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Hall of Merit: 1945 Ballot Results: The Goose and Big Bill are Certified as Hall of Merit Inductees!

With a record 68 candidates who earned at least one vote on one of our 52 ballots, Senators and Tigers slugger Goose Goslin pushed through the crowd fairly easily to claim the top spot for induction into the Hall of Merit in his second year of eligibility. 

In his third year as a candidate, lefty pitching great Willie Foster earned the second spot for immortality. He becomes the eleventh Negro Leaguer to claim that distinction (his half-brother Rube Foster was elected in 1932).

Rounding out the top ten were John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, Hughie Jennings, Wes Ferrell, Joe Sewell, George Sisler and George Van Haltren.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 21, 2005 at 03:43 PM | 70 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Al Simmons

Al Simmons

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 19, 2005 at 05:29 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Earl Averill

Earl Averill

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 18, 2005 at 02:09 AM | 35 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Wally Berger

Wally Berger

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 18, 2005 at 02:08 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Dizzy Dean

Dizzy Dean

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 18, 2005 at 02:06 AM | 61 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Newt Allen

Newt Allen

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 18, 2005 at 02:06 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Mule Suttles

Mule Suttles

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 18, 2005 at 02:04 AM | 95 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Turkey Stearnes

Turkey Stearnes

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 18, 2005 at 02:01 AM | 78 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1945 Ballot

From many comments on the discussion thread, there appears to be a consensus that Goose Goslin and Willie Foster will be the next HoM selections. Kind of hard to dispute that. But maybe newbies Tony Lazzeri and Heinie Manush, or possibly another backlogger, will fool us.

Returnees include: John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, Wes Ferrell, George Van Haltren and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 14, 2005 at 02:54 AM | 179 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1944 Ballot Results: The Hall of Merits Says Yes to “The Iron Horse” and “The Fordham Flash!”

By unanimous vote (the fifth inductee to win that distinction), the Yankees’ tragic hero Lou Gehrig was inducted in his first year of eligibility.

In his second year of eligibility, second baseman great Frankie Frisch received the second most votes to win the second spot on the ballot and immortality.

First-year candidate Goose Goslin made a very strong showing and looks ready for induction himself in ‘45. Pitching star Wes Ferrell also made the top-ten as a newbie candidate.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Bill Foster (possibly in ‘45?), John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, George Van Haltren and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 07, 2005 at 10:28 PM | 14 comment(s)
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