A closer with a submarine-style delivery, Quisenberry had 244 saves in his 12-year Major League career, 10 of them with Kansas City. He finished in the top five in Cy Young Award voting five times, made three All-Star teams and led the American League in saves in five seasons.
In 674 relief appearances, Quisenberry also had a 56-46 record and a 2.76 ERA. He died of cancer on Sept. 30, 1998.
Also nominated were players Davey Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Dave Parker and Ted Simmons, managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Billy Martin and Joe Torre, union executive Marvin Miller and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Any candidate who earns 75 percent of the ballots cast by the committee will be inducted at Cooperstown on July 27, 2014. The 16-member committee includes former Royals manager and Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog.
This is the second election by the Expansion Era committee which, in 2010, elected long-time executive Pat Gillick. This is Quisenberry's first appearance on the ballot, which considers candidates whose most significant impact was from 1973 through the present.
Quisenberry, with the Royals from 1979-88, was noted for his command, his unusual delivery and his quick wit. He earned 238 saves in his 573 games in a KC uniform. He was on the Royals' only two World Series teams in 1980 and 1985.
In his first turn on the general ballot by Hall of Fame electors in the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Quisenberry did not receive enough votes to remain on future ballots. He was elected to the Royals Hall of Fame in 1998.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.