NEW YORK - The first manager of the Kansas City Royals is voted into the Hall of Fame.
Former second baseman Joe Gordon was elected to the Hall of Fame
by the Veterans Committee today, while another panel shut out the likes of Joe Torre, Ron Santo and Gil Hodges.
Gordon was a nine-time All-Star and five-time World Series winner with the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. He was the first manager of the Kansas City Royals, hired in 1969 and staying just one season. Kansas City finished 69-93.
But a panel made up of the living 64 Hall of Famers failed to pick anyone who began their careers after World War II. It took 75 percent for election and no one came close -- Santo got 61 percent, followed by Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Hodges and Torre.