By Harry Allison
Former Phillies great Richie Allen missed getting into the Hall of Fame yesterday by one vote, and his next shot is in 2017.
The baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Era committee failed to elect any of the 10 candidates from a group whose primary contributions were from 1947-72.
Allen and Tony Oliva each received 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Jim Kaat appeared on 10 ballots, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight.
Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant each received three or fewer votes, as did the lateCincinnati Reds general manager Bob Howsam.
Voters who deliberated at Sunday’s committee meeting included Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Pat Gillick, Ferguson Jenkins, Al Kaline, Joe Morgan, Ozzie Smith and Don Sutton; baseball executives Jim Frey, David Glass, Roland Hemond and Bob Watson; and media members Steve Hirdt, Dick Kaegel, Phil Pepe and Tracy Ringolsby.
The pre-Pre-Integration Era committee, which considers candidates whose primary contributions were through 1946, gathers at next year’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. The Expansion Era committee (1973 and later) votes at the 2016 winter meetings in Washington, D.C.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its vote Jan. 6. Randy Johnson,Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are the top newcomers. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops holdovers that include Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.