1955 Hall of Fame Election

1955 Hall of Fame Election

Ted Lyons 1955 Hall of Fame

Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons, and Dazzy Vance elected. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier players. It selected two players, Frank Baker and Ray Schalk.

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1955 followed a system established for odd-number years in 1953. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected four:

Joe DiMaggio: Joe DiMaggio became an American hero at a time when Americans had little to feel heroic about. He was an American idol when America struggled with idealism. This wonderful ballplayer exhibited grace and class in a game that less than two decades prior had been blemished by a gambling scandal. DiMaggio attracted attention years after his retirement not just for his exploits on the diamond, but for his extraordinary traits as an American.

Gabby Hartnett: Gabby Hartnett willed the Chicago Cubs to the 1938 National League pennant, hitting a dramatic home run on September 28 against the Pirates in Wrigley Field, vaulting the Cubs past the Bucs into first place. The popular Hartnett played in four World Series for the Cubs but never tasted victory. He won the 1935 National League Most Valuable Player Award when he hit .344 with 91 RBI in 116 games, and he was the best catcher in the NL prior to World War II. His impressive offensive skills landed him in Cooperstown in 1955.

Ted Lyons: Ted Lyons was a hard-luck pitcher who won 260 games despite pitching for the Chicago White Sox, who posted a .447 winning percentage when he didn't get the decision. After skipping the minor leagues to go directly to the bigs, he won at least 10 games 17 times, and reached 20 victories on three occasions. Lyons began his career as a teammate of Eddie Collins, who started his career in 1906, and ended it as a teammate of Dave Philley, who retired in 1962. Lyons threw a no-hitter against the Red Sox on August 21, 1926.

Dazzy Vance: One of the best pitchers in baseball during the 1920s, Dazzy Vance toiled for poor Brooklyn teams much of his career. The right-hander didn't win his first game in the majors until after his 31st birthday - yet he went on to eight strikeout titles, 197 wins, a no-hitter, and the first National League Most Valuable Player Award.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier players. It selected two players:

Frank Baker: It isn’t easy living up to the nickname “Home Run”, but Frank Baker did so as the best home run hitter of the pre-World War I era. In the 1911 World Series he hit clutch game-winning or game-tying home runs in back-to-back games against the Giants, and he led his league in the category four straight seasons.

Ray Schalk: Schalk played much of his career at 5'9" and 165 pounds, yet he caught 100 or more games in a season 12 times, and retired as the major league record holder for most games behind the plate. He called four no-hit games, also a record, and he was considered a master handler of pitchers. His White Sox teams had one of the finest pitching staffs of their era, and he helped the club to two World Series appearances, including their last title. But he is often remembered for being one of the honest men in the 1919 World Series, in which eight of his teammates conspired to throw their games against the Reds.




Voting Results:

