A complete rundown of first-ballot Hall of Famers

A complete rundown of first-ballot Hall of Famers
January 8, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Chris Kamka

Leading into the 2014 Election, there had been only 45 first ballot Hall of Famers, before Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were added to that list.

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There are some incredible names who were NOT selected on the first ballot, some to voting oddities - Lou Gehrig (was named in 1936 as an active player, but voted in by special election in 1939), Joe DiMaggio (received a vote in 1945, while he was serving during WWII), Yogi Berra, Rogers Hornsby (also received votes as an active player on intitial 1936 ballot), Jimmie Foxx (received votes as active player on initial 1936 ballot), Mel Ott, Roy Campanella, etc.  

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Since 1966, there has been a vote every year (there were skipped years prior to that), so beginning with Ted Williams' selection in that year, the process is closer to what we know today. This is the group which Thomas, Maddux and Glavine join today:

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1936 - Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson
1962 - Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson
1966 - Ted Williams
1969 - Stan Musial
1972 - Sandy Koufax
1973 - Warren Spahn
1973 - Roberto Clemente (Special Election)
1974 - Mickey Mantle
1977 - Ernie Banks
1979 - Willie Mays
1980 - Al Kaline
1981 - Bob Gibson
1982 - Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson
1983 - Brooks Robinson
1985 - Lou Brock
1986 - Willie McCovey
1988 - Willie Stargell
1989 - Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski
1990 - Jim Palmer, Joe Morgan
1991 - Rod Carew
1992 - Tom Seaver
1993 - Reggie Jackson
1994 - Steve Carlton
1995 - Mike Schmidt
1999 - Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount
2001 - Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett
2002 - Ozzie Smith
2003 - Eddie Murray
2004 - Paul Molitor, Dennis Eckersley
2005 - Wade Boggs
2007 - Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn
2009 - Rickey Henderson
2014 - Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine