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Hall of Merit: 1944 Ballot Discussion

Otto, schmotto! Lou! Lou! Lou! Lou! Lou! :-)

Goose wasn’t too bad himself, but I don’t think ‘44 is his “year.” I can’t see him going in before Larrupin’ Lou and the Fordham Flash.

Ferrell was a great player in his prime, but will it be enough to overcome a short career?

Cuyler and Hoyt go in the Very Good, But Not Good Enough category, IMO.

1944 (January 30)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

489 143.0 1925 Lou Gehrig-1B (1941)
355 95.9 1922 Goose Goslin-LF (1971)
292 88.0 1924 Kiki Cuyler-RF/CF (1950)
262 70.0 1919 Waite Hoyt-P (1984)
233 84.7 1929 Wes Ferrell-P (1976)
245 62.0 1918 Jimmy Dykes-3B/2B (1976)
194 65.1 1924 Red Lucas-P/PH (1986)
151 54.0 1928 Ed Brandt-P (1944)
167 43.0 1924 Guy Bush-P (1985)
155 45.9 1927 Woody English-SS (1997)
149 43.6 1929 John Stone-LF/RF (1955)
147 39.6 1931 Ripper Collins-1B (1970)
116 36.3 1928 Joe Stripp-3B (1989)
110 32.8 1927 Ethan Allen-CF (1993)
121 28.2 1928 Mule Haas-CF (1974)
102 26.1 1926 Wild Bill Hallahan-P (1981)

1944 (January 30)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

16% 32-38 Slim Jones-P(1913) 1 - 0*
00% 31-38 CharlieHughes-2b (??) 0 - 0*

Players Passing Away in 1943
HoMers
Age Elected

83 1913 Bid McPhee-2b
73 1921 Jimmy Collins-3b
71 1919 Joe Kelley-LF

Candidates
Age Eligible

85 1897 Art Whitney-3B
84 1891 Bob Emslie-P/Ump
74 1905 Frank Dwyer-P
73 1912 Mike Grady-C
72 1912 Heinie Peitz-C
66 1919 John Titus-RF
65 1917 Bill Bergen-C
58 1921 Steve Evans-RF
40 1943 Pat Malone-P

Thanks to Dan and Chris for the great lists!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 24, 2005 at 03:57 AM | 139 comment(s)
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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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