Allen, Oliva fall one vote short of enshrinement

Tony Oliva signed autographs at Beloit's Pohlman Field in 2011. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Tony Oliva signed autographs at Beloit’s Pohlman Field in 2011. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Golden Era Committee didn’t elect anyone to the Baseball Hall of Fame today, but Dick Allen and Tony Oliva each fell only one vote shy of the 12 needed for enshrinement.

Seventy-five percent of the 16-member Golden Era Committee must vote for a candidate in order for him to be elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to Allen and Oliva each getting 11 votes, Jim Kaat received 10, Maury Wills got nine, Minnie Minoso got eight, and five others (Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Billy Pierce and Luis Tiant) each received three or fewer.

The Golden Era Committee meets to consider candidates every three years. The last time the committee met, in 2011, it elected Ron Santo posthumously.

Results of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America balloting will be announced at 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

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