HOUSTON Former Houston Astro Craig Biggio fell just shy of being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He received 74.8 percent of the vote but needed 75 percent.
Biggio received 427 votes, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss.
Obviously, I m disappointed to come that close. I feel for my family, the organization and the fans. Hopefully, next year, Biggio said in a written statement.
Biggio congratulated 2014 Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas on their election to the Hall.
Astros President Reid Ryan said they share the fans disappointment over the voting results.
The Astros and our fans know that Craig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and it is good to know that 74.8% of the Baseball Writers agree, Ryan said. We re hopeful it will happen in 2015.
In his 20 Major League seasons (1988-2007), all in an Astros uniform, Biggio was one of the top players of his era, excelling at catcher, second base and in the outfield.
The seven-time All-Star played a vital role in the most successful run in franchise history, which included six postseason appearances and a National League pennant.
Biggio is one of 28 players in ML history to reach 3,000 hits. His 3,060 hits ranks 21st in Major League history and 11th among right-handed hitters.
Biggio is also one of just 14 players in ML history to reach both 3,000 hits and 1,000 extra-base hits.
Former Astros teammate Jeff Bagwell also failed to make the Hall of Fame with 54.3 percent of the vote.
Maddux, Glavine and Thomas will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee.
Writers had not elected three players in one vote since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount in 1999.
Controversy over how to evaluate stars tainted by the steroids era continued to impact the vote totals of players with stellar statistics. In their second appearances on the ballot, Roger Clemens dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4, Barry Bonds from 36.2 to 34.7 and Sammy Sosa from 12.5 to 7.2.
Appearing for the eighth time, Mark McGwire fell from 16.9 to 11.0. Rafael Palmeiro will be dropped from future ballots after falling to 25 votes and 4.4 percent - below the 5 percent threshold necessary to remain eligible for next year s vote.
Deadspin.com announced Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard had turned his ballot over to the website, which allowed readers to vote on how it should be cast.
I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this, Le Batard said in remarks posted by Deadspin. I always like a little anarchy inside the cathedral we ve made of sports.
BBWAA Secretary-Treasurer Jack O Connell declined comment.
Here s a year-by-year look at the inductees to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame:
2014 - BBWAA: Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas. E: Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre.
2013 - PI: Hank O'Day, Jacob Ruppert, Deacon White.
2012 - BBWAA: Barry Larkin. G: Ron Santo.
2011 - BBWAA: Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven. E: Pat Gillick.
2010 - BBWAA: Andre Dawson. VC: Whitey Herzog, Doug Harvey.
2009 - BBWAA: Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice. VC: Joe Gordon.
2008 - BBWAA: Goose Gossage. VC: Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn, Walter O'Malley, Billy Southworth, Dick Williams.
2007 - BBWAA: Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr.
2006 - BBWAA: Bruce Sutter. SCNL: Ray Brown, Willard Brown, Andy Cooper, Frank Grant, Pete Hill, Biz Mackey, Effa Manley, Jose Mendez, Alex Pompez, Cum Posey, Louis Santop, Mule Suttles, Ben Taylor, Cristobal Torriente, Sol White, J.L. Wilkinson, Jud Wilson.
2005 - BBWAA: Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg.
2004 - BBWAA: Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor.
2003 - BBWAA: Gary Carter, Eddie Murray.
2002 - BBWAA: Ozzie Smith.
2001 - BBWAA: Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield. VC: Bill Mazeroski. NL: Hilton Smith.
2000 - BBWAA: Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez. VC: Sparky Anderson, Bid McPhee. NL: Turkey Stearnes.
1999 - BBWAA: George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount. VC: Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee. NL: Smokey Joe Williams.
1998 - BBWAA: Don Sutton. VC: George Davis, Larry Doby, Lee MacPhail. NL: Bullet Joe Rogan.
1997 - BBWAA: Phil Niekro. VC: Nellie Fox, Tommy Lasorda. NL: Willie Wells.
1996 - VC: Jim Bunning, Ned Hanlon, Earl Weaver. NL: Bill Foster.
1995 - BBWAA: Mike Schmidt. VC: Richie Ashburn, William Hulbert, Vic Willis. NL: Leon Day.
1994 - BBWAA: Steve Carlton. VC: Leo Durocher, Phil Rizzuto.
1993 - BBWAA: Reggie Jackson.
1992 - BBWAA: Rollie Fingers, Tom Seaver. VC: Bill McGowan, Hal Newhouser.
1991 - BBWAA: Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins, Gaylord Perry. VC: Tony Lazzeri, Bill Veeck.
1990 - BBWAA: Joe Morgan, Jim Palmer.
1989 - BBWAA: Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski. VC: Al Barlick, Red Schoendienst.
1988 - BBWAA: Willie Stargell.
