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Hall of Merit: 1922 Ballot Discussion

 WS   W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died) 
496 176.4 1896  Nap Lajoie-2b (1959)
426 128.8 1901  Christy Mathewson-P (1925)
296  70.3 1903  Mordecai Brown-P (1948)
222  70.8 1904  Miller Huggins-2b (1929)
206  48.3 1905  Ed Reulbach-P (1961)
177  54.3 1907  Nap Rucker-P (1970)
158  30.9 1905  Solly Hofman-CF (1956)
138  34.6 1908  Chief Wilson-RF (1954)
120  31.9 1907  Otto Knabe-2b (1961)
135  28.8 1908  Doc Crandall-P (1951)
114  30.2 1906  Roy Hartzell-RF/3b (1961)
 91  14.4 1902  Red Dooin-C (1952)

Pretty strong entry class this year . . . let me know if there are any Negro League candidates, or anyone else that I may have missed. 1921 results should be up sometime tomorrow.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: March 09, 2004 at 08:13 AM | 225 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 50th Anniversary Team

Hey, as Ron Wargo said in the 1921 ballot discussion, this is the 50th anniversary of the forming of the NA, didn’t even realize it.

Since it will probably change after discussion, I’ll post mine in the discussion and not here, post yours and discuss!

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: March 07, 2004 at 09:46 AM | 17 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1921 Ballot

Here goes . . . 2 electees this year, and every year except 1923 between now and 1930. This is the beginning of a run where we’re going to do some of our most important work, I urge everyone to take another look at everything just to be sure.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: March 01, 2004 at 12:21 PM | 128 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1920 Results - Walsh elected in first try

Big Ed Walsh has been elected to the Hall of Merit in his first year of eligibility. While being far from unanimous (Walsh received 17 of 46 first place votes) Walsh easily outpointed the top returning vote-getting, Jimmy Collins (who finished 2nd) 822-687.

In a bit of a surprise, Charlie Bennett closed the gap on Collins from 80 to 37 points. Two players will be elected in 1921.

Newcomer Bobby Wallace edged Joe McGinnity for 4th place, 581-577. Jimmy Sheckard finished 6th, Frank Grant and Sam Thompson moved past Bob Caruthers into 7th & 8th place. Caruthers’ roller coaster ride continues. This year he fell off 3 ballots and lost 73 points (there was one fewer voter in the election, he received 35 votes last year, 31 this year). Hughie Jennings moved past Rube Waddell and Lip Pike into 10th place.

Also noteworthy is the leap made by Hugh Duffy, who jumped from 18th to 12th. He picked up 43 points despite there being one fewer voter, as he was named on 3 additional ballots.

