Jack Morris’ candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame ended yesterday when he failed to get the required 75% of the ballots needed. Morris has been on the ballot for the past 15 years, and topped out last year with the highest percentage of the ballots of any Mormon who didn’t make the Hall.
He also is, with Dale Murphy, the second Mormon to last all 15 years on the ballot, and the third to be on the ballot for multiple years without making the Hall (Vern Law was on the Hall of Fame ballot for 7 years in the 1970s before he was dropped).
In contrast, Jeff Kent, who was on the ballot for the first time this year, is the 10th Mormon to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot—and since he was on enough ballots to return next year, he will be the fifth Mormon to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for multiple years.
So, since we’re talking about the Hall of Fame, let me ask a trivia question:
Who was the first Mormon to appear on a Hall of Fame ballot?
If someone can correctly answer that question, I’ll give a complete list of all 10 Mormons who have appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot.