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Hall of Merit: Eddie Rommel

A very good pitcher who I personally don’t feel is HoM worthy, but you can prove me wrong if you want to. :-)

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 25, 2004 at 02:44 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1937 Ballot

The newly eligible with a decent chance to make some ballots this “year” are Wally Schang, Edd Roush, Cannonball Dick Redding and Chino Smith. However, I’ll put my money on returnees Harry Heilmann and Cristóbal Torriente leading the pack this “year.”

Other returnees include Heinie Groh, Stan Coveleski, Lip Pike, Jake Beckley, Max Carey and George Van Haltren.

Is this the end of…Rico?

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 18, 2004 at 01:54 PM | 93 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1936 Election Results: Alex the Great and Smokey Joe Strike Out Their Hall of Merit Competition!

With an almost unanimous 99.4% of the votes, star hurler Pete Alexander was elected to the Hall of Merit in his first year of eligibility.

In his third year of eligibility, Negro League pitching great Smokey Joe Williams finally broke through by being selected for the second “elect me” spot. Williams broke Pop Lloyd’s one-year record for achieving the highest percentage of votes without being the top vote getter (94.8%).

Newbie Harry Heilmann had an extremely strong third place showing and should be elected with Negro League slugger (and fourth place finisher) Cristóbal Torriente in 1937.

The remaining top-ten returnees were Heinie Groh, Stan Coveleski, Jake Beckley, Max Carey, Lip Pike and George Van Haltren.

RK   LY  Player               PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
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 1  n/e  Pete Alexander      1193   50  43  7                                       
 2    3  Smokey Joe Williams 1138   50   7 41     1                    1            
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 3  n/e  Harry Heilmann       835   50      1 17 21  2  1  5     1  1     1         
 4    4  Cristóbal Torriente  826   49        25 11  5  4  2        1  1            
 5    5  Heinie Groh          486   41            1  5  5  7  2  5  2  2  2  2  6  2
 6    6  Stan Coveleski       485   40            2  3  4  7  7  2  2  2  5  2  3  1
 7    7  Jake Beckley         360   28         1  3  2  5  5  1  1     2  6  1  1   
 8    9  Max Carey            338   30            3  4  3  1     2     4  4  3  4  2
 9    8  Lip Pike             334   26         2     7  1  2  2  3  3  2  1     1  2
10   13  George Van Haltren   279   25               3  3  2  3     2  3  3  2     4
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11   10  Rube Waddell         271   25               2  1  1  2  4  5  1  3  3  2  1
12   11  Hughie Jennings      271   23         2  1  1  3  1  2  2  2  1  1  3  4   
13   12  Clark Griffith       266   23               2  3  4  1  2  3  1  2  2  1  2
14  n/e  George Sisler        259   23      1        2  2     2  4  1  4  1  1  2  3
15   14  Mickey Welch         259   20         1  4  2  1  2  3     1  1     4     1
16   15  Pete Browning        235   18            1  4  4  2     1  1  2  1  1     1
17   16  Cupid Childs         219   21         1     1  1  2  2  1     2  3  2  5  1
18   17  Hugh Duffy           204   19            1     2  2  2  1  2     1  5  2  1
19   18  Roger Bresnahan      187   20                  2     2  1  1  4     3  2  5
20   19  Jimmy Ryan           186   17                  1  1  2  4  3  2  1     3   
21   21  Tommy Leach          164   16                        2  2  4  4     2  2   
22   20  José Méndez          136   13               1  1        2  3  1  2  1     2
23   22  Charley Jones        110    9            1  1  1        2  2  1           1
24   24  Bill Monroe           98   10                  1     3     1        1  1  3
25   23  Larry Doyle           91    8               1     1  2  1     1        1  1
26   25  Harry Hooper          87    9                     1  2     1     1  1  1  2
27   27  Ben Taylor            73    7                        2  1  1  1        2   
28   32  John McGraw           60    5         1                 1  2        1      
29T  31  Addie Joss            54    6                           1  1  1     1  1  1
29T  26  Carl Mays             54    6                              1  1  2  1  1   
31   29  Bobby Veach           49    5                           1  1     2  1      
32   28  Spotswood Poles       48    4               1        2                    1
33   33  Urban Shocker         45    6                                    1  3     2
34   37  Vic Willis            43    5                              1     2  1     1
35   30  Gavy Cravath          39    3                     1  1  1                  
36   35  Fielder Jones         38    4                           1  1        1  1   
37   34  Frank Chance          38    3               1           1     1            
38   38  George J. Burns       34    4                        1              1  1  1
39   39  Ed Williamson         33    4                                 1  1  1     1
40   36  Ed Cicotte            33    3                        1     1     1         
41   40  Lave Cross            27    2                  1        1                  
42   42T Wilbur Cooper         21    3                                    1        2
43  n/e  Dave Bancroft         19    3                                          1  2
44T  42T Fred Dunlap           19    2                           1              1   
44T  44T Ray Schalk            19    2                                 1  1         
46   47T Tommy Bond            14    1                     1                        
47   46  Donie Bush            13    1                        1                     
48   56T Mike Griffin          12    2                                             2
49T  47T Sam Leever            10    1                                 1            
49T  49T Tom York              10    1                                 1            
51   56T Jim McCormick          9    1                                    1         
52   53T Tony Mullane           7    1                                          1   
53T n/e  Dobie Moore            6    1                                             1
53T n/e  Roy Thomas             6    1                                             1
Dropped Out: Bingo DeMoss(44T), Duke Farrell(51T), Silver King(53T), Ed Konetchy(41), 
Bruce Petway(53T), Mike Tiernan(56T), Ross Youngs(49T), Jules Thomas (51T).

