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2003 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting
New inductees2
via BBWAA2
Total inductees256
Induction dateJuly 27, 2003
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2003 inductees Eddie Murray (left) and Gary Carter

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2003 proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001. The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) held an election to select from among recent players; Gary Carter and Eddie Murray were elected. The Veterans Committee held elections both for players who were active no later than 1981 and for non-players (managers, umpires and executives), but did not select anyone.

The induction ceremonies were held on July 27 in Cooperstown, with Commissioner Bud Selig presiding.

BBWAA election

The BBWAA was again authorized to elect players active in 1983 or later, but not after 1997; the ballot included candidates from the 2002 ballot who received at least 5% of the vote but were not elected, along with selected players, chosen by a screening committee, whose last appearance was in 1997. In addition, Darryl Kile was exempted from the five-season rule and included on the ballot, due to his unexpected death during the 2002 season. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to vote.

Voters were instructed to cast votes for up to 10 candidates; any candidate receiving votes on at least 75% of the ballots would be honored with induction to the Hall. Results of the 2003 election by the BBWAA were announced on January 7. The ballot consisted of 33 players; 496 ballots were cast, with 372 votes required for election. A total of 3272 individual votes were cast, an average of 6.60 per ballot. Those candidates receiving less than 5% of the vote (25 votes) will not appear on future BBWAA ballots, but may eventually be considered by the Veterans Committee.

Candidates who were eligible for the first time are indicated here with a dagger (†). The two candidates who received at least 75% of the vote and were elected are indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been selected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 13 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Jim Kaat was on the ballot for the 15th and final time.

The newly eligible candidates included 22 All-Stars, five of whom were not on the ballot, who were selected a total of 68 times. Ryne Sandberg was selected a total of ten times, while Eddie Murray (eight times), Lee Smith (seven), Fernando Valenzuela (six) and Tony Peña (five) were all selected at least five times. The field included four Rookies of the Year (Murray, Valenzuela, Vince Coleman and Todd Worrell), as well as one MVP (Sandberg) and two Cy Young Award winners (Valenzuela and Mark Davis). Fernando Valenzuela is the only player ever so far to win a Cy Young Award and a Rookie of the Year Award in the same season.

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Damon Berryhill, Mike Bielecki, Darnell Coles, Mariano Duncan, Álvaro Espinoza, Greg Gagne, Mike Gallego, Rene Gonzales, Kevin Gross, Mark Gubicza, Ron Karkovice, Joe Orsulak, Jody Reed, Bruce Ruffin, Kevin Seitzer, Don Slaught, and John Smiley.

Veterans Committee

Rules enacted in August 2001 provided that the Veterans Committee would be expanded from its previous 15 members, elected to limited terms, and it would vote by mail rather than convene. The new committee would comprise all living members of the Hall of Fame, recipients of the Spink Award (broadcasters), recipients of the Frick Award (writers), and members of the old committee until expiration of their terms. They would vote by mail using "ballots and supporting material -- prepared by the Hall of Fame".[1]

The process would cover players every two years and other contributors (managers, umpires and executives) every four years. Both cycles first concluded with elections in February 2003, electing no one. (In the event, the system was reformed again after the third fruitless election for players and the second for other contributors in February 2007.)


A new Historical Overview Committee comprising ten baseball writers nominated 200 players and 60 managers, umpires, and executives.

Players. († marks those newly eligible since 2001 (eight). The last played in the majors during 1980 or 1981.)

