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Former Yankee Joe Gordon elected to Hall of Fame

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LAS VEGAS - Joe Torre, Gil Hodges and their contemporaries will have to wait two more years for a chance at Cooperstown.

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Monday that the Veterans Committee elected none of the 10 candidates among the pool of players who began their career after 1942.

Among the pool of players who began their career before 1943, former Yankees second baseman Joe Gordon gained induction.

With the 64 living Hall of Famers voting, candidates needed 48 votes, or 75 percent, to get in. Cubs legend Ron Santo came the closest with 39, followed by Jim Kaat (28), Tony Oliva (33), Hodges (28), Torre (19), Maury Wills (15), Luis Tiant (13), Vada Pinson (12), Al Oliver (9) and Dick Allen (7).

For pre-1943 induction, Gordon, the 1942 American League MVP, received 10 of a possible 12 votes. The pre-1943 committee featured seven Hall of Famers and five historians.

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