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Hall of Merit: 1955 Ballot

Prominent newbies include: Buck Leonard, Ray Brown and Dixie Walker.

Returnees include: Mule Suttles, John Beckwith, Billy Herman, Joe Medwick, Red Ruffing, Stan Hack, Wes Ferrell and Hughie Jennings.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 04, 2005 at 01:25 PM | 94 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1954 Results: Shortstops Vaughan and Wells are the Newest Hall of Merit Picks!

In his first year of eligibility, Pittsburgh Pirate great Arky Vaughan was elected to the Hall of Merit with a robust 98% of all possible points.

In his second year on a ballot, legendary shortstop Willie Wells became the second HoM inductee with 78% of all possible points. He becomes the sixteenth Negro Leaguer to achieve the honor.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Mule Suttles, John Beckwith, Billy Herman, Joe Medwick (his first year of eligibility), Red Ruffing, Stan Hack, Wes Ferrell and Hughie Jennings.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 27, 2005 at 05:59 PM | 58 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1955 Ballot Discussion

1955 (July 3)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

278 73.8 1933 Dixie Walker-RF (1982)
263 77.0 1934 Augie Galan-LF (1993)
217 65.1 1938 Jeff Heath-LF (1975)
180 64.4 1933 Schoolboy Rowe-P (1961)
185 59.0 1935 Elbie Fletcher-1B (1994)
179 51.5 1936 Buddy Lewis-3B/RF (living)
169 44.5 1940 Stan Spence-CF (1983)
139 49.9 1938 Rip Sewell-P (1989)
145 45.2 1936 Harry Gumbert-P (1995)
138 42.0 1942 Whitey Kurowski-3B (1999)
110 41.1 1938 Nels Potter-P (1990)
113 38.5 1941 Tex Hughson-P (1993)
118 36.7 1940 Tiny Bonham-P (1949)
123 33.9 1938 Taffy Wright-RF (1981)
101 32.9 1940 Wally Judnich-CF (1971)
102 29.3 1940 Frank Gustine-2B/3B (1991)
080 31.0 1939 Mike Tresh-C (1966)
081 26.1 1939 Hugh Casey-RP (1951)

1955 (July 3)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

HF 33-53 Buck Leonard-1B (1907) #1 1b - 4 - 7*
64% 30-53 Ray Brown-P (1908) 5 - 2*
00% 37-49 Eugene Benson-CF (1913) #5 lf – 1 - 0*
00% 40-49 Booker McDaniel-P (1912) 2 - 2*
00% 40-49 Tommy Sampson-2B (1914)0 - 1*

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 27, 2005 at 05:33 PM | 156 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Dixie Walker

Dixie Walker

Eligible in 1955.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2005 at 07:32 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1954 Ballot

Big names among the newly eligible include Arky Vaughan, Joe Medwick, Bucky Walters and Hilton Smith.

Top-ten returnees include Willie Wells, Mule Suttles, John Beckwith, Billy Herman, Red Ruffing, Stan Hack, Earl Averill and Eppa Rixey.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 20, 2005 at 02:10 PM | 82 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1954 Ballot Discussion

1954 (June 19)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

356 119.5 1932 Arky Vaughan-SS (1952)
312 94.5 1933 Joe Medwick-LF (1975)
251 87.1 1933 Bucky Walters-P (1991)
208 64.5 1933 Lonny Frey-2B (living)
214 56.3 1937 Rudy York-1B (1970)
202 57.2 1938 Frank McCormick-1B (1982)
165 52.5 1934 Thornton Lee-P (1997)
173 50.0 1936 George McQuinn-1B (1978)
152 49.2 1935 Terry Moore-CF (1995)
140 49.5 1934 Fritz Ostermueller-P (1957)
122 42.7 1936 Denny Galehouse-P (1998)

1954 (June 19)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

HF 32-48 Hilton Smith-P (1912) 6 - 1*
00% 37-48 Ted Strong-RF (1917) #3 rf - 0 - 0
00% 32-48 Joe Greene-C (1911) #8 c - 1 - 2*
00% 36-52 Neil Robinson-OF (1908) 0 - 5*
00% 40-52 Archie Ware-1B (1918)0 - 3*
00% 26-51 Pancho Coimbre-OF (1909) 0 - 2*
00% 36-48 Eugene Bremmer-P (1915) 0 - 2*

 

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 13, 2005 at 10:17 PM | 158 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1953 Results: WWII Vets Dickey and Greenberg are Welcomed into the Hall of Merit!

In his second year of eligibility, legendary backstop Bill Dickey claimed a robust 91% of the possible votes to become the first man elected this “year.”

In his first year of eligibility, Tiger slugger Hank Greenberg earned 89% of the possible votes to also win induction into the HoM.

Long-time Negro League shortstop Willie Wells had a fine showing in his first year of eligibility and will certainly be a HoMer in a year or two.

Rounding out the top ten were: Mules Suttles, John Beckwith, Billy Herman*, Red Ruffing*, Stan Hack*, Earl Averill and Eppa Rixey.

* newbies

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 13, 2005 at 06:33 PM | 15 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Bucky Walters

Bucky Walters

Eligible in 1954.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 12, 2005 at 09:02 PM | 20 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Joe Medwick

Joe Medwick

Eligible in 1954.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 12, 2005 at 09:01 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Arky Vaughan

Arky Vaughan

Eligible in 1954.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 12, 2005 at 08:59 PM | 40 comment(s)
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