For the first time in 60 years, 1955, the Baseball Writers Association of America voted four players into the Hall of Fame. And for the first time in the history of the Hall of Fame, three pitchers were voted in by the BBWAA and will be part of the same class.
Randy Johnson (534, 97.3 %), Pedro Martinez (500, 91.1 %), John Smoltz (455, 82.9 %) and Craig Biggio (454, 82.7 %) received The Call from The Hall on Tuesday and will be enshrined at Cooperstown on July 26.
Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Dazzy Vance and Ted Lyons were the four players voted into the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 1955.
There have been 50 first-ballot Hall of Famers, six the last two years, and the Braves became the first team to have three pitchers from the same rotation to be elected into The Hall on the first ballot. John Smoltz takes his place next to Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine in Cooperstown. The Mets (Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver) and the Cardinals (Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton) had two starters elected by the writers on the first ballot.
Pedro Martinez is just the second Dominican born player elected into Cooperstown by the writers, joining Juan Marichal.
Hall of Fame weekend is July 24-27, 2015 with the induction ceremony taking place on Sunday, July 26.
Mike Piazza (69.9 %), Jeff Bagwell (55.7 %) and Tim Raines (302, 55 %) inched a little closer to enshrinement. Players must receive votes on 75 % of the ballots turned in for election to the Hall of Fame.
It’s not looking good for Lee Smith with only two years remaining on the ballot. Smith got 166 votes or 30.2 % and it is very unlikely he will be voted in by the baseball writers.
Other players with ties to the Cubs, Alan Trammell (25.1 %), Fred McGriff (12.9 %) and Nomar Garciaparra (5.5 %) also stay on the Hall of Fame ballot, but Tom Gordon (0.4 %, 2 votes) and Cliff Floyd (0.0 %) did not receive the necessary five percent to stay on the ballot.