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Hall of Merit: 1934 Election Results: “The Georgia Peach” Steals HoM Standing Up; “The Grey Eagle” Swoops in, Too!
With a record 56 ballots submitted this year, batting legend Ty Cobb easily won the first spot for induction into the Hall of Merit in his first year of eligibility. Competing against the greatest array of first-year talent ever seen, Cobb fought them off as if they were opponents on the field and recorded the highest point total ever (1,334).
Facing a tough battle for the second spot, centerfielder extraordinaire Tris Speaker narrowly beat out Philadelphia A’s great Eddie Collins by a mere 14 points (Negro League star shortstop John Henry Lloyd was not that far off either).
Beside those newbies, Smokey Joe Williams, Cristobal Torriente and Stan Coveleski also had very impressive first-year showings (especially the first two greats).
Of the returnees, Heinie Groh easily beat out the rest and showed that his support from last year wasn’t based on “new-car smell.” :-)
The other top-ten returnees were Jake Beckley and Lip Pike.
62 comment(s)Posted: September 14, 2004 at 02:18 PM |
Hall of Merit: Pelayo Chacon
Is he a HoMer or is he Donie Bush (sorry Mark :-)?
3 comment(s)Posted: September 14, 2004 at 01:17 AM |
Hall of Merit: Bingo DeMoss
He doesn’t look like a HoMer to me, but maybe someone can change my mind here.
13 comment(s)Posted: September 14, 2004 at 01:10 AM |
Hall of Merit: 1935 Ballot Discussion
Another very strong outfielder, Max Carey hits the ballot. Carl Mays is also on the docket for the first time, and the top new Negro Leaguer is Bingo DeMoss.
1935 (September 26)—elect 2
Negro League Candidates:
I also have to add one thing - I play in a Diamond Mind League that started with the 1924 season (we are currently getting ready to open 1925). It’s pretty cool that guys from that league are coming on the ballot now. Many of our ‘scrubs’ were actually pretty good players for a couple of years, check out Johnny Mostil, George Harper or Earl Smith for example.
Howard Ehmke deserves a special mention. Ehmke went 30-0 as a starter for my New York Yankees in 1924. His final record was 30-2, he lost twice in relief. We had a great offense (Speaker, Heilmann, Goslin and Kelly); but this was truly an amazing season, and I feel that more than just the 14 people in the league should know about it.
Of course, he lost Game 1 of the World Series (to KJOK’s Cardinals) 2-1, pulled down a no decision in a 3-2, 10-inning Game 4 loss and left Game 7 trailing 3-2, before Goose Goslin hit a 2-run HR off Emil Yde in the bottom of the 8th (KJOK’s only words were, “Oh my God”). But man that year from Ehmke is something that I’ll never forget. If this were the real Hall of Fame vote, and I could just vote yes for him like people have done for Jim DeShaies, it would be a no-brainer :-)
262 comment(s)Posted: September 13, 2004 at 12:52 PM |
Hall of Merit: Selected 20th Century Candidates
If you are looking for a player thread from the last century, this is the place to visit!
Hank Aaron (elected in 1982)
Pete Alexander (elected in 1936)
Dick Allen (elected in 1983)
Roberto Alomar (elected in 2010)
Luke Appling (elected in 1956)
Richie Ashburn (elected in 1968)
Earl Averill (elected in 1961)
Jeff Bagwell (elected in 2011)
Frank Baker (elected in ...Read More...
11 comment(s)Posted: September 08, 2004 at 06:39 PM |
Hall of Merit: Herman Long
The original “Flying Dutchman!”
11 comment(s)Posted: September 07, 2004 at 09:47 PM |
Hall of Merit: Joe Tinker, Donie Bush and Ray Chapman
Some Deadball stars at short to take a look at.
0 comment(s)Posted: September 07, 2004 at 09:41 PM |
Hall of Merit: John McGraw, Ed Williamson, Lave Cross, Billy Nash and Levi Meyerle
Third basemen, one and all!
81 comment(s)Posted: September 07, 2004 at 09:25 PM |
Hall of Merit: Jake Beckley
I don’t know if you guys know this, but karlmagnus is keen on “Eagle-Eye.” :-)
65 comment(s)Posted: September 07, 2004 at 01:54 AM |
Hall of Merit: Charley Jones & Lip Pike
Our “friend of the HoM” John Proulx suggested this page. Good idea!
69 comment(s)Posted: September 07, 2004 at 01:45 AM |