Part of my ongoing effort to catalog my Hall of Fame-related coverage at Baseball Prospectus for this site. A recent design change at BP may result in formatting issues.
This was the first ballot for which the JAWS acronym was used — I introduced the new designation in a piece about Barry Bonds’ lack of Hall of Fame teammates in October 2004 — though it still relied upon Baseball Prospectus’ Wins Above Replacement Player metric, which used a significantly lower replacement level than today’s WAR, and a definition of peak based on a player’s best five-year run, with allowances made for injuries or military service. With so many candidates having such slim chances, I did not delve into every single case.
Dick Allen, Bobby Bonds, Ken Boyer, Rocky Colavito, Curt Flood, Joe Gordon, Gil Hodges, Elston Howard, Marty Marion, Roger Maris, Minnie Minoso, Thurman Munson, Tony Oliva, Vada Pinson, Ron Santo, Joe Torre, Maury Wills
Pitchers (same article)
Wes Ferrell, Jim Kaat, Mickey Lolich, Sparky Lyle, Carl Mays, Don Newcombe, Luis Tiant, Smokey Joe Wood