It's Official: Joe Gordon Is Famous, Immortal

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The old farts on the Veterans Committee finally got their act together and voted somebody into the Hall of Fame, but it wasn't any of the three names floated by Dugout Central. Instead of Joe Torre, Dick Allen or Ron Santo, the late great Joe Gordon will be the only player inducted into the Hall by the revamped Veterans Committee. Gordon, the former second baseman for the Yankees and the Indians, was named on 10 of 12 ballots. Of the 20 players up for nomination this year, 10 started their careers prior to 1943 and were considered by this smaller contingent as opposed to the 64 living HOFers who voted on the post-1943 players.

So it'll be another two years for Ron Santo, Joe Torre, and their ilk to wait for their next chance at immortality. And it'll be another two years for Dick Allen to not be a Hall-of-Famer and for Bill James to not be a lug nut.

UPDATE: The National Baseball Hall of Fame's press release has the voting results for the post-1942 players:(48 votes needed for election):

Ron Santo (39 votes, 60.9 percent)
Jim Kaat (38, 59.4 percent)
Tony Oliva (33, 51.6 percent)
Gil Hodges (28, 43.8 percent)
Joe Torre (19, 29.7 percent)
Maury Wills (15, 23.4 percent)
Luis Tiant (13, 20.3 percent)
Vada Pinson (12, 18.8 percent)
Al Oliver (nine, 14.1 percent)
Dick Allen (seven, 10.9 percent)

Not only did Dick Allen fail to earn an induction, he wasn't even close.

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Is that an onion on his belt?

He hit dickety-five home runs his rookie season.

You just couldn't post a pic of him in his Indians uni, could you? Anyway, Joe, thanks for 1948 and congratulations.

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