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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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Hall of Merit: Willie Foster

I’m looking forward to see what the numbers say about him.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 11, 2005 at 01:41 AM | 63 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1942 Results: Hall of Merit Voters Were “Dazzled” by Vance; “Memphis Bill” Also Left an Impression!

With a record 65 candidates who earned a spot on a ballot, 1920’s strikeout king Dazzy Vance placed first for induction to the Hall of Merit in his second year of eligibility.

In his first year as a candidate, New York Giants’ star Bill Terry gained admission to the HOM by winning enough votes for the second spot.

Eppa Rixey was a very close third, while John Beckwith made a huge jump in the rankings by moving from last year’s #13 to this year’s #5.

Rounding out the top ten were: Clark Griffith, Joe Sewell, George Van Haltren (back in the top ten), Tommy Leach, Hughie Jennings and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2005 at 11:14 PM | 89 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Dick Lundy

Since I can’t come up with anything whimsical like my Cary Grant and Felix Unger allusions for Judy Johnson and Oscar Charleston, I’ll just say that Lundy was a hellacious shortstop and hope that we give him the proper credit he deserves.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2005 at 10:57 PM | 190 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Oscar Charleston

Oscar, Oscar, Oscar…

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2005 at 10:56 PM | 154 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Judy Johnson

Judy! Judy! Judy!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2005 at 10:55 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1943 Ballot Discussion

A little better crop this time than what we had in ‘42, don’t you think? :-) Oscar Charleston and Mickey Cochrane are my picks to join the HOM this “year,” though Frankie Frisch and Bill Foster should have sizeable support.  Judy Johnson and Dick Lundy are a couple of quality Negro Leaguers that we need to take a good look at.

Jesse Haines and Chick Hafey? Two more of “Frankie’s Boys” that we can ignore. Cool!

1943 (January 16)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

366 114.2 1919 Frankie Frisch-2B (1973)
275 88.3 1925 Mickey Cochrane-C (1962)
258 64.9 1922 Jim Bottomley-1B (1959)
232 68.3 1926 Babe Herman-RF (1987)
207 48.4 1920 Jesse Haines-P (1978)
186 52.9 1925 Chick Hafey-LF (1973)
173 43.3 1923 Rube Walberg-P (1978)
145 45.8 1923 Bob Smith-P/SS (1987)
134 38.3 1928 Pat Malone-P (1943)
135 37.0 1926 Tommy Thomas-P (1988)
124 38.4 1923 Jimmie Wilson-C (1947)
126 31.5 1927 Fred Schulte-CF (1983)
122 31.9 1929 Roy Johnson-LF/RF (1973)
111 35.7 1927 Shanty Hogan-C (1967)
103 31.4 1925 Lloyd Brown-P (1974)
094 34.1 1928 Ben Cantwell-P (1962)
094 25.5 1928 Vic Sorrell-P (1972)

1943 (January 16)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

HF 15-41 Oscar Charleston-CF/1B (1896) #1 cf - 9.5 - 13
HF 23-37 Bill Foster-P 6 - 5
HF 21-37 Judy Johnson-3B (1900)#2 3b 0 - 5*
96% 16-37 Dick Lundy-SS (1898) #3 ss - 2 - 7*
36% 22-37 Rap Dixon-RF (1902) #9 rf - 0 - 4*
16% 20-40 Fats Jenkins-OF (1898)#8 cf - 1 - 4*
00% 23-37 William Bell-P (??) 1 - 1*
00% 21-37 Paul Stephens-SS (1900) #8 ss - 0 - 0*
00% 25-37 Eddie Dwight-CF (1925-37) #10 cf - 0 - 1*

Players Passing Away in 1942
HoMers
Age Elected

71 1904 Amos Rusie-P
51 1932 Louis Santop-C

Candidates
Age Eligible

82 1899 Henry Larkin-1B
58 1924 Bob Bescher-LF
54 1926 Bill Rariden-C

Props to Dan and Chris for supplying the lists!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2005 at 10:35 PM | 146 comment(s)
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