Camden Courier-Post - January 9, 1980

Kaline, Snider named to Hall of Fame

 

NEW YORK (AP) – Outfielders Al Kaline and Duke Snider were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America today.

 

Kaline. 45, who played 22 seasons for the Detroit Tigers, became the 10th man in history to be named to the shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y. in his first year of eligibility.

 

Snider, 53, who starred for the Dodgers in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, was elected in his 11th year of eligibility.

 

A total of 385 ballots were cast by 10-year members of the BBWAA, with 289 representing 75 percent needed for election. Kaline received 340, or 88 percent of the vote, and Snider, who fell 16 votes short of election last year, had 333, or 86 percent.

 

Pitcher Don Drysdale. a former teammate of Snider's, finished third, 51 votes short of election. The late Gil Hodges, another Dodger standout, was fourth with 233 votes, five less than Drysdale.

 

It was the second straight year that Hodges finished fourth in the voting.

 

Relief pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was the only other player to receive at least 200 votes, finishing fifth with 209.

 

KALINE'S BID to become the 10th player elected in his first year of eligibility was backed by impressive statistics. He batted .297 for 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, hitting 399 home runs and completing his career with 3.007 base hits.

 

Signed off the sandlots of Baltimore in 1953. he never played a game in the minor leagues. When he led the American League by hitting .340 in 1955 at age 20, he became the youngest batting champion in history.

 

Snider, who has been eligible for Cooperstown since 1970, received his highest vote total last year with 308, finishing second behind Mays. He batted .295 with 407 home runs in 18 major league seasons.  

Phils draft 4 pitchers

 

PHILADELPHIA – Four pitchers were selected by the Phillies yesterday in two phases of the annual January free agent draft.

 

Righthander Tony Ghelfi from LaCrosse, Wis., was the Phillies' selection in the first round of the regular phase and the 14th player taken overall. Ghelfi, who attends Iowa Western Junior College, is 18 years old.

 

The Phillies' second-round selection was another righthander, Ron Richardson of Albany, Ore. Richardson is a 6-foot, 5-inch 18-year-older. The two other selections were lefthanders Jim Harris and Steve True. Harris is a sophomore at Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas, and True is attending Seminole Junior College in Seminole, Okla.