Baseball Hall of Fame misses

Test your knowledge of these non-active, HOF-eligible players with legitimate yet snubbed claims to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hint: None of the answers have been credibly accused of steroid use, and all of them played in the modern era (1950+).
Those would be HOFers who have been credibly accused of steroid use include: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Gary Sheffield, Manny Ramirez, Rafael Palmeiro and Jason Giambi (each would arguably be in the HOF otherwise)
UPDATED for 2020!
(several of the former answers have since gotten in!)
Quiz by mlisman
Last updated: May 18, 2022
First submittedAugust 6, 2015
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Besides Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro, this is the only other guy in the top 25 all time list of "at-bats" that is not in the HOF, and the same player also has the most career hits (2877) of any eligible, non-PED using, non-HOFer... Oh, and he won 11 gold gloves as a SS - just 2 less than Ozzie Smith for second most at the position.
Omar Vizquel
This porn-stached second baseman is the only HOF-eligible, non-steroid tainted player to have the highest career Home Run total for his position (377) and not ultimately land in the HOF. He also won an MVP award.
Jeff Kent
Besides Roger Clemens, this pitcher has the most career strikeouts and the highest pitching WAR of anyone not in the Hall of Fame. Vocally supporting Donald Trump probably did not help his chances.
Curt Schilling
Besides Barry Bonds, which TWO players are the only players in baseball history to win back-to-back MVP awards and NOT ultimately be elected to the HOF?
Roger Maris
(see above, 2nd name)
Dale Murphy
Who are the only THREE pitchers in baseball history to record 4 straight 20 win seasons in a row, and not later be elected to the HOF? (first hint: 1971-1974)
Wilbur Wood
(see above, 2nd name... hint: 1968-1971)
Dave McNally
(see above, 3rd name... hint: 1987-1990)
Dave Stewart
By the time he was 25 years old, this pitcher had amassed 92 wins, 2 Cy Young awards and a World Series MVP. He would later end up setting the record for most games missed on the disabled list over a career, and didn't make it past his first ballot on the HOF voting.
Bret Saberhagen
Known as "the Senator" for his politeness, he won 2 MVP awards in the All-Star Game and 2 NLCS MVPs, plus the regular season NL MVP in 1978. A 10-time All-Star, he had four Gold Gloves, a .294 lifetime average, and a .338 postseason mark (in 11 series). He also had 2,599 hits, good for 88th all time.
Steve Garvey
After Pete Rose and A-Rod, this leadoff hitter scored more runs than anybody not enshrined in the hall of fame and fell just short of the 3000 hit club over an 18 year career with 2 Worlds series wins that he argues would have lasted longer if he had used PEDs.
Johnny Damon
Which player has the most career Home Runs (493) of all players NOT in the HOF, and not PED-tainted?
Fred McGriff
This catcher from the '60s and '70s was selected to the most All-Star games of all non-tainted, non-HOF players, at 11 total AS games. He later became a well-known college coach. Who is he?
Bill Freehan
Besides Roger Clemens, which modern-era player with a name known in medical circles has the most career wins (288) without ever having been elected to the Hall of Fame?
Tommy John
With 8 All-Star games and 2 World Series titles under his belt, this player hit more home runs in the 1950s (310) than any player not named Duke Snider. He nabbed 60% of the HOF vote in his final year of eligibility.
Gil Hodges
Along with HOFers Greg Maddux and Brooks Robinson, this pitcher that has never been voted into the HOF shares the record for most career golden glove awards (at any position) ever with 16. He also amassed 283 wins over a 25 year career.
Jim Kaat
With 473 homers and over 1500 RBIs, this drug-free player finished in the top-five AL MVP voting 4 times in his career, as well as ranks 39th all time in OPS (right between A-Rod and Hank Aaron). Who is he?
Carlos Delgado
Arguably the game's best hitter for the better part of the 1980s, this player finished top 10 in the MVP voting 4 times in a row (snagging his first in 1985, and controversially being voted second to Roger Clemens in 1986) but had his career cut short after battling a nagging back injury.
Don Mattingly
This "sweet" second baseman ranks 51st all time among position players with a combined career W.A.R. of 75.1, the highest of any eligible position player not in the HOF and not tainted with PED use.
Lou Whitaker
From 2003 to 2008, this pitcher was arguably the best in the game; in that 6 year period, he won 2 Cy Young awards (as well as finished 7th, 5th and 3rd twice), leading the league in Ks three times in a row, along with 3 ERA titles.
Johan Santana
This bespectacled pitcher is the only player to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards and not ultimately get elected to the HOF (Tim "the Freak" Lincecum will one day join him on this list). He also won an MVP award in 1968 when he finished the season with a 31-6 record, the last time a pitcher won 30 or more.
Dennis McLain
Level 60
Aug 7, 2015
Great quiz, but Stewart doesn't work
Level 44
Aug 11, 2015
should work now
Level 48
Apr 21, 2016
Good quiz! Maybe could use another minute or so...a lot to read. Really gets ya thinking hard!
Level 55
Feb 14, 2019
This quiz needs an update. Mike Mussina and Harold Baines have been voted in. If you would like some earlier-era players who should merit stronger consideration, try Bob Carruthers and George Van Haltren.
Level 44
May 12, 2020
updated! I wanted to focus on modern era players, but thanks - those are worthy near miss candidates.