1947 Hall of Fame Election
For the first time since 1942, baseball writers managed to elect someone to the Hall of Fame, as four players, all of them overwhelmingly qualified, made it past the three-quarters vote threshold. These were Carl Hubbell, Frankie Frisch, Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove. The voters were still having to sort through a stacked ballot, even with the Old Timers Committee having overstepped its mandate in recent years to poach a number of worthy candidates straight off the writers' list: the next 15 vote-getters, and 19 of the next 20, would all be elected to the Hall, most of them in short order.
There was still some uncertainty about eligibility, as Jimmie Foxx, an obvious Hall of Famer, received 10 votes even though he should not have been eligible, having retired after the 1945 season. Manager Joe McCarthy received a couple of votes even though he never played in the major leagues and also should not have been eligible.
The Old Timers Committee did not meet that year, after ramming through 21 candidates over the previous three years, as efforts were being made to bring it under control.
121 of 161 votes needed for election
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