 

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 12, 2004 at 01:34 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Edd Roush

Ed and Eddie think he was pretty good, too.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 12, 2004 at 12:41 AM | 70 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Wally Schang

Gee Wally, why are acting so goofy?

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 12, 2004 at 12:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Battle of the Uber-Stat Systems (Win Shares vs. WARP)!

Don’t ever say that I never gave you anything! :-)

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 11, 2004 at 02:46 PM | 366 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Chino Smith

Does his career have enough value to overcome its brevity?

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 11, 2004 at 02:42 PM | 40 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Cannonball Dick Redding

I’m confident he wasn’t the pitcher of the magnitude of a Johnson, Alexander or Williams, but beyond that?

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 11, 2004 at 02:40 PM | 153 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1937 Ballot Discussion

Edd Roush, Wally Schang, Dick Redding and Chino Smith are the viable candidates this year. 

1937 (October 24)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

314 81.4 1914 Edd Roush-CF (1988)
245 76.9 1913 Wally Schang-C (1965)
177 42.8 1918 Bill Sherdel-P (1968)
148 36.2 1921 Bibb Falk-LF (1989)
136 31.0 1921 Pete Donohue-P (1988)
129 25.8 1921 Earl Sheely-1B (1952)
108 26.1 1921 Rip Collins-P (1968)
088 24.9 1918 Cy Perkins-C (1963)

1937 (October 24)—elect 2
HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star

80% 11-32 Dick Redding-P (1891) - 7 - 2*
28% 25-31 Chino Smith-OF (1903) 1903 #6 rf - 3.5 - 2*
16% 18-31 Edgar Wesley 1b (??) xx 1b - 0 - 6*
04% 23-31 Rats Henderson-P(1897)0 - 2*

Players Passing Away in 1936

Candidates
Age Eligible

84 1891 Tom York-LF
75 1904 Billy Shindle-3b
72 1912 Deacon McGuire-C
66 1913 Doc Casey-3B
63 1907 Ted Lewis-P
58 1914 Shad Barry-RF/1B
54 1925 Red Ames-P
52 1919 Lew Richie-P
44 1927 Braggo Roth-RF


Once again, thanks to Dan for all of the lists!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 11, 2004 at 02:14 PM | 105 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1936 Ballot

Newbie Pete Alexander appears to be the top candidate this year, while Smokey Joe Williams looks good for the second spot. Will newly eligible candidates Harry Heilmann, Dave Bancroft, or George Sisler spoil it for one of those two?

Other returnees include Cristóbal Torriente, Heinie Groh, Stan Coveleski, Lip Pike, Jake Beckley, Max Carey and Rube Waddell.

Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 04, 2004 at 01:53 PM | 167 comment(s)
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