And why was Bobby Richardson in THE Yankee Stadium Phone Booth HOF thingee and Horace Clarke not?!
Frank White and Bill Mazeroski had almost identical careers. Mazeroski is in the Baseball Hall of Fame while White is left out. The reason for Mazeroski being in the Hall of Fame can be traced back to a ball he hit on October 13, 1960 and handful of Hall of Fame voters.
...In 1996, White received 18 votes (the same number as Dan Quisenberry) for 3.8% of the vote. This amount was 6 votes shy of the number to continue onto the next year’s ballot. Any chances of White ending up in the Hall of Fame effectively ended that year.
In 1978, Mazeroski was the last player to make the 5% cutoff value to be eligible for consideration the next year with 6.1% of the vote. The player right below in the voting, Ken Boyer, was twice as good of player with 58 lifetime WAR and was the 1964 MVP.
...The BBWAA decided that Mazeroski’s achievements were not enough to get him voted into the Hall of Fame. The Veterans committee met in 2000 to vote and Mazeroski fell one vote short of being in the Hall of Fame. The next year, he got the extra vote and went into the Hall with Dave Winfield, Kirby Puckett and Hilton Smith.
The pair had similar careers, but Mazeroski had the luck of hitting a Game 7 World Series walk off home run. That single home run kept his Hall of Fame chances alive and that was all the luck that he needed.