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Hall of Merit: Addie Joss

Durability aside, there weren’t too many pitchers greater than him.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2004 at 09:23 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Urban Shocker

The question: can the Hall of Merit hold two pitchers with the proper name of Urban?

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2004 at 01:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Gavvy Cravath

“Cactus Gavvy” gets his own page. Go to town, Phillybooster!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2004 at 01:36 AM | 293 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Buzz Arlett

An interesting career that deserves some scrutiny from us. That’s the Buzz that I’ve been hearing, anyway.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 22, 2004 at 01:30 AM | 174 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 1941 Ballot Results: The Babe and the Rajah Belt Their Way Into the Hall of Merit!

In his first year of eligibility, Babe Ruth (who many think is the greatest player of all-time)  became the fourth unanimous selection in HoM history (Cy Young, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson being the other three).

In also his first year of eligibility, second base legend Rogers Hornsby earned the most points (1,196) and highest percentage of votes (95.83%) of any second-place finisher up to this point to win the second slot for induction this “year.”

The combined point total of both inductees (2.491) is a new HoM record for a two-inductee “year,” too.

Newbie Dazzy Vance seems certain of induction next “year” with his strong third-place showing.

Rounding out the top-ten returnees are: Eppa Rixey, Joe Sewell, Clark Griffith, Tommy Leach, George Sisler, Hughie Jennings and Jake Beckley.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 21, 2004 at 12:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: 2005 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot

There will be a two weeks worth of discussion, then a ballot thread will be posted (Jan. 3).

The complete ballot (in alphabetical order): Jim Abbott, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, Tom Candiotti, Dave Concepcion, Chili Davis, Andre Dawson, Steve Garvey, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Tommy John, Mark Langston, Don Mattingly, Jack McDowell, Willie McGee, Jeff Montgomery, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Otis Nixon, Dave Parker, Tony Phillips, Jim Rice, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Terry Steinbach, Darryl Strawberry, Bruce Sutter, Alan Trammell.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 08:40 PM | 76 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: George J. Burns

The outfielder, not the first baseman that hits cleanup for my DMB team.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:28 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Frank Chance

Hey Frank, that was using your head!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Fielder Jones

That was his real name, by cracky!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:25 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Hall of Merit: Wilbur Cooper

One of those borderline cases, Cooper was a good one.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2004 at 05:23 PM | 12 comment(s)
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