RK   LY  Player             PTS Bal     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
 1  n/e  Ed Walsh           822  44    17  6  4  3  5  1  1     2  1  1  1     2
 2    3  Jimmy Collins      687  45     3  8  8  1  5  1  1  4  3  3  4  1  2  1
 3    4  Charlie Bennett    650  37.5  11  6  2  2  2  3  3  1  1  2     2  1  1  0.5
 4  n/e  Bobby Wallace      581  39.5   3  3  2  7  4  5  3  1  2  1  2  2     3  1.5
 5    5  Joe McGinnity      577  40     2  4  6  2  2  6  3  4  1  1  2  2  1  2  2
 6    6  Jimmy Sheckard     480  35        2  2  3  1  7  5  5  2  3  1  2     2
 7    8  Frank Grant        473  35        3  5  3  3  3  3  1  2  2  1  2  5  1  1
 8    9  Sam Thompson       438  33     1  4  2  1  5  1  3  4     1  1  4  1  1  4
 9    7  Bob Caruthers      422  31     4  2  4  2  2  1     1        3  4  3  2  3
10   12  Hughie Jennings    345  27        2  3  3  1  2  1  2  2  1  3  2  1  1  3
11   10  Rube Waddell       330  27           2  4  2  1  2  2  2  1  3  1  4  1  2
12   18  Hugh Duffy         300  23           1  3  3  2  1  4  2  3  1     1     2
13   11  Lip Pike           296  22     2  1  2  3        4        1  3  2  1  1  2
14   13  George Van Haltren 288  26              2  1  1  2  3  1  3  3  4  3  3
15   15  Jake Beckley       279  24        1     1  1  2  4  1  2  2  5     1     4
16   16  Dickey Pearce      272  19     2     1  2  4           2  4  4
17   14  Jimmy Ryan         255  23              1  1  1  2  1  4  4  1  2  5     1
18   17  Clark Griffith     229  23                 1     2  1  2  3  2  3  6  2  1
19  n/e  Bill Monroe        227  23.5            1  1        2  4  2  1  1  4  2  5.5
20   20  Cupid Childs       144  15        1                       5     3  1  5
21   19  Pete Browning      143  11        1  1        1  1  2  3        1        1
22   24  Vic Willis*         97  11                    1              2  3  1  3  1
23   21  Frank Chance        97   8                 2  1        2  1     1        1
24   23  Mickey Welch        94   7        2           1  1     1           1  1
25   22  Addie Joss          90   7                    2  1  1  2        1
26   25  Jim McCormick       70   8                       1     1     1        4  1
27   27  Charley Jones       66   5           1        1  1        1        1
28   29  John McGraw         58   5     1                    1                 3
29   32  Fielder Jones       44   5                             1     1     1  2
30   28  Ed Williamson       43   5                          1           1  1  1  1
31   30  Harry Wright        40   3              1           1        1
32   26  Sol White           38   3              1     1                          1
33   31  Lave Cross^         26   3                          1                 1  1
34   37  Tony Mullane        26   2.5                  1                    1     0.5
35   33  Herman Long         18   2                             1                 1
36   38T Jim Whitney         14   1                       1
37T  35  Tom York            13   1                          1
37T  38T Denny Lyons         13   1                          1
39   40  Levi Meyerle        12   1                             1
40   --  Mike Griffin        11   1                                1
41   41T Deacon Phillipe      9   1                                      1
42   36  Roy Thomas           7   1                                            1
43T  34  Mike Tiernan         6   1                                               1
43T  43  Cy Seymour           6   1                                               1
43T  46  Silver King          6   1                                               1
43T  --  Bobby Mathews        6   1                                               1
43T  --  Deacon McGuire       6   1                                               1
*won tie-breaker (9-7 on individual ballots), ^won tie-breaker (3-2.5 total votes)
Dropped Out: Jimmy Williams (41T), Fred Dunlap (44T), Harry Davis (44T).
Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 24, 2004 at 09:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1921 Ballot Discussion

We’ll place the new Negro League eligibility rules into effect this year (see the thread). Newcomers:

***1921 (March 7)?elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)
328 74.8 1899 Tommy Leach-CF/3b (1969)
258 65.6 1902 Joe Tinker-SS (1948)
255 56.4 1902 George Mullin-P (1944)
231 53.7 1901 Roger Bresnahan-C (1944)
163 39.1 1904 Hooks Wiltse-P (1959)
151 37.8 1904 Frank Smith-P (1952)
149 34.8 1904 Jim Delahanty-2b (1953)
138 34.1 1906 Frank LaPorte-2b (1939)
140 31.7 1906 Red Murray-RF (1958)
138 30.3 1905 Al Bridwell-SS (1969)
125 33.9 1910 Russ Ford-P (1960)
118 31.0 1902 Germany Schaefer-2b (1919)
126 25.1 1909 Steve Evans-RF (1943)
111 25.4 1904 George Stovall-1b (1951)
NEGRO LEAGUES Home Run Johnson

I see it as 3 borderline players (Leach, Tinker and Bresnahan) and one solid Negro League candidate. The job gets a little tougher this year . . .

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 23, 2004 at 12:01 PM | 298 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1920 Ballot

Only one gets in this year. Jimmy Collins, Charlie Bennett and Joe McGinnity are the top returning candidates, and they get a strong challenge from newcomers Bobby Wallace and Ed Walsh, as well as Negro Leaguer Bill Monroe.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: February 16, 2004 at 06:21 PM | 100 comment(s)
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