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1936 Hall of Fame Election

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The Hall of Fame held their first election in 1936. The writers were instructed to pick up to ten players. There were no rules regarding active players. As a result, eight future Hall of Famers, who were active, received votes. None of them were elected but Babe Ruth was, becoming the first of just three players to be elected without the five year waiting period.

The five players who were named on 75% of the ballots were inducted in 1939.

There were 226 ballots cast. 170 votes were needed for election.

Player Votes Result
Ty Cobb 222 Elected
Babe Ruth 215 Elected
Honus Wagner 215 Elected
Christy Mathewson 205 Elected
Walter Johnson 189 Elected
Nap Lajoie 146
Tris Speaker 133
Cy Young 111
Rogers Hornsby 105
Mickey Cochrane 80
George Sisler 77
Eddie Collins 60
Jimmy Collins 58
Pete Alexander 55
Lou Gehrig 51
Roger Bresnahan 47
Willie Keeler 40
Rube Waddell 33
Jimmie Foxx 21
Ed Walsh 20
Ed Delahanty 17
Pie Traynor 16
Frankie Frisch 14
Lefty Grove 12
Hal Chase 11
Ross Youngs 10
Bill Terry 9
Johnny Kling 8
Lou Criger 7
Mordecai Brown 6
Johnny Evers 6
Frank Chance 5
Al Simmons 4
Ray Schalk 4
John McGraw 4
Edd Roush 2
Chief Bender 2
Joe Jackson 2
Bill Bradley 1
Fred Clarke 1
Frank Baker 1
Dazzy Vance 1
Gabby Hartnett 1
Sam Crawford 1
Jake Daubert 1
Dizzy Dean 1
Kid Elberfeld 1
Rube Marquard 1
Charlie Gehringer 1
Connie Mack 1
Nap Rucker 1
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