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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1971 featured a new committee on the Negro Leagues that met in February and selected Satchel Paige. The museum planned to honor Paige and those who would follow in a special permanent exhibit outside the Hall of Fame but controversy about the nature of the honor began at the event announcing his election, February 9, and continued until the induction ceremonies six months later. At the latter event Paige was inducted to the Hall of Fame itself, the same as the major league figures.

Otherwise the elections continued a system of annual elections in place since 1968. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected no one. The Veterans Committee met in closed-door sessions to select from executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players. It elected seven, the biggest year in its 1953 to 2001 history: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and George Weiss.

BBWAA election

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1951 or later, but not after 1965; the ballot included candidates from the 1970 ballot who received at least 5% of the vote but were not elected, along with selected players, chosen by a screening committee, whose last appearance was in 1965. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to vote.

Voters were instructed to cast votes for up to 10 candidates; any candidate receiving votes on at least 75% of the ballots would be honored with induction to the Hall. The ballot consisted of 48 players; a total of 360 ballots were cast, with 270 votes required for election. Those candidates receiving less than 5% of the vote will not appear on future BBWAA ballots, but may eventually be considered by the Veterans Committee.

Candidates who were eligible for the first time are indicated here with a †. Candidates who have since been elected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 28 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Johnny Vander Meer and Bobby Doerr were on the ballot for the final time.

Player Votes Percent
Yogi Berra 242 67.2
Early Wynn 240 66.7
Ralph Kiner 212 58.9
Gil Hodges 180 50.0
Enos Slaughter 165 45.8
Johnny Mize 157 43.6
Pee Wee Reese 127 35.3
Marty Marion 123 34.2
Red Schoendienst 123 34.3
Allie Reynolds 110 30.6
George Kell 105 29.2
Johnny Vander Meer 98 27.2
Hal Newhouser 94 26.1
Phil Rizzuto 92 25.6
Bob Lemon 90 25.0
Duke Snider 89 24.7
Phil Cavarretta 83 23.1
Bobby Doerr 78 21.7
Alvin Dark 54 15.0
Nellie Fox 39 10.8
Bobo Newsom 17 4.7
Dom DiMaggio 15 4.2
Charlie Keller 14 3.9
Mickey Vernon 12 3.3
Johnny Sain 11 3.1
Richie Ashburn 10 2.8
Harvey Haddix 10 2.8
Ted Kluszewski 9 2.5
Don Newcombe 8 2.2
Harry Brecheen 7 1.9
Walker Cooper 7 1.9
Wally Moses* 7 1.9
Billy Pierce 7 1.9
Carl Furillo 5 1.4
Bobby Shantz 5 1.4
Ed Lopat 4 1.1
Gil McDougald 4 1.1
Roy Sievers 4 1.1
Bobby Thomson 4 1.1
Carl Erskine 3 0.8
Dutch Leonard 3 0.8
Preacher Roe 3 0.8
Jackie Jensen 2 0.6
Wally Moon* 2 0.6
Vic Power 2 0.6
Vic Raschi 2 0.6
Vic Wertz 2 0.6
Bill Bruton* 1 0.3

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