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Hall of Merit: Gavvy Cravath

“Cactus Gavvy” gets his own page. Go to town, Phillybooster!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2004 at 01:36 AM | 293 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Buzz Arlett

An interesting career that deserves some scrutiny from us. That’s the Buzz that I’ve been hearing, anyway.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2004 at 01:30 AM | 174 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1941 Ballot Results: The Babe and the Rajah Belt Their Way Into the Hall of Merit!

In his first year of eligibility, Babe Ruth (who many think is the greatest player of all-time)  became the fourth unanimous selection in HoM history (Cy Young, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson being the other three).

In also his first year of eligibility, second base legend Rogers Hornsby earned the most points (1,196) and highest percentage of votes (95.83%) of any second-place finisher up to this point to win the second slot for induction this “year.”

The combined point total of both inductees (2.491) is a new HoM record for a two-inductee “year,” too.

Newbie Dazzy Vance seems certain of induction next “year” with his strong third-place showing.

Rounding out the top-ten returnees are: Eppa Rixey, Joe Sewell, Clark Griffith, Tommy Leach, George Sisler, Hughie Jennings and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 21, 2004 at 12:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2005 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot

There will be a two weeks worth of discussion, then a ballot thread will be posted (Jan. 3).

The complete ballot (in alphabetical order): Jim Abbott, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, Tom Candiotti, Dave Concepcion, Chili Davis, Andre Dawson, Steve Garvey, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tommy John, Mark Langston, Don Mattingly, Jack McDowell, Willie McGee, Jeff Montgomery, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Otis Nixon, Dave Parker, Tony Phillips, Jim Rice, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Terry Steinbach, Darryl Strawberry, Bruce Sutter, Alan Trammell.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 08:40 PM | 76 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: George J. Burns

The outfielder, not the first baseman that hits cleanup for my DMB team.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:28 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Frank Chance

Hey Frank, that was using your head!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Fielder Jones

That was his real name, by cracky!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Wilbur Cooper

One of those borderline cases, Cooper was a good one.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:23 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1942 Ballot Discussion

The ballot thread will be posted one week later than normal (Jan.3).

Bill Terry is the only position player this “year” that should make any impact on our ballots. As for pitchers, Firpo Marberry had a unique enough career that he may show some considerable strength as a candidate.

1942 (January 2)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

278 83.8 1924 Bill Terry-1B (1989)
205 64.2 1919 Tom Zachary-P (1969)
196 52.1 1921 Bing Miller-RF (1966)
211 56.6 1923 Travis Jackson-SS (1987)
177 52.2 1924 Firpo Marberry-RP (1976)
193 54.1 1924 Fred Lindstrom-3B/CF (1981)
198 38.0 1918 Charlie Grimm-1B (1983)
156 42.3 1926 Alvin “General” Crowder-P (1972)
130 42.9 1927 Watty Clark-P (1972)
122 29.8 1928 George Earnshaw-P (1976)
114 34.8 1928 George Blaeholder-P (1947)
096 26.3 1928 Bill Walker-P (1966)
095 25.2 1930 George Watkins-RF (1970)
103 20.6 1926 Mark Koenig-SS (1993)
092 34.5 1928 Ray Benge-P (1997)
016 03.8 1931 Buzz Arlett-RF (1964)

1942 (January 2)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ - MVP - All-Star

04% 21-36 Sam Streeter-P (1900)1 – 0*
00% 20-36 Bill Riggins-SS (??) #5 SS - 0 – 0*
00% 20-38 Clint Thomas-CF (1896) #6 cf - 0 - 3
00% 16-36 Chaney White-OF (??) #7 cf- 0 - 2*
00% 20-36 Ed “Huck” Rile-P/1B (??) #8 1b - 1 - 0*

Players Passing Away in 1941
HoMers
Age Elected

None

Candidates
Age Eligible

84 1890 Tommy Bond-P
82 1897 Mickey Welch-P
76 1904 Jack Clements-C
75 1904 Bill Joyce-3b
65 1915 Frank Isbell-1B
58 1929 Bruce Petway-C
51 1931 Howie Shanks-LF/3b
50 1931 Ivy Wingo-C
45 1941 Andy Cooper-P

Upcoming Candidate
37 1944 Lou Gehrig-1B

My favorite ballplayer of all-time, it always pains me to read this even though he died 24 years before I was even born.

Much obliged to Dan G and Chris Cobb for the lists again!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 01:36 AM | 266 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Firpo Marberry

Better in his own profession than his famous pugilist namesake ever was, but does that make him a HoMer?

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 17, 2004 at 04:46 PM | 25 comment(s)
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