1987 - BBWAA: Catfish Hunter, Billy Williams. NL: Ray Dandridge.
1986 - BBWAA: Willie McCovey. VC: Bobby Doerr, Ernie Lombardi.
1985 - BBWAA: Lou Brock, Hoyt Wilhelm. VC: Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan.
1984 - BBWAA: Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, Harmon Killebrew. VC: Rick Ferrell, Pee Wee Reese.
1983 - BBWAA: Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson. VC: Walter Alston, George Kell.
1982 - BBWAA: Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson. VC: Happy Chandler, Travis Jackson.
1981 - BBWAA: Bob Gibson. VC: Rube Foster, Johny Mize.
1980 - BBWAA: Al Kaline, Duke Snider. VC: Chuck Klein, Tom Yawkey.
1979 - BBWAA: Willie Mays. VC: Warren Giles, Hack Wilson.
1978 - BBWAA: Eddie Mathews. VC: Addie Joss, Larry MacPhail.
1977 - BBWAA: Ernie Banks. VC: Al Lopez, Amos Rusie, Joe Sewell. NL: Martin DiHigo, Pop Lloyd.
1976 - BBWAA: Bob Lemon, Robin Roberts. VC: Roger Connor, Cal Hubbard, Fred Lindstrom. NL: Oscar Charleston.
1975 - BBWAA: Ralph Kiner. VC: Earl Averill, Bucky Harris, Billy Herman. NL: Judy Johnson.
1974 - BBWAA: Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle. VC: Jim Bottomley, Jocko Conlan, Sam Thompson. NL: Cool Papa Bell.
1973 - BBWAA: Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn. VC: Billy Evans, George Kelly, Mickey Welch. NL: Monte Irvin.
1972 - BBWAA: Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Early Wynn. VC: Lefty Gomez, Will Harridge, Ross Youngs. NL: Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard.
1971 - VC: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, George Weiss. NL: Satchel Paige.
1970 - BBWAA: Lou Boudreau. VC: Earle Combs, Ford Frick, Jesse Haines.
1969 - BBWAA: Roy Campanella, Stan Musial. VC: Stan Coveleski, Waite Hoyt.
1968 - BBWAA: Joe Medwick. VC: Kiki Cuyler, Goose Goslin.
1967 - BBWAA: Red Ruffing. VC: Branch Rickey, Lloyd Waner.
1966 - BBWAA: Ted Williams. VC: Casey Stengel.
1965 - VC: Pud Galvin.
1964 - BBWAA: Luke Appling. VC: Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Miller Huggins, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward.
1963 - VC: John Clarkson, Elmer Flick, Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey.
1962 - BBWAA: Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson. VC: Bill McKechnie, Edd Roush.
1961 - VC: Max Carey, Billy Hamilton.
1960 - None.
1959 - VC: Zack Wheat.
1958 - None.
1957 - VC: Sam Crawford, Joe McCarthy.
1956 - BBWAA: Joe Cronin, Hank Greenberg.
1955 - BBWAA: Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons, Dazzy Vance. VC: Home Run Baker, Ray Schalk.
1954 - BBWAA: Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, Bill Terry.
1953 - BBWAA: Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons. VC: Ed Barrow, Chief Bender, Tom Connolly, Bill Klem, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright.
1952 - None.
1951 - BBWAA: Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott, Harry Heilmann, Paul Waner.
1950 - None.
1949 - BBWAA: Charlie Gehringer. VC: Mordecai Three Finger Brown, Kid Nichols.
1948 - BBWAA: Herb Pennock, Pie Traynor.
1947 - BBWAA: Mickey Cochrane, Frankie Frisch, Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell.
1946 - VC: Jesse Burkett, Frank Chance, Jack Chesbro, Johnny Evers, Clark Griffith, Tommy McCarthy, Joe McGinnity, Eddie Plank, Joe Tinker, Rube Waddell, Ed Walsh.
1945 - VC: Roger Bresnahan, Dan Brouthers, Fred Clarke, Jimmy Collins, Ed Delahanty, Hugh Duffy, Hugh Jennings, King Kelly, Jim O'Rourke, Wilbert Robinson.
1944 - VC: Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
1943 - None.
1942 - BBWAA: Rogers Hornsby.
1941 - None.
1940 - None.
1939 - BBWAA: Eddie Collins, Lou Gehrig, Willie Keeler, George Sisler. VC: Cap Anson, Charles Comiskey, Candy Cummings, Buck Ewing, Hoss Radbourn, Albert Goodwill Spalding.
1938 - BBWAA: Grover Cleveland Alexander. VC: Alexander Joy Cartwright, Henry Chadwick.
1937 - BBWAA: Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Cy Young. VC: Morgan Bulkeley, Ban Johnson, Connie Mack, John McGraw, George Wright.
1936 - BBWAA: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner.