Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Rod Carew Elected to Hall of Fame
NEW YORK (AP) _ Spitballer Gaylord Perry, strikeout artist Ferguson Jenkins and sure- hitting Rod Carew, whose batting rivaled Ty Cobb’s, have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.
Pitchers Jim Bunning and Rollie Fingers didn’t get enough votes in the balloting announced Tuesday. Fingers was on the ballot for the first time, while Bunning was on it for the 15th and final time.
Perry was 314-265 in 22 seasons with 3,534 strikeouts and is the only pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in the American and National leagues.
″After waiting this long, it would really have been hard to take a disappointment for the third time,″ said Perry, who like Jenkins was on the ballot twice before winning a place in Cooperstown posterity.
Carew won seven AL battling titles and finished with a career average of .328 and 3,053 hits. He batted .300 or better for 15 straight seasons. Only fellow Hall of Famers Ty Cobb, Stan Musial and Honus Wagner had longer streaks.
Jenkins was one of only five pitchers to win 100 games in each league. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was 284-226 with 3,192 strikeouts and was a 20-game winner for six consecutive seasons from 1967-72 with the Chicago Cubs.
To be elected to the hall, a player must appear on 75 percent of ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Carew, Jenkins and Perry will be inducted at Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 21.
Jenkins had 334 votes - exactly one more than was needed. Carew made it with 401 votes, or 90.5 percent, and Perry had 342 votes, or 77.2 percent. Fingers got 291 votes and Bunning 282.
While Jenkins and Perry had Hall of Fame numbers when they retired in 1983, both presented ethical problems for some voters. Perry used the greaseball and Jenkins was convicted of cocaine possession in 1980, four months after the drug was discovered in his baggage.
For Pete Rose, however, what baseball’s all-time hits leader did off the field may keep him out of the Hall of Fame. A panel set up by Hall of Fame President Ed Stack may propose a rule barring anyone on baseball’s banned list from getting on the ballot. Rose’s gambling on ballgames got him banned in 1989.
On Monday, Rose completed five months in prison for cheating on his taxes and checked into a halfway house for three months of community service.