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It's Official: Sandberg Elected to Hall

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jan 4, 2005 7:31PM

Sandberg JerseyFormer Cubs 2nd baseman Ryne Sandberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today, in his third year of eligibility. He received a total of 393 votes, a slim six vote margin over the 387 necessary to reach the 75% threshhold.

Playing for the Cubs from 1982-1997, Sandberg was a 10-time All-Star and winner of nine consecutive Gold Gloves from 1983-1991. he also holds the record for homeruns by a second baseman.

Joining Sandberg in the HOF this year will be Wade Boggs, the former Red Sox and Yankees 3rd baseman. Boggs batted .328 over an 18 year career, winning 4 batting titles in the 1980's.

Both players saw a number of former teammates left out of the Hall once again, among them Bruce Sutter, Andre Dawson, Rich Gossage
and Jim Rice. Chicagoist would have voted all four of them in if we had a vote. Alas, we're still waiting to be invited to join the Baseball Writers' Association of America electors so we can cast a real ballot. According to their rules, Chicagoist is hoping to vote the 2014 ballot.