Our second Veterans Committee ballot is in the books, and the sole winner was Chicago White Sox legend Dick Allen, with 86.5% of the vote. Allen nearly met his astronomical 89.3% tally in the preliminary round of this Veterans ballot. In 2020’s final vote (with Minnie Miñoso inducted), Allen earned 58% support.
In a sign of a really strong ballot, no other candidates broke the 75% threshold — but none polled so poorly as to drop off of the Veterans ballot. The closest to induction were Tommy John and Lou Whitaker, at 51.4%. John’s support remained identical to 2020, while Whitaker actually lost support, polling at 58% a year ago. Only Kenny Lofton and Dwight Evans saw an increase in support from 2020.
The full results:
Voters averaged 3.76 selections per ballot — essentially the identical rate as last year — which means nearly everyone made the maximum four selections in this election. Well done!
Congratulations to Dick, and we’ll see you back here for another Veterans Committee vote next year!