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Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1984 followed the system in place since 1978. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected three: Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, and Harmon Killebrew. The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider older major league players as well as managers, umpires, executives, and figures from the Negro Leagues. It selected two players, Rick Ferrell and Pee Wee Reese.

BBWAA election

The BBWAA was authorized to elect players active in 1964 or later, but not after 1978; the ballot included candidates from the 1983 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 1978. 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 29 players; a total of 403 ballots were cast, with 303 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 †. The one candidate who received at least 75% of the vote and was elected is indicated in bold italics; candidates who have since been elected in subsequent elections are indicated in italics. The 10 candidates who received less than 5% of the vote, thus becoming ineligible for future BBWAA consideration, are indicated with a *.

Player Votes Percent
Luis Aparicio 341 84.6
Harmon Killebrew 335 83.1
Don Drysdale 316 78.4
Hoyt Wilhelm 290 72.0
Nellie Fox 246 61.0
Billy Williams 202 50.1
Jim Bunning 201 49.9
Orlando Cepeda 124 30.8
Tony Oliva 124 30.8
Roger Maris 107 26.6
Harvey Kuenn 106 26.3
Maury Wills 104 25.8
Lew Burdette 97 24.1
Bill Mazeroski 74 18.4
Roy Face 65 16.1
Elston Howard 45 11.2
Joe Torre 45 11.2
Thurman Munson 29 7.2
Don Larsen 25 6.2
Wilbur Wood 14 3.5
Jim Fregosi* 4 1.0
Jim Bouton* 3 0.7
Davey Johnson* 3 0.7
Mickey Stanley* 2 0.5
Bob Bailey* 1 0.2
Nelson Briles* 1 0.2
Clay Carroll 1 0.2
Jim Colborn* 0 0.0
Ron Fairly 0 0.0

Players eligible for the first time who were not included on the ballot were: Sandy Alomar, Sr., Andy Etchebarren, Al Fitzmorris, Tito Fuentes, Wayne Garrett, Cito Gaston, Larry Haney, Ed Herrmann, Joe Lahoud, Paul Lindblad, Dave May, Marty Perez, Bill Plummer, and Gary Sutherland.

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