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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Monday, September 18, 2006

1985 Results: Backloggers Méndez, Freehan, and Sewell Finally Move Into the Hall of Merit!

After 54 ballots (the second longest wait after Clark Griffith and the longest for a Negro Leaguer), Cuban pitching ace José Méndez was elected to the Hall of Merit with 47% of all possible points. He is now our 26th Negro League selection.

In his fourth year of eligibility, Tiger star Bill Freehan took the second spot this “year” for immortality with 43% of all possible points.

Like Méndez, supreme contact hitter Joe Sewell also had to wait a long time before finally being elected (47 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 18, 2006 at 08:40 PM | 80 comment(s)
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1986 Ballot Discussion

1986 (October 2)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

408 101.2 1959 Willie McCovey-1B
233 53.2 1964 Willie Horton-LF
212 57.0 1965 Jose Cardenal-CF/RF
183 58.7 1965 Paul Blair-CF
165 55.3 1970 Dave Cash-2B
157 53.3 1969 Manny Sanguillen-C
146 55.9 1967 John Hiller-RP
141 42.7 1966 Bud Harrelson-SS
142 40.6 1965 Ken Henderson-CF/LF
147 31.7 1970 Ralph Garr-LF
114 46.5 1968 Marty Pattin-P
117 32.9 1970 Bernie Carbo-RF/LF
106 35.6 1973 JR Richard-P

Players Passing Away in 1985
HoMers
Age ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 18, 2006 at 08:31 PM | 331 comment(s)
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Sunday, September 17, 2006

John Hiller

Eligible in 1986

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 17, 2006 at 07:19 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Jose Cardenal

Eligible in 1986

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 17, 2006 at 07:15 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Willie Horton

Eligible in 1986.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 17, 2006 at 07:08 PM | 29 comment(s)
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Willie McCovey

Eligible in 1986.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 17, 2006 at 06:07 PM | 155 comment(s)
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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Denny Lyons

Eligible in 1903.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 14, 2006 at 01:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, September 11, 2006

1985 Ballot

Prominent new candidates: Lou Brock, Roy White, Mickey Lolich, Thurman Munson and Catfish Hunter.

Top-ten returnees: José Méndez, Bill Freehan, Joe Sewell , Ralph Kiner, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Rube Waddell, and Cupid Childs.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 11, 2006 at 11:59 AM | 154 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

1984 Results: Second Time’s the Trick for Robinson and Torre As This Year’s Hall of Merit Picks!

In only his second year of eligibility, third base fielding legend Brooks Robinson garnered 68% of all possible points to claim a spot in the Hall of Merit.

Another sophomore candidate, multipositional standout Joe Torre, received 60% of all possible points for induction.

Rounding out the top-ten were: José Méndez, Bill Freehan, Joe Sewell, Ralph Kiner, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Rube Waddell, and Cupid Childs.

Breaking the record set in 1982 by one, 85 candidates found themselves on a ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 05, 2006 at 05:39 PM | 35 comment(s)
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1985 Ballot Discussion

1985 (September 4)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

348 82.4 1962 Lou Brock-LF
263 79.8 1966 Roy White-LF
224 80.3 1963 Mickey Lolich-P
206 77.1 1970 Thurman Munson-C (1979)
206 74.4 1965 Catfish Hunter-P (1999)
216 63.6 1966 George Scott-1B
204 60.3 1961 Tim McCarver-C
209 58.1 1964 Rico Carty-LF/DH
169 57.4 1968 Andy Mesersmith-P
157 56.3 1966 Ken Holtzman-P
159 42.1 1965 Don Kessinger-SS
129 47.5 1967 Joe Coleman-P
130 40.5 1969 Ted Sizemore-2B
121 35.7 1962 Manny Mota-LF/PH
115 37.8 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 05, 2006 at 05:30 PM | 280 comment(s)
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Monday, September 04, 2006

Catfish Hunter

Eligible in 1985.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 04, 2006 at 12:03 AM | 142 comment(s)
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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Thurman Munson

Eligible in 1985.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 03, 2006 at 11:54 PM | 124 comment(s)
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Mickey Lolich

Eligible in 1985.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 03, 2006 at 11:51 PM | 41 comment(s)
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Roy White

Eligible in 1985.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 03, 2006 at 11:47 PM | 57 comment(s)
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Lou Brock

Eligible in 1985.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 03, 2006 at 11:42 PM | 233 comment(s)
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Monday, August 28, 2006

1984 Ballot

Prominent new candidates: Ron Fairly, Jim Fregosi, and Wilbur Wood.

