1999 Hall of Fame Election
In the 1999 Hall of Fame Election, 373 of 497 votes were needed for election
In what was probably the strongest class since 1939, the 1999 election had four candidates considered to be locks for election. The only question was how badly the vote would be split among Robin Yount and Carlton Fisk. Yount won election by 12 votes but Fisk fell 43 votes short in spite of his impeccable pedigree and had to wait until 2000 to be elected. four of the next five runners-up - Tony Perez, Gary Carter, Jim Rice and Bruce Sutter would also gain election in short order, confirming the strength of this particular ballot.
Interestingly, Bert Blyleven finished well down the list with only 70 votes, but he would also gain election by the BBWAA in a few years' time after a spirited campaign on his behalf largely led via the internet.
BBWAA Voting Results
The Committee on Baseball Veterans selected four persons for induction: 1960s slugger Orlando Cepeda; umpire Nestor Chylak, 19th century manager Frank Selee; and Negro leagues pitcher Smokey Joe Williams.
- Austin Laymance: "Brett, Ryan, Yount formed historic '99 Hall class: Trio marked largest group of first-ballot inductees to Cooperstown", mlb.com, January 5, 2017.