1953 Hall of Fame Election

From BR Bullpen

Results of the 1953 Hall of Fame Election were announced on January 21, 1953. While Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons gained election through the BBWAA ballot, the most remarkable fact about this election was Joe DiMaggio finishing eighth in the first year in which he received votes. This was not due to anyone thinking that Joltin' Joe was unqualified for enshrinement, but rather about the lack of clarity regarding his eligibility. There was no printed ballot that voters had to fill, but only write-in votes being submitted. Since DiMaggio had only retired two years earlier, he should not have been eligible, but a large number of writers still went ahead and wrote in his name, while others were dutifully waiting for the five-year waiting period to have expired. The lack of a formal ballot also explains the large number of candidates receiving one or two votes.

There was still a large backlog of worthy candidates being considered by the BBWAA at the time, and the first ten finishers after Simmons would all be elected in due course, with the next one, Casey Stengel, later gaining election as a manager.

198 of 264 votes needed for election.

Player Votes Result
Dizzy Dean 209 Elected
Al Simmons 199 Elected
Bill Terry 191
Bill Dickey 179
Rabbit Maranville 164
Dazzy Vance 150
Ted Lyons 139
Joe DiMaggio 117
Gabby Hartnett 104
Charles Bender 104
Hank Greenberg 80
Joe Cronin 69
Casey Stengel 61
Hank Gowdy 58
Max Carey 55
Ray Schalk 52
Hack Wilson 43
Pepper Martin 43
Lefty Gomez 35
Edd Roush 32
Zack Wheat 32
Ross Youngs 31
Tony Lazzeri 28
Red Ruffing 24
Bucky Harris 21
Duffy Lewis 20
Rube Marquard 19
Kiki Cuyler 18
Babe Adams 17
Waite Hoyt 14
Dickie Kerr 13
Steve O'Neill 13
Lefty O'Doul 11
Bucky Walters 10
Tommy Henrich 10
Dave Bancroft 10
Jim Bottomley 10
Jimmie Wilson 10
Wilbur Cooper 9
Charlie Grimm 9
Burleigh Grimes 9
Red Faber 9
Mel Harder 8
Muddy Ruel 8
Red Rolfe 5
Jimmy Dykes 5
Everett Scott 5
Jesse Haines 4
Cy Williams 4
Art Nehf 4
Sam Rice 3
Earle Combs 3
Eppa Rixey 3
Glenn Wright 3
Howard Ehmke 3
Bobby Doerr 2
Luke Appling 2
Roger Peckinpaugh 2
Babe Herman 2
Travis Jackson 2
Al Lopez 2
Billy Southworth 2
Chick Hafey 2
Nick Altrock 1
Bill Wambsganss 1
Arky Vaughan 1
Gabby Street 1
Donie Bush 1
Bill Sherdel 1
George Selkirk 1
Germany Schaefer 1
Eddie Rommel 1
Dolf Luque 1
Hub Pruett 1
Charley O'Leary 1
Terry Moore 1
Clyde Milan 1
Joe McCarthy 1
Bill Lange 1
Mike Gonzalez 1
Johnny Kling 1
Charlie Keller 1
Dave Robertson 1