No. 64, Johnny Mize – The Athletic

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Johnny Mize was not elected into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In truth, he never came close to being elected. The highest percentage he got was 43.6 percent in 1972. This was during what you might call the dark period of Hall of Fame voting. The writers, seemingly, didn’t want anybody in the Hall of Fame.

They refused, even, to vote in Yogi Berra on first ballot. I mean, seriously, Yogi Berra?

From 1957-71, the BBWAA voted only nine players into the Hall of Fame. And they didn’t even want to vote in that many. They were fine with voting in Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Roy Campanella — all of them made it…

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