1964

The only player of note to drop from this ballot is Lefty Gomez.

12 Newt Allen
7 Lou Boudreau 6th
13 Tommy Bridges
10 Ray Brown 9th
3 Willard Brown
4 PeeWee Butts
9 Bill Byrd
12 Roy Cullenbine
6 Ray Dandridge
9 Leon Day
6 Dom DiMaggio
8 Bobby Doerr
4 Luke Easter
4 Ferris Fain
9 Joe Gordon 3rd
14 Bob Johnson
2 George Kell
7 Charlie Keller
4 Ralph Kiner 7th
15 Chuck Klein
1 Bob Lemon
12 Ernie Lombardi
13 Ted Lyons 9th
1 Sal Maglie
11 Joe Medwick 4th
4 Hal Newhouser 5th
5 Johnny Pesky
1 PeeWee Reese
5 Allie Reynolds
3 Phil Rizzuto
3 Al Rosen
12 Red Ruffing 7th
11 Hilton Smith
6 Eddie Stanky
4 Vern Stephens
2 Dizzy Trout
1 Virgil Trucks
9 Bucky Walters
1 Herm Wehmeier

Bob’s ballot:

1. Ted Lyons
2. Red Ruffing
3. PeeWee Reese
4. Joe Medwick
5. Joe Gordon
6. Lou Boudreau
7. Phil Rizzuto
8. Ernie Lombardi
9. Bobby Doerr
10. Chuck Klein

By 1964, only one man on our GOR ballot was already in the real Hall, Ted Lyons, who was elected by the BBWAA in ’55. In all the things I use, Ruffing and Lyons are generally interchangeable, and I don’t know who was really better. I decided to let the BBWAA make the choice for me. Others on our ballot who were elected by the BBWAA (and when):
1967 Red Ruffing
1968 Joe Medwick
1970 Lou Boudreau
1975 Ralph Kiner
1976 Bob Lemon

The various VetComs took care of some others
1980 Chuck Klein
1983 George Kell
1984 PeeWee Reese
1986 Bobby Doerr, Ernie Lombardi
1987 Ray Dandridge
1992 Hal Newhouser
1994 Phil Rizzuto
1995 Leon Day
2001 Hilton Smith
2006 Ray Brown, Willard Brown
2009 Joe Gordon

Terry’s ballot:

1: Ray Dandridge
2: Joe Gordon
3: Joe Medwick
4: Lou Boudreau
5: Ralph Kiner
6: Pee Wee Reese
7: Ted Lyons
8: Leon Day
9: Hal Newhouser
10: Bob Lemon

I almost feel like I could add another 10 names, put them all in a bowl, and draw at random. Only Dandridge might have been clearly above the pack, and even with him it’s mostly supposition and guesswork.

Results:

11 ballots, the results:

81 PeeWee Reese
80 Joe Gordon
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63 Lou Boudreau
63 Joe Medwick
51 Hal Newhouser
45 Ted Lyons
37 Ray Dandridge
34 Red Ruffing
33 Ray Brown
31 Ralph Kiner
26 Willard Brown
18 Luke Easter
13 Ernie Lombardi
12 Chuck Klein
12 Bucky Walters
11 Bob Johnson
11 Hilton Smith
10 Leon Day
10 Charlie Keller
7 Bill Byrd
6 Phil Rizzuto
5 Newt Allen
4 Bob Lemon
3 Bobby Doerr
3 Al Rosen
2 Allie Reynolds

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