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No one elected to Hall by Veterans Committee

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer

March 2, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Gil Hodges, Ron Santo and everyone else on the ballot fell short Wednesday as once again the baseball Veterans Committee failed to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame.

Hodges and Santo came the closest with 65 percent -- 75 percent was needed for induction. Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat were the only other players to be named on more than half of the 80 ballots.

In 2003, the redesigned Vets committee also pitched a shutout. There will not be another election until 2007, the same year managers, umpires and executives also will be considered.

The current 83-member committee includes 60 Hall of Famers. All but three turned in paper ballots this year.

Hodges and Santo both drew 52 votes, eight shy of what they needed. It was a slight improvement for Hodges, the former Brooklyn first baseman and New York Mets manager who fell 11 votes short in 2003.

Joe Torre, Maury Wills, Luis Tiant and Roger Maris were among the other players who got less than 50 percent this year. Thurman Munson and old-time pitcher Smoky Joe Wood each received only two votes.

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