One of the most-asked questions during baseball Hall of Fame season is, “Who will be the first player unanimously elected to the Hall?”
Spoiler alert: the BBWAA has never unanimously elected a player!
Ken Griffey Jr. came the closest to unanimous election, when he garnered 437 of 440 votes in 2016. That, at 99.32 percent of the vote, stands as the record for highest percentage of the vote in Major League history. He topped Tom Seaver’s 1992 election of 98.84 percent of the vote.
But would it have mattered if Griffey had received just 330 of the 440 votes? No, it wouldn’t have, because Griffey would have received exactly 75 percent of the vote and ultimately would still have his plaque in the Hall as well as his statistical records. Absolutely nothing would be different.
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