Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2006
proceeded in keeping with rules enacted in 2001, augmented by a special election; the result was the largest class of inductees (18) in the Hall's history, including the first woman elected. The Baseball Writers Association of America
(BBWAA) held an election to select from among recent players. The Veterans Committee
did not hold an election; the 2001 rules changes provided that elections for players retired over 20 years would be held every other year, with elections of non-players (managers
and executives) held every fourth year. The Committee voted in 2005
on players who were active no later than 1983; there was no 2005 election for non-players. Elections in both categories were held in 2007
On July 26, 2005, the Hall announced that its Board of Directors had approved a special election to be held in 2006, by the Committee on African-American Baseball, of Negro leagues
and pre-Negro leagues candidates.
Induction ceremonies in Cooperstown
were held July 30 with Commissioner Bud Selig
The BBWAA election
The BBWAA was again authorized to elect players active in 1986 or later, but not after 2000; the ballot, announced on November 28, 2005, included candidates from the 2005 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 2000. All 10-year members of the BBWAA were eligible to vote.
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