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Hall of Merit: Kiki Cuyler

He won’t be near my ballot, but others may find him worthy of a vote.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 25, 2005 at 02:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1943 Ballot Results: The Hall of Merit Honors Oscar Charleston and Mickey Cochrane!

In his first year of eligibility, centerfield legend Oscar Charleston was elected almost unanimously with 99% of the vote. He is the tenth Negro Leaguer to enter the Hall of Merit.

In also his first year on the ballot, fiery catcher Mickey Cochrane gained the second most points to earn the second spot for induction. 

Two other newbies,star second baseman Frankie Frisch and Negro League pitching standout Willie Foster, showed considerable support from the electorate.“The Fordham Flash,” in particular, has an excellent shot for induction in 1944.

Rounding out the top ten were John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, Jake Beckley, Joe Sewell and George Van Haltren .

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 24, 2005 at 10:32 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Slim Jones

If he could have only stayed away from the booze…

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 24, 2005 at 04:19 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Goose Goslin

Duck…duck…duck…duck…duck…Goose!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 24, 2005 at 04:17 AM | 52 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Wes Ferrell

jonesy,  you have the floor! :-)

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 24, 2005 at 04:16 AM | 77 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1944 Ballot Discussion

Otto, schmotto! Lou! Lou! Lou! Lou! Lou! :-)

Goose wasn’t too bad himself, but I don’t think ‘44 is his “year.” I can’t see him going in before Larrupin’ Lou and the Fordham Flash.

Ferrell was a great player in his prime, but will it be enough to overcome a short career?

Cuyler and Hoyt go in the Very Good, But Not Good Enough category, IMO.

1944 (January 30)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

489 143.0 1925 Lou Gehrig-1B (1941)
355 95.9 1922 Goose Goslin-LF (1971)
292 88.0 1924 Kiki Cuyler-RF/CF (1950)
262 70.0 1919 Waite Hoyt-P (1984)
233 84.7 1929 Wes Ferrell-P (1976)
245 62.0 1918 Jimmy Dykes-3B/2B (1976)
194 65.1 1924 Red Lucas-P/PH (1986)
151 54.0 1928 Ed Brandt-P (1944)
167 43.0 1924 Guy Bush-P (1985)
155 45.9 1927 Woody English-SS (1997)
149 43.6 1929 John Stone-LF/RF (1955)
147 39.6 1931 Ripper Collins-1B (1970)
116 36.3 1928 Joe Stripp-3B (1989)
110 32.8 1927 Ethan Allen-CF (1993)
121 28.2 1928 Mule Haas-CF (1974)
102 26.1 1926 Wild Bill Hallahan-P (1981)

1944 (January 30)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

16% 32-38 Slim Jones-P(1913) 1 - 0*
00% 31-38 CharlieHughes-2b (??) 0 - 0*

Players Passing Away in 1943
HoMers
Age Elected

83 1913 Bid McPhee-2b
73 1921 Jimmy Collins-3b
71 1919 Joe Kelley-LF

Candidates
Age Eligible

85 1897 Art Whitney-3B
84 1891 Bob Emslie-P/Ump
74 1905 Frank Dwyer-P
73 1912 Mike Grady-C
72 1912 Heinie Peitz-C
66 1919 John Titus-RF
65 1917 Bill Bergen-C
58 1921 Steve Evans-RF
40 1943 Pat Malone-P

Thanks to Dan and Chris for the great lists!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 24, 2005 at 03:57 AM | 139 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Major League Equivalencies

This thread will be used for examining and analyzing MLE’s throughout baseball history.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 19, 2005 at 03:22 AM | 213 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1943 Ballot

Oscar Charleston, Mickey Cochrane and Frankie Frisch are the top contenders for induction this “year.” Bill Foster and Dick Lundy should have considerable support, as well.

Top returnees: Eppa Rixey, Joe Sewell, John Beckwith, Clark Griffith, George Van Haltren, Hughie Jennings,Tommy Leach and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 17, 2005 at 01:18 AM | 90 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mickey Cochrane

I love the picture on the cover of The New Bill James Historical Absract of Black Mike trying to tag Pepper Martin during the ‘34 World Series.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 11, 2005 at 01:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Frankie Frisch

Great player. Lousy voter.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 11, 2005 at 01:43 AM | 15 comment(s)
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