Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Saturday Baseball Quiz Answer

The Saturday Baseball Quiz Answer

The Saturday Baseball Quiz Answer

(We post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun. On Sunday, we publish the answer with charts and commentary. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to boopstats@phillynews.com.)

QUESTION

The last time no players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA was 1996.The top eight vote-getters were Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Ron Santo, Tony Oliva, Jim Rice and Bruce Sutter. Six of them would eventually earn HoF status. Which two have not?


ANSWER

Steve Garvey and Tony Oliva

 

 1996 BBWAA HALL OF FAME VOTING
 
 Player
 
 Votes
 
 Pct.
 Year
 Elected
 Phil Niekro  321  68.3%
 1997
 Tony Perez
 309  65.7%  2000
 Don Sutton
 300  63.8%  1998
 Steve Garvey
 175  37.2%  —
 Ron Santo
 174  37.0%  2012
 Tony Oliva  170  36.2%  —
 Jim Rice
 166  35.3%  2009
 Bruce Sutter
 137  29.1%  2006
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