No veterans choices for BB Hall of Fame

Feb. 27, 2007 at 5:33 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Former Chicago Cub Ron Santo came closest but for the third consecutive time the Veterans Committee didn't elect any ex-player to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The committee considered two sets of ballots, one with 27 players and another with 15 managers, umpires and executives. A total of 62 votes -- 75 percent -- from the 84-member committee were needed for election.

Santo, who played third base for the Cubs, was named on 57 ballots, five short of getting into the Hall of Fame. Pitcher Jim Kaat, who spent most of his career with the Minnesota Twins, was next with 52 votes. Umpire Doug Harvey was also on 52 ballots.

Players such as Gil Hodges, Joe Torre and Roger Maris were on the ballot.

The Veteran Committees votes every two years.

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