Top-ten returnees: Brooks Robinson, Joe Torre, José Méndez, Bill Freehan, Joe Sewell, Ralph Kiner, Rube Waddell, and Minnie Minoso.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 28, 2006 at 11:02 AM | 95 comment(s)
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Monday, August 21, 2006

1983 Results: Allen and Williams Lead the Pack For the Latest Hall of Merit Class!

In his first year of eligibility, controversial slugger Dick Allen claimed the top spot for HoM induction with 69% of all possible points.

Cub left fielder Billy Williams wasn’t far behind as he became the other inductee this “year” with 66% of all possible points in only his second year of eligibility.

Legendary third baseman Brooks Robinson barely missed induction with his 63% of all possible points in his first year on the ballot. He almost certainly will be elected in 1984.

Another ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 21, 2006 at 02:24 AM | 56 comment(s)
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1984 Ballot Discussion

1984 (September 4)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

269 75.3 1959 Ron Fairly-1B/RF
261 68.5 1962 Jim Fregosi-SS
190 78.0 1963 Wilbur Wood-P
189 55.4 1963 Bob Bailey-3B
171 56.3 1966 Davey Johnson-2B
127 44.6 1964 Jerry Grote-C
132 38.1 1966 Tito Fuentes-2B
122 40.8 1965 Jim Lonborg-P
116 41.4 1965 Nelson Briles-P (2005)
122 32.6 1965 Mickey Stanley-CF
110 31.6 1969 Wayne Garrett-3B
102 32.8 1970 Don Gullett-P
104 24.8 1965 Sandy Alomar-2B

Players Passing Away in 1983
HoMers
Age Elected
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 21, 2006 at 02:20 AM | 216 comment(s)
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Wilbur Wood

Eligible in 1984.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 21, 2006 at 12:42 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Ron Fairly

Eligible in 1984.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 21, 2006 at 12:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
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Jim Fregosi

Eligible in 1984.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 21, 2006 at 12:26 AM | 74 comment(s)
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Monday, August 14, 2006

1983 Ballot

New candidates: Dick Allen, Joe Torre, Jim Wynn, Brooks Robinson, and Boog Powell.

Top-ten returnees: Billy Williams, José Méndez, Bill Freehan, Joe Sewell , Ralph Kiner, Billy Pierce, Minnie Minoso, and Rube Waddell.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 14, 2006 at 11:28 AM | 110 comment(s)
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Monday, August 07, 2006

1982 Results: Bad Henry and Robby Are the Newest Hall of Merit Right Fielders!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary slugger Hank Aaron became the Hall of Merit’s twelfth unanimous selection (in chronological order, the others were Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, and Willie Mays). He also becomes the new record holder for points with 1,344, eclipsing by ten the 1934 record held by Ty Cobb for almost 50 “years” (both 1934 and now 1982 share the record for most voters ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 01:18 AM | 43 comment(s)
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Boog Powell

Eligible in 1983.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 01:11 AM | 63 comment(s)
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Jimmy Wynn

Eligible in 1983

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 01:04 AM | 149 comment(s)
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Dick Allen

Eligible in 1983.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 01:02 AM | 282 comment(s)
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Joe Torre

Eligible in 1983.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 12:57 AM | 80 comment(s)
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Brooks Robinson

Eligible in 1983.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 12:53 AM | 97 comment(s)
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1983 Ballot Discussion

1983 (August 21)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

356 111.1 1957 Brooks Robinson-3B
315 102.5 1961 Joe Torre-C/1B
342 90.0 1964 Dick Allen-1B/3B
305 88.6 1963 Jim Wynn-CF
282 69.4 1962 Boog Powell-1B
166 50.1 1967 Doug Rader-3B
175 46.1 1963 Ken McMullen-3B
133 49.2 1965 Larry Dierker-P
152 41.4 1966 Felix Millan-2B
123 47.8 1965 Clay Carroll-RP
144 38.3 1962 Cookie Rojas-2B
118 45.9 1962 Dave Giusti-RP
125 42.0 1963 Al Downing-P
112 41.2 1967 Pat Dobson-P
123 33.5 1965 Willie ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: August 07, 2006 at 12:47 AM | 174 comment(s)
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Monday, July 31, 2006

1982 Ballot

New candidates: Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Billy Williams, Bill Freehan, Tony Oliva, Willie Davis, Rico Petrocelli, Tommy Davis, and Tommy Harper.

Top-ten returnees: José Méndez, Joe Sewell, Minnie Minoso, Ralph Kiner, Billy Pierce, Cannonball Dick Redding, Cupid Childs, and Hugh Duffy

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 31, 2006 at 11:39 AM | 213 comment(s)
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