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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1947 Discussion

Baseball finally begins to integrate. The Yankees beat Brooklyn in the World Series.

The NY Cubans beat the Cleveland Buckeyes soundly in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		45.2		9.9
Ralph Kiner		29.5		8.3
Bob Elliott		29.1		6.7
Lou Boudreau		27.5		7.5
Johnny Mize		31.6		7.1
Vern Stephens		22.6		4.3
Harry Walker		24.3		6.1
Phil Rizzuto		25.5		4.1
Pee Wee Reese		26.6		6.2
Tommy Henrich		26.4		4.6
George McQuinn		24.0		4.4
Walker Cooper		23.1		5.3
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DL from MN Posted: September 10, 2018 at 01:16 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Results

Congratulations to Ted Williams, the unanimous MMP of 1946!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Ted Williams	105	7	7
Stan Musial	94	7	0
Hal Newhouser	88	7	0
Bob Feller	76	6	0
Hank Greenberg	68	7	0
Johnny Pesky	37	4	0
Dizzy Trout	33	4	0
Howie Pollet	32	4	0
Charlie Keller	32	4	0
Josh Gibson	25	2	0
Johnny Mize	25	3	0
Monte Irvin	22	2	0
Johnny Sain	17	2	0
Bobby Doerr	14	2	0
Mickey Vernon	14	2	0
Willard Brown	9	1	0
Eddie Stanky	8	1	0
Jackie Robinson	8	1	0
Pee Wee Reese	8	1	0
Leon Day	8	1	0
Spud ...
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DL from MN Posted: September 07, 2018 at 04:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: The Final Push

24 games to go.  Cubs still have 8 games left on this 23 straight day stretch, but only 2 more real road trips - DC this weekend and and Phoenix in a couple of weeks; the only other road games are today in Milwaukee and 3 at The Cell.  A 3 game lead is far from comfortable, especially after the way the last 2 games played out, but a win today and leaving with a 4 game lead with 23 left is still quite the enviable position. 

The Cubs went 18-10 in September, and are 10-4 in their last 14, but ...

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Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 05, 2018 at 10:27 AM | 346 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Ballot

For 1946 each voter should rank the top 10 players from all leagues combined.

Balloting is scheduled to close at 4pm EDT on 5 September 2018.

Anyone can vote, even if you do not normally participate in Hall of Merit discussions. If you have never participated in an MMP election, just post a preliminary ballot in the discussion thread by 4 Sept 2018.

For detailed rules see one of our previous ballots.

DL from MN Posted: August 28, 2018 at 05:12 PM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1945 Results

Congratulations to Hal Newhouser, the unanimous MMP in 1945.

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Hal Newhouser	90	6	6
Snuffy Stirnweiss	82	6	0
Tommy Holmes	71	6	0
Stan Hack	57	5	0
Roy Campanella	54	5	0
Phil Cavaretta	52	5	0
Eddie Lake	49	5	0
Jackie Robinson	32	4	0
Nels Potter	30	4	0
Roy Cullenbine	29	3	0
Vern Stephens	16	2	0
Dixie Walker	13	2	0
Steve Gromek	11	1	0
Wally Moses	9	1	0
Josh Gibson	8	1	0
Augie Galan	7	1	0
Hank Wyse	7	1	0
Goody Rosen	7	1	0
Roger Wolff	6	1	0
DL from MN Posted: August 08, 2018 at 03:09 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1946 Discussion

The war is over and Jackie Robinson tears up AAA.

The Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in Ted Williams’ only World Series.

The Newark Eagles with Monte Irvin and Larry Doby starring beat the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Ted Williams		50.6		10.9
Stan Musial		45.2		8.6
Johnny Pesky		35.6		6.5
Hank Greenberg		31.0		6.5
Eddie Stanky		27.3		5.8
Bobby Doerr		28.4		5.6
Charlie Keller		30.5		6.1
Pee Wee Reese		26.3		6.0
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DL from MN Posted: August 08, 2018 at 12:44 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sox Therapy: Extra Special

Boston won in extra innings in each of their last two games, which continues their dominance past the 9th inning. They have an overall .702 winning percentage, and if you applied that to their 11 extra inning games you’d get an expected 7.7 wins. In reality, they’ve actually won… 8.

Hmm. That’s not as interesting as I’d hoped. Instead, let’s take a stroll through those games. There are some good memories.

villageidiom Posted: August 08, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Gonfalon Cubs: The Third Third

Moses remarked that the Cubs under Maddon seem to be a second-half team, which is undeniable. 2015-17 they tallied 149-73, a .671 clip. The worst second-half record they posted in those three years was .662. Not happening so far this second-half—up 4-0 in the first against the Pirates as I type this, the Cubs are 6-7 so far in the second half. But this is against some tough competition: eight of those games against the Cardinals, four against the Diamondbacks, and one against the suddenly scary ...

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Andere Richtingen Posted: August 01, 2018 at 07:27 PM | 296 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1944 Results

Congratulations to Dizzy Trout, our 1944 Most Meritorious Player!

Player Name	pts	ballots	1sts
Dizzy Trout	103	7	6
Stan Musial	96	7	0
Snuffy Stirnweiss	86	7	1
Hal Newhouser	82	7	0
Lou Boudreau	62	6	0
Satchel Paige	41	4	0
Bob Johnson	39	5	0
Stan Spence	34	4	0
Bucky Walters	32	4	0
Vern Stephens	29	4	0
Bobby Doerr	26	3	0
Josh Gibson	24	2	0
Dixie Walker	16	2	0
Frank McCormick	11	1	0
Rip Sewell	10	1	0
Bill Nicholson	9	1	0
Buck Leonard	8	1	0
Ray Brown	8	1	0
Johnny Hopp	7	1	0
Augie Galan	6	1	0
Mort ...
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DL from MN Posted: July 03, 2018 at 03:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Most Meritorious Player: 1945 Discussion

Last year of wartime baseball, some players like Greenberg have found their way back to the majors.

The Tigers beat the Cubs in 7 games in the World Series.

The Cleveland Buckeyes swept the Homestead Grays in the Negro World Series.

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Player			SH WS		BBR WAR
Snuffy Stirnweiss	34.7		8.7
Stan Hack		33.4		6.0
Tommy Holmes		31.3		8.0
Eddie Lake		26.8		6.8
Phil Cavarretta		29.5		6.0
Roy Cullenbine		30.4		5.5
Vern Stephens		29.1		5.4
Eddie Stanky		26.1		5.0
Whitey ...
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DL from MN Posted: June 27, 2018 at 10:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
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