938, ?39, ?41 and ?43 and helped the Indians win their last Fall Classic in 1948. Gordon died April 14, 1978.
The Hall of Fame also announced balloting results for its election of players on the post-1942 ballot ? for players whose big league careers ran between 1943 and 1987. A final ballot of 10 players was considered by the post-1942 Veterans Committee, which is comprised of the 64 living Hall of Famers.
No player reached the 75 percent threshold necessary for election to the Hall of Fame in the post-1942 balloting. With 100 percent of all 64 living Hall of Famers returning their ballot, 48 votes were necessary to meet the 75% standard for election. Voters could choose up to four candidates, and an average of 3.33 votes per ballot were cast.
Among the Hall of Fame candidates on the post-1942 ballot, former Cubs and White Sox third baseman Ron Santo led all candidates with 39 votes, totaling 60.9 percent of all ballots cast.
Results of the 2008 Post-1942 Players Ballot (48 needed for election): Santo (39 votes, 60.9%), Jim Kaat (38, 59.4%), Tony Oliva (33, 51.6%), Gil Hodges (28, 43.8%), Joe Torre (19, 29.7%), Maury Wills (15, 23.4%), Luis Tiant (13, 20.3%), Vada Pinson (12, 18.8%), Al Oliver (9, 14.1%), Dick Allen (7, 10.9).
This is bad news for those who believe Gil Hodges should be in. Finishing behind Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva means he’s likely never making it. As for Joe Torre, he did not have a Hall of Fame career as a player. But once he is done managing, he’ll get in swiftly.