  YoB Votes %vote HOFm HOFs Yrs Pos. Summary
Joe DiMaggio 4th 223 88.8% 260 58 13 *O/3
Ted Lyons 10th 217 86.5% 65 30 21 *1/O
Dazzy Vance 16th 205 81.7% 89 35 16 *1
Gabby Hartnett 12th 195 77.7% 121 48 20 *23
Hank Greenberg HOF 8th 157 62.5% 188 46 13 *3O
Joe Cronin HOF 9th 135 53.8% 143 55 20 *6534/O
Max Carey HOF 12th 119 47.4% 76 36 20 *O
Ray Schalk HOF 16th 113 45.0% 56 25 18 *2
Edd Roush HOF 16th 97 38.6% 72 36 18 *O/34
Hank Gowdy 14th 90 35.9% 6 25 17 *23
Hack Wilson HOF 11th 81 32.3% 100 39 12 *O/4
Lefty Gomez HOF 11th 71 28.3% 128 34 14 *1
Tony Lazzeri HOF 10th 66 26.3% 89 39 14 *456/O3
Red Ruffing HOF 8th 60 23.9% 130 38 22 *1/O
Zack Wheat HOF 15th 51 20.3% 98 48 19 *O
Ross Youngs HOF 16th 48 19.1% 72 32 10 *O/4
Rube Marquard HOF 13th 35 13.9% 84 31 18 *1
Kiki Cuyler HOF 8th 35 13.9% 118 46 18 *O
Duffy Lewis 9th 34 13.5% 19 12 11 *O/51
Waite Hoyt HOF 11th 33 13.1% 94 32 21 *1
Sam Rice HOF 9th 28 11.2% 128 51 20 *O/1
Red Faber HOF 12th 27 10.8% 89 37 20 *1
Jim Bottomley HOF 8th 26 10.4% 99 42 16 *3/4
Dickey Kerr 11th 25 10.0% 22 12 4 1
Chuck Klein HOF 7th 25 10.0% 194 48 17 *O/3
Babe Adams 15th 24 9.6% 72 39 19 *1
Dave Bancroft HOF 12th 19 7.6% 84 29 16 *6/45O
Jimmie Wilson 8th 13 5.2% 44 26 18 *2/3O4
Wilbur Cooper 9th 11 4.4% 76 33 15 *1/O
Muddy Ruel 7th 11 4.4% 48 28 19 *2/3
Jesse Haines HOF 8th 10 4.0% 64 27 19 *1/3
Eppa Rixey HOF 12th 8 3.2% 75 35 21 *1
Everett Scott 13th 8 3.2% 29 14 13 *6/54
Art Nehf 10th 7 2.8% 70 32 15 *1/O
Goose Goslin HOF 5th 7 2.8% 160 61 18 *O/35
Clyde Milan 7th 6 2.4% 24 23 16 *O
Travis Jackson HOF 8th 5 2.0% 28 29 15 *6*5/4O
Babe Herman 9th 5 2.0% 74 39 13 *O3
Heinie Groh 7th 5 2.0% 24 24 16 *5*4/6
Bill Wambsganss 5th 5 2.0% 6 15 13 *465/3
Chick Hafey HOF 8th 4 1.6% 69 33 13 *O
Glenn Wright 8th 4 1.6% 33 27 11 *6/345O
Arky Vaughan HOF 3rd 4 1.6% 116 52 14 *65O/4
Burleigh Grimes HOF 10th 3 1.2% 115 38 19 *1
Cy Williams 10th 3 1.2% 44 31 19 *O
Luke Appling HOF 2nd 3 1.2% 149 57 20 *654/3
Bob Meusel 8th 2 0.8% 76 31 11 *O5/3
Joe Judge 4th 2 0.8% 32 32 20 *3/O
George Earnshaw 4th 2 0.8% 57 10 9 *1
Earl Averill HOF 3rd 2 0.8% 128 50 13 *O
Bill Sherdel 6th 1 0.4% 37 16 15 *1/O3
Joe Sewell HOF 4th 1 0.4% 68 45 14 *6*5/4
Mule Haas 1st 1 0.4% 18 17 12 *O3
Hal Schumacher 2nd 1 0.4% 44 21 13 *1/O
Joe Gordon HOF 2nd 1 0.4% 88 31 11 *43/6
Sad Sam Jones 2nd 1 0.4% 56 21 22 *1/O
Jimmy Dykes 7th 1 0.4% 26 30 22 *5*436/O1
Paul Derringer 4th 1 0.4% 98 28 15 *1
Jake Daubert 5th 1 0.4% 70 27 15 *3
Roger Peckinpaugh 9th 1 0.4% 48 26 17 *6/3
Earle Combs HOF 10th 1 0.4% 94 37 12 *O
Max Bishop 1st 1 0.4% 28 29 12 *4/36
Charlie Berry 1st 1 0.4% 0 4 11 *2
Johnny Allen 1st 1 0.4% 35 24 13 *1
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 4/24/2012.
By Tom Hannon


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