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The 2009 Hall of Fame Election was announced on January 12, 2009. Candidates needed to receive 405 of a possible 539 votes. Candidates who received less than 27 votes were dropped from future consideration. Tommy John was also dropped after failing to be elected in his 15th year on the ballot.

Player Votes Percentage Year on the Ballot Result
Rickey Henderson 511 94.8 1st ELECTED
Jim Rice 412 76.4 15th ELECTED
Andre Dawson 361 67.0 8th
Bert Blyleven 338 62.7 12th
Lee Smith 240 44.5 7th
Jack Morris 237 44.0 10th
Tommy John 171 31.7 15th Dropped
Tim Raines 122 22.6 2nd
Mark McGwire 118 21.9 3rd
Alan Trammell 94 17.4 8th
Dave Parker 81 15.0 13th
Don Mattingly 64 11.9 9th
Dale Murphy 62 11.5 11th
Harold Baines 32 5. 9 3rd
Mark Grace 22 4.1 1st Dropped
David Cone 21 3.9 1st Dropped
Matt Williams 7 1.3 1st Dropped
Mo Vaughn 6 1.1 1st Dropped
Jay Bell 2 .4 1st Dropped
Jesse Orosco 1 .2 1st Dropped
Ron Gant 0 0 1st Dropped
Dan Plesac 0 0 1st Dropped
Greg Vaughn 0 0 1st Dropped


[edit] Veterans Committee

A new incarnation of the Veterans Committee took hold in 2008. Gone were the votes of all living Hall of Famers and in was a sixteen man committee to select inductees from four ballots: Pre 1943 players, Post 1943 players, Umpires & Managers and Executives. Pre 1943 players would be voted on every five years, post 1943 players in odd years, and off-field personnel in even years. For 2009 this meant that it was a players election. 12 ballots were cast for pre 1943 players meaning 9 were needed to get elected. If a person received less than 3 votes their actual total was not announced. Post 1943 players were still selected by the current Hall of Fame players, but no longer included honorees like writers and broadcasters. This left 64 ballots all of which were returned. 48 votes would be needed for election.

[edit] Post 1943

Player Votes Percentage Result
Ron Santo 39 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

[edit] Pre 1943

Person Votes Percentage Result
Joe Gordon 10 83.3 ELECTED
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 <3 <25.0
Carl Mays <3 <25.0
Vern Stephens <3 <25.0
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