After missing the Hall of Fame by 39 votes last year, Craig Biggio, who played for the Houston Astros, missed the Hall of Fame by two votes this year.
Biggio appeared on 74.8 percent of the ballots of the voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, short of the 75 percent needed to get elected. Teammate Jeff Bagwell appeared on 54.3 percent of the ballots, which is a drop from the 59.6 he received last year in his third time on the ballot.
Biggio missed the 75 percent cutoff point of 429 by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Traynor was elected in 1948. Fox was in his last year on the ballot and was subsequently elected by the Veterans Committee in 1997.
The BBWAA elected former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, all of whom will be inducted July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.