Project Summary: To rank the worthiness of the players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame from most worthy to least worthy.
Election Format: Voters will submit ballots ranking their 10 most worthy remaining Hall of Fame players in order of worthiness. Each first place vote will be worth 10 points, with each successive rank being worth one point less than the previous rank, ending in a tenth place vote being worth 1 point. Players will also receive one additional point for each ballot they are listed on and players must be listed on at least three ballots in order to be elected. The five players with the highest support at the end of each election will be elected in the order of their support. Elections will last approximately seven days.
- Tiebreakers: In the event of a tie among players at the end of an election, the first tiebreaker will number of first place votes in that election. The second tiebreaker will be total number of ballot appearances in that election. In the event that there remains a tie, there will be a three day run-off by poll. Players that lose in a run-off will slot into the next ranking spot.
Factors to Consider: As this project focuses in players inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, subjective qualities beyond just statistics can be considered in determining a player's relative worthiness.
Player Eligibility: Only players that have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as players are eligible, including Negro League players and 19th Century players. A complete list of individuals that have been inducted as players is available at the National Baseball Hall of Fame's website, and is recreated below along with each player's corresponding BBF Rank as determined by this project:
1) Babe Ruth
2) Willie Mays
3) Ty Cobb
4) Ted Williams
5) Hank Aaron
Code:Player BBF Rank Hank Aaron 5 Grover Alexander Roberto Alomar Cap Anson Luis Aparicio Luke Appling Richie Ashburn Earl Averill Frank Baker Dave Bancroft Ernie Banks Jake Beckley Cool Papa Bell Johnny Bench Chief Bender Yogi Berra Bert Blyleven Wade Boggs Jim Bottomley Lou Boudreau Roger Bresnahan George Brett Lou Brock Dan Brouthers Mordecai Brown Ray Brown Willard Brown Jim Bunning Jesse Burkett Roy Campanella Rod Carew Max Carey Steve Carlton Gary Carter Orlando Cepeda Frank Chance Oscar Charleston Jack Chesbro Fred Clarke John Clarkson Roberto Clemente Ty Cobb 3 Mickey Cochrane Eddie Collins Jimmy Collins Earle Combs Roger Connor Andy Cooper Stan Coveleski Sam Crawford Jo Cronin Kiki Cuyler Ray Dandridge George Davis Andre Dawson Leon Day Dizzy Dean Ed Delahanty Bill Dickey Martin Dihigo Joe DiMaggio Larry Doby Bobby Doerr Don Drysdale Hugh Duffy Dennis Eckersley Johnny Evers Buck Ewing Red Faber Bob Feller Rick Ferrell Rollie Fingers Carlton Fisk Elmer Flick Whitey Ford Bill Foster Nellie Fox Jimmie Foxx Frankie Frisch Pud Galvin Lou Gehrig Charlie Gehringer Bob Gibson Josh Gibson Lefty Gomez Joe Gordon Goose Goslin Rich Gossage Frank Grant Hank Greenberg Burleigh Grimes Lefty Grove Tony Gwynn Chick Hafey Jesse Haines Billy Hamilton Gabby Hartnett Harry Heilmann Rickey Henderson Billy Herman Pete Hill Harry Hooper Rogers Hornsby Waite Hoyt Carl Hubbell Catfish Hunter Monte Irvin Reggie Jackson Travis Jackson Ferguson Jenkins Hugh Jennings Judy Johnson Walter Johnson Addie Joss Al Kaline Tim Keefe Willie Keeler George Kell Joe Kelley George Kelly King Kelly Harmon Killebrew Ralph Kiner Chuck Klein Sandy Koufax Nap Lajoie Tony Lazzeri Bob Lemon Buck Leonard Freddie Lindstrom Pop Lloyd Ernie Lombard Ted Lyons Biz Mackey Mickey Mantle Heinie Manush Rabbit Maranville Juan Marichal Rube Marquard Eddie Mathews Christy Mathewson Willie Mays 2 Bill Mazeroski Tommy McCarthy Willie McCovey Joe McGinnity Bid McPhee Joe Medwick Jose Mendez Johnny Mize Paul Molitor Joe Morgan Eddie Murray Stan Musial Hal Newhouser Kid Nichols Phil Niekro Jim O’Rourke Mel Ott Satchel Paige Jim Palmer Herb Pennock Tony Perez Gaylord Perry Eddie Plank Kirby Puckett Charles Radbourn Pee Wee Reese Jim Rice Sam Rice Cal Ripken Eppa Rixey Phil Rizzuto Robin Roberts Brooks Robinson Frank Robinson Jackie Robinson Bullet Rogan Edd Roush Red Ruffing Amos Rusie Babe Ruth 1 Nolan Ryan Ryne Sandberg Louis Santop Ray Schalk Mike Schmidt Red Schoendienst Tom Seaver Joe Sewell Al Simmons George Sisler Enos Slaughter Hilton Smith Ozzie Smith Duke Snider Warren Spahn Tris Speaker Willie Stargell Turkey Stearnes Bruce Sutter Mule Suttles Don Sutton Ben Taylor Bill Terry Sam Thompson Joe Tinker Cristobal Torriente Pie Traynor Dazzy Vance Arky Vaughan Rube Waddell Honus Wagner Bobby Wallace Ed Walsh Lloyd Waner Paul Waner John Ward Mickey Welch Willie Wells Zack Wheat Hoyt Wilhelm Billy Williams Joe Williams Ted Williams 4 Vic Willis Hack Wilson Jud Wilson Dave Winfield Early Wynn Carl Yastrzemski Cy Young Ross Youngs Robin Yount