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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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Hall of Merit: Tony Lazzeri

As a conversationalist, Lazzeri made “Silent Cal” Coolidge appear to be as loquacious as Mathew Lesko.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 07, 2005 at 03:31 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Heinie Manush

When you think about it, one would have to be a Manush type of guy to be named Heinie today. :-)

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 07, 2005 at 03:30 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1945 Ballot Discussion

Hall of Famers Heinie Manush and Tony Lazzeri lead the Class of ‘45. Will they both go in this election or will they be perennial returnees for decades to come?

1945 (February 13)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

285 67.5 1923 Heinie Manush-LF (1971)
252 76.7 1926 Tony Lazzeri-2B (1946)
203 55.1 1924 Earl Whitehill-P (1954)
183 50.6 1923 Ossie Bluege-3B (1985)
149 54.1 1928 Pinky Whitney-3B (1987)
139 37.6 1928 Carl Reynolds-RF/CF (1978)
128 37.7 1924 Luke Sewell-C (1987)
113 31.6 1928 Fred Frankhouse-P (1989)

1945 (February 13)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

12% 27-39 George Giles-1B (1909) #6 1b - 0 - 1*
12% 25-40 Webster McDonald-P (1900)0 - 0*
04% 27-39 Ted Trent-P (1903) 4 - 3*
00% 30-39 Harry Kincannon-P (??)0 - 0*

Players Passing Away in 1944
HoMers
Age Elected

None

Candidates
Age Eligible

85 1900 Tony Mullane-P
78 Kenesaw Mountain Landis
77 1905 Jouett Meekin-P
70 1917 Topsy Hartsel-LF
70 1918 Jack Powell-P
68 1917 Kid Elberfeld-SS
65 1921 Roger Bresnahan-C
63 1921 George Mullin-P
54 1926 Claude Hendrix-P
39 1944 Ed Brandt-P

For the great lists submitted by Dan and Chris, I thank them.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 07, 2005 at 03:16 AM | 211 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1944 Ballot

Lou Gehrig (unanimous?) and second-year candidate Frankie Frisch appear to be the early favorites this election, though Goose Goslin may surprise some of us by winning the second spot.

Other notable newbies include Wes Ferrell, Waite Hoyt and Kiki Cuyler.

Returnees include Willie Foster, John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, Jake Beckley, Joe Sewell and George Van Haltren.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 31, 2005 at 01:58 AM | 121 comment(s)
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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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