You might have missed it but the baseball’s Hall of Fame welcomed its newest members over the weekend. Jacob Ruppert Jr., Hank O’Day and James “Deacon” White were enshrined decades after their deaths, in addition to honors for Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek, Paul Hagen, and Dr. Frank Jobe. It was a rainy, sombre affair and to call it sparsely attended would be charitable.

No living players went in this year, as you well know. Many worthy players were kept out by the writers this time around. Aside from the controversial cases, some players simply fell off the ballot. Which brings us to this edition of Flip Flop Fly Ball – players who stayed on the ballot for 15 years but failed to get the required 75% of the vote. Enjoy!

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Comments (2)

  1. You should probably include Dick Allen (at least with an asterisk), who only got 14 years on the ballot but was a special case – Allen fell off the ballot after his first try in 1983, missed 1984, but was reinstated by special decision for 1985 and remained on the ballot another 13 years after that until getting 17% in 1997 in his 14th and final ballot.

  2. Hodges (1970) and Torre (1997) took leaps upward after becoming world championship managers. Tiant, Lolich & Bunning all took a nosedive in 1989, when Gaylord Perry, Fergie Jenkins & Kaat joined the ballot. Boyer, Santo. Pinson & Flood (and Allen) were all illegally left on the ballot after their eligibility periods were over, syphoning votes away from legal candidates.

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