After two years of narrow misses, former Milwaukee Braves right-hander Lew Burdette garnered enough votes for induction to the Miller Park Walk of Fame, the Brewers announced Thursday.
Former Braves and Brewers players needed to appear on 75 percent of ballots from a group of Wisconsin reporters and club officials to gain election, and Burdette’s 25 votes gave him enough. Pitcher Teddy Higuera was the closest to election among former Brewers with 64 percent of the vote (21 ballots).
Other notable names approaching election were Brewers George Bamberger (61 percent of the vote) and Mike Caldwell (52 percent), and the Braves Johnny Logan (61 percent).
Burdette was a member of the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-63, and in the 1957 World Series he went 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA (two earned runs in 27 innings) to earn MVP honors. Overall with Milwaukee, Burdette went 179-120 with a 3.53 ERA. He led the National League with 21 wins in 1959 and his 2.70 ERA in 1956 also led the NL.
Six former Brewers players and two former Braves did not reach the necessary 5 percent of the vote to remain on the 2010 ballot. A total of 33 ballots were returned this year and there were 15 Braves and 30 Brewers on the ballot. The ballots included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons. All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5 percent of the ballots will remain eligible in 2011.
In 2007, the first year that former Milwaukee Braves players were on the ballot, the Brewers welcomed Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn to the Walk of Fame. Other past winners of the award include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, and Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; and Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005. No one was elected in 2006, 2008 or 2009.
The ceremony to induct Burdette into the Walk of Fame is set for Friday, June 11 at Miller Park.