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Hall of Merit: Hall of Merit - the early years

Hi there folks!

Joe and I have a lot of work to do to get the Hall of Merit off the ground.

I think the biggest challenge before the first election is getting people familiar with the eligible players.

In principle, any player whose career finished before 1911 is eligible. Because we are dealing with 40 years of baseball I decided to break down the player lists into more managable parts: 1) those who last played in the bigs before 1891; 2) those not in the first group who last played before 1901; 3) and those remaining who last played before 1911.

I’ve made a list of the players who played in parts of at least 10 years and left the bigs before 1891, here it is:

name   last year games main positions
Wright, George 1882 591 ss 530 SS / 2b
McGeary, Mike 1882 547 2b 196 2B,SS,3B / c
Fulmer, Chick 1884 583 ss 430 SS / 2b,3b
Peters, John 1884 615 ss 557 SS / 2b
Ferguson, Bob 1884 824 3b 397 3B,2B /
Force, Davy 1886 1029 ss 716 SS / 2b,3b
Quest, Joe 1886 596 2b 528 2B / ss
Start, Joe 1886 1071 1b 1070 1B /
Sutton, Ezra 1888 1263 3b 880 3B / ss,2b,1b.rf.lf
Hankinson,Frank 1888 849 3b 764 3B / p, lf
Phillips, Bill 1888 1038 1b 1032 1B /
Farrell, Jack 1889 884 2b 740 2B / ss
Rowe, Jack 1890 1044 ss 657 SS / c,lf,cf,rf
Nelson, Candy 1890 817 ss 560 SS / 2b,rf,cf,3b
Williamson, Ned 1890 1201 3b 716 3B,SS / c,p
White ,Deacon 1890 1560 3b 827 3B,C / rf,1b,2b
Battin, Joe 1890 480 3b 340 3B / 2b
Morrill, John 1890 1265 1b 916 1B / 3b,2b,ss,c


name   last year games main positions
Remsen, Jack 1884 578 cf 515 CF / lf
Cuthbert, Ned 1884 452 lf 398 LF / cf
Eggler, Dave 1885 576 cf 561 CF /
York, Tom 1885 963 lf 651 LF / rf
Cassidy, John 1885 634 rf 411 RF / cf,p
Clinton, Jim 1886 426 cf 205 CF / lf,rf
Manning, Jack 1886 834 rf 672 RF / p,ss,1b
Pike, Lip 1887 425 cf 235 CF / rf,2b,ss
Jones, Charley 1888 894 lf 636 LF/ cf
Purcell,Blondie 1890 1097 lf 480 LF,RF / cf,p,3b
Sommer, Joe 1890 920 lf 567 LF / rf,3b,2b,ss
Hornung, Joe 1890 1123 lf 1051 LF / 1b
Dorgan, Mike 1890 715 rf 556 RF / lf
Shaffer, Orator 1890 871 rf 810 RF / cf,rf
Nicol, Hugh 1890 888 rf 802 RF / 2b,ss,cf

name   last year games main positions
Clapp, John 1883 588 c 472 C / lf,rf,cf
Allison, Doug 1883 318 c 279 C /
Bond, Tommy 1884 488 p 322 P / rf
White, Will 1886 403 p 403 P /
Mathews, Bobby 1887 623 p 578 P / rf
McCormick, Jim 1887 534 p 492 P / cf
Bradley, George 1888 567 p 347 P / 3b,ss
Gilligan,Barney 1888 523 c 459 C / ss,lf
Holbert, Bill 1888 623 c 538 C / rf
Flint, Silver 1889 760 c 727 C / rf
Whitney, Jim 1890 550 p 413 P / cf,rf,1b
Bushong, Doc 1890 672 c 667 C /

1) “games” is career games played, including in the National Association
2)“main” is the main position and the number of career games played at that position.
2) The “positions” syntax is as follows: the main position, plus any others that exceed 50% of the number played at the main position, are uppercase and followed by a slash(/). The positions following the slash are all others at which the player played at least 20 games, in descending order.

By no means does this include every quality player of the 1871-1890 era - for one thing, many of them played past 1890. I’ll feature them in upcoming lists.

 

Robert Dudek Posted: January 09, 2002 at 02:29 AM | 46 comment(s)
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