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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 27 February 2007 06:07

How a Marvin Miller HOF plaque might lookI have just received word through sources that Marvin Miller did not gain entry into the Hall of Fame today.

He missed induction by 10 votes.

As Miller is 89—soon to be 90-years-old—and the composite vote occurring only once every 4-years, there are chances that Miller's induction might have to occur posthumously.

It is this author's opinion that changes need to made to the process by which non-players are inducted. Marvin Miller surely merits being in the Hall, and should have been in long ago.

Until that time, we offer the following image. 

UPDATE: No players or non-players gained entry via the Veterans Committee vote, the third straight time that a non-selection has occurred. The following is a breakdown of the voting:

Results of the 2007 Player Ballot (62 needed for election): Santo (57 votes, 69.5%), Jim Kaat (52, 63.4%), Gil Hodges (50, 61%), Tony Oliva (47, 57.3%), Maury Wills (33, 40.2%), Joe Torre (26, 31.7%), Don Newcombe (17, 20.7%), Vada Pinson (16, 19.5%), Roger Maris (15, 18.3%), Lefty O’Doul (15, 18.3%), Luis Tiant (15, 18.3%), Curt Flood (14, 17.1%), Al Oliver (14, 17.1%), Mickey Vernon (14, 17.1%), Minnie Minoso (12, 14.6%), Cecil Travis (12, 14.6%), Dick Allen (11, 13.4%), Marty Marion (11, 13.4%), Joe Gordon (10, 12.2%), Ken Boyer (9, 11%), Mickey Lolich (8, 9.8%), Wes Ferrell (7, 8.5%), Sparky Lyle (6, 7.3%), Carl Mays (6, 7.3%), Thurman Munson (6, 7.3%), Rocky Colavito (5, 6.1%) and Bobby Bonds (1, 1.2%).

Results of the 2007 Composite Ballot (61 needed for election): Harvey (52 votes, 64.2%), Marvin Miller (51, 63%), Walter O’Malley (36, 44.4%), Buzzie Bavasi (30, 37%), Dick Williams (30, 37%), Whitey Herzog (29, 35.8%), Bill White (24, 29.6%), Bowie Kuhn (14, 17.3%), August Busch Jr. (13, 16%), Billy Martin (12, 14.8%), Charley O. Finley (10, 12.3%), Gabe Paul (10, 12.3%), Paul Richards (10, 12.3%), Phil Wrigley (9, 11.1%) and Harry Dalton (8, 9.9%).

Reached for comment just before the results were announced, one former executive on the Composite Ballot had this to say.

"Give any and all my votes to Gil Hodges," Buzzie Bavasi said. "Gil gave up almost five years of his baseball life to the military service. Yet his records compare favorably to Tony Perez, who is in the Hall and should be, but Perez has only nine home runs more than Gil with 2730 more at bats. Had Gil had those at bats Bonds would be chasing him not Hank."

 
 
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