No player was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, the first time that has happened since 1996, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced.
It's only the eight time in history that no player was selected to the Hall. None of the 37 candidates reached the threshold of 75 percent of the vote to get elected. Seven-time All-Star, Houston Astros catcher/infielder Craig Biggio came closest to getting inducted, falling just 39 votes short of selection and being named on 68.2% of ballots.
First-year candidates who received sufficient support to remain in addition to Biggio and Piazza were pitchers Curt Schilling and Roger Clemens and outfielders Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Outfielder Dale Murphy, in his 15th and final year on the ballot, received 106 votes (18.6).
Clemens got 37.6% of the vote, Bonds 36.2% and Sosa came in at 12.5%.
Three Pre-Integration Committee electees, umpire Hank O’Day, New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert and 19th century player Deacon White, will be inducted on July 28 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Next year players such as Greg Maddux, Jeff Kent, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Mike Mussina will be on the ballot for the first time.