Baseball Hall of Fame: 10 Closest Calls Ever, Whether or Not They Should Be In

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Baseball Hall of Fame: 10 Closest Calls Ever, Whether or Not They Should Be In
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Among the many "close calls" Jim Rice was one of the closest.

In order for a player to be granted induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame he must get a minimum of 75 percent of the vote. 

Some players like Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Tony Gwynn, George Brett and others have coasted right into Cooperstown without much drama. They got well over 90 percent of the vote easily surpassing that minimum and leaving no doubt in the minds of fans or other members of the media that they were indeed worthy of their place in the Hall of Fame. 

For some other players it wasn't quite as simple. For some it was never a foregone conclusion that they would make the Hall and even when they did the margin above the 75 percent minimum was so close that their place in the Hall of Fame is still debated to this day. 

Who are these "close calls"? Do they inspire debate among baseball fans both young and old?

Here are the 10 players who surpassed the 75 percent minimum by the slimmest of margins.  

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