A player must have been active during a 15-year period prior to election.
Feb. 8, 1991
Persons on baseball’s ineligible list cannot be eligible candidates.
Candidates eligible for future elections if named on 5% of ballots cast in preceding election.
- Candidates eligible for future elections if named on 5% of ballots cast, in either of two preceding elections.
- Five year rule was not waived immediately after Thurman Munson’s death. Munson appeared on 1981 ballot. From 1946-53, there was a one-year rule. From 1936-45, there was no wait. Due to WWII, it was unclear who was still active.
Candidates eligible if named on 5% of ballots cast in preceding election.
After Roberto Clemente dies, rule passed for immediate consideration for a candidate who dies who is still active, or before the five-year waiting period lapses. 1974: Amended to six months.
Screening committee installed, limiting ballot to 40.
Hold annual elections (1966 – present).
A player must have been active during a 20-year period prior to election.
Screening committee starts.
- A player must have been active during a 30-year period prior to election.
- Runoff ballot reinstated (1960-68).for top 30 vote getters. Only needed in 1964 and 1967.
Elections every other year (1958-65).
Five year wait rule first implanted in 1954. Also accepting candidates who had received 100 votes in a previous election.
- Runoff ballot required for top 20 vote getters in 1949 only.
- No second ballot (1949-59).
Minimum of 10 years for BBWAA members to vote.
- Hold second ballot if necessary
- Hold annual elections (1946-57).
- A player must have been active during a 25-year period prior to election (1946-59).
Nominating ballot in 1946 only. Top 20 vote getters comprise final ballot. Amended in Dec 1946.
Elections held every three years (1945 only).
Elections held every three years (1940-45).