Babe AdamsJoe AdcockDick AllenJohnny AllenFelipe AlouBobby Ávila – †Sal BandoDick BartellGinger BeaumontGlenn BeckertWally Berger – †Bobby BondsKen BoyerHarry BrecheenTommy BridgesPete BrowningCharlie BuffintonLew BurdetteGeorge H. BurnsGeorge J. BurnsGuy BushDolph CamilliLeo CárdenasBob CaruthersGeorge CaseNorm CashPhil CavarrettaSpud ChandlerBen ChapmanRocky ColavitoWalker CooperWilbur CooperMort CooperDoc CramerDel CrandallGavy CravathLave CrossMike CuellarBill DahlenAlvin DarkJake DaubertTommy DavisWillie DavisPaul DerringerDom DiMaggioPatsy DonovanJimmie DykesBob ElliottDel EnnisCarl ErskineRoy FaceWes FerrellFreddie FitzsimmonsCurt FloodBill FreehanJim FregosiLarry FrenchCarl FurilloMike GarciaJim GilliamJack GlasscockJoe GordonCharlie GrimmDick GroatHeinie GrohStan HackHarvey HaddixMel HarderJeff HeathTommy HenrichBabe HermanPinky Higgins – †John HillerGil HodgesKen Holtzman – †Willie HortonElston HowardFrank HowardDummy HoyLarry JacksonJulián JavierJackie JensenSam JethroeBob JohnsonDavey JohnsonJoe JudgeWillie KammKen KeltnerDon KessingerJohnny KlingTed KluszewskiRay KremerHarvey KuennJoe KuhelVern LawSam LeeverMickey LolichSherm LollarHerman LongEd LopatDolf LuqueSal MaglieJim MaloneyFirpo MarberryMarty MarionRoger Maris – †Mike G. MarshallPepper MartinCarl Mays – †Tim McCarverFrank McCormickLindy McDanielGil McDougaldSam McDowellStuffy McInnisDenny McLainRoy McMillanDave McNallyAndy MessersmithBob MeuselIrish MeuselBing MillerStu MillerMinnie MiñosoTerry MooreTony MullaneThurman MunsonJohnny MurphyBuddy MyerArt NehfDon NewcombeBobo NewsomLefty O'DoulTony OlivaClaude OsteenMilt PappasMel ParnellCamilo PascualRon PerranoskiJim PerryJohnny PeskyRico PetrocelliDeacon PhillippeBilly PierceVada PinsonWally PippJohnny PodresBoog PowellJack QuinnVic RaschiEd ReulbachAllie Reynolds – †J. R. RichardEddie RommelCharley RootAl RosenSchoolboy RowePete RunnelsJimmy RyanJohnny Sain – †Manny SanguillénRon SantoHank SauerWally SchangHal SchumacherGeorge ScottRip SewellBob ShawkeyUrban ShockerRoy SieversCurt SimmonsVern StephensRiggs StephensonMel StottlemyreHarry StoveyJesse TannehillTony TaylorJohnny TempleFred TenneyBobby ThomsonMike TiernanJoe TorreCecil TravisHal TroskyVirgil TrucksGeorge Van HaltrenJohnny Vander MeerBobby VeachMickey VernonDixie WalkerBucky WaltersLon WarnekeWill WhiteCy WilliamsKen R. WilliamsMaury WillsWilbur WoodGlenn WrightJimmy WynnRudy York


Gene AutryBuzzie BavasiSamuel BreadonCharles BronfmanGussie BuschGeorge W. BushRoger CraigHarry DaltonBill DinneenCharles DressenBarney DreyfussChub FeeneyJohn FetzerCharles O. FinleyJohn GalbreathLarry GoetzCalvin GriffithFred HaneyDoug HarveyGarry HerrmannWhitey HerzogJohn HeydlerRalph HoukBob HowsamFred HutchinsonEwing KauffmanBowie KuhnFrank LaneBilly MartinGene MauchMarvin MillerDanny MurtaughHank O'DayWalter O'MalleySteve O'NeillPaul OwensSteve PalermoGabe PaulJoan PaysonBabe PinelliBob QuinnAlfred ReachBeans ReardonPaul RichardsCy RiglerBill RigneyBen ShibeCharles SomersBilly SouthworthGeorge StallingsBill SummersCedric TallisChuck TannerBirdie TebbettsPatsy TebeauChris von der AheLee WeyerBill WhiteDick WilliamsPhil Wrigley


Sixty baseball writers selected from the nominees 25 players and 15 other contributors to appear on the ballots. Meanwhile, six Hall of Fame members independently selected five nominated players, making 25 to 30 players. Evidently the writers passed over one man selected by the Hall of Famers, for there were 26 players on the final ballot.


Among 85 eligible voters, 81 cast ballots so 61 votes were the minimum to elect a candidate. Only three players led by Gil Hodges (61%) tallied more than fifty percent support. († marks those who were newly eligible since 2001. Italics mark those subsequently elected.)

On the composite ballot all fifteen finalists were active since 1976. Writing for the Business of Baseball Committee, SABR, Pappas classified them as one umpire (U), four owners (O), one labor leader (L), three general managers (GM), four managers (M), and two league officials (lg). Among 85 eligible voters, 79 cast ballots so 60 votes were the minimum to elect a candidate. Only umpire Doug Harvey tallied more than fifty percent support. (Italics mark those subsequently elected.)

J. G. Taylor Spink Award

Hal McCoy received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award honoring a baseball writer. (The award was voted at the December 2002 meeting of the BBWAA, dated 2002, and conferred in the summer 2003 ceremonies.)

Ford C. Frick Award

Bob Uecker received the Ford C. Frick Award honoring a baseball broadcaster.


  1. ^ NBHOFM Pappas Archived 2008-05-22 at the Wayback Machine Pappas classifies the 60 contributors as 17 managers or coaches, 10 umpires, and 33 executives; and the latter as 17 "primarily owners or owner/GMs", nine "primarily GMs", five "primarily major league officials", and one "labor leader".