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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Monday, February 20, 2006

Nellie Fox

Eligible in 1971.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 20, 2006 at 12:53 AM | 113 comment(s)
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Warren Spahn

Eligible in 1971.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 20, 2006 at 12:40 AM | 31 comment(s)
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1971 Ballot Discussion

1971 (May 6)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

412 161.8 1946 Warren Spahn-P (2003)
304 83.7 1949 Nellie Fox-2B (1975)
231 60.9 1949 Roy Sievers-1B/LF
153 62.4 1953 Harvey Haddix-P (1994)
175 51.9 1954 Wally Moon-LF/RF
169 49.1 1951 Frank Thomas-LF/3B
157 46.9 1955 Bill Virdon-CF
145 51.0 1954 Ed Bailey-C
141 53.0 1955 Frank Lary-P
152 45.2 1954 Vic Power-1B
127 42.5 1955 Gus Triandos-C
127 42.0 1952 Dick Donovan-P (1997)
120 42.6 1954 Don Mossi-P
131 32.8 1954 Joe Cunningham-1B/RF
120 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 20, 2006 at 12:31 AM | 159 comment(s)
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Monday, February 13, 2006

1970 Ballot

Newbies: Duke Snider, Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce, Pete Runnels, Bill Bruton, and Luis Marquez

Returnees: Early Wynn, Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith , George Van Haltren, Cool Papa Bell, Bobby Doerr, George Sisler, and Willard Brown.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 13, 2006 at 02:00 PM | 111 comment(s)
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Monday, February 06, 2006

Bill Bruton

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 06, 2006 at 08:07 PM | 3 comment(s)
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1970 Ballot Discussion

1970 (February 6)-elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

352 103.6 1948 Duke Snider-CF (living)
283 79.6 1951 Minnie Minoso-LF (living)
248 88.8 1948 Billy Pierce-P (living)
216 58.5 1951 Pete Runnels-2B/1B (1991)
159 64.8 1949 Bobby Shantz-RP (living)
190 50.9 1953 Bill Bruton-CF (1995)
194 42.9 1953 Al Smith-RF/LF (2002)
103 39.8 1955 Sam Jones-P (1971)

HF% Career Name-pos (born) BJ – MVP - All-Star
00% 44-64 Luis Marquez-CF/IF (1925) – 0 – 0*


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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 06, 2006 at 05:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
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1969 Results: Musial (Unanimously!) and Berra Get Their Hall of Merit Tickets Stamped!

In his first year of eligibility, Cardinal legend Stan Musial became the ninth unanimous selection for the Hall of Merit.

Catching great Yogi Berra also had a robust showing in his first year on the ballot with 95% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Early Wynn (the first-year candidate now leads the backlog), Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George Van Haltren, Cool Papa Bell, Bobby Doerr, George Sisler, and Willard Brown.

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: February 06, 2006 at 04:32 AM | 54 comment(s)
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Monday, January 30, 2006

Pete Runnels

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 30, 2006 at 05:49 AM | 4 comment(s)
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Billy Pierce

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 30, 2006 at 05:48 AM | 62 comment(s)
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Duke Snider

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 30, 2006 at 05:46 AM | 65 comment(s)
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1969 Ballot

Notable newbies: Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Early Wynn, Gil Hodges, Sherm Lollar, Vic Wertz, and Diomedes Olivo.

Top-ten returnees: Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George Van Haltren, Cool Papa Bell, George Sisler, Bobby Doerr, Jake Beckley and Willard Brown.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 30, 2006 at 05:35 AM | 84 comment(s)
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Sunday, January 22, 2006

1969 Ballot Discussion

1969 (January 30)-elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

604 188.1 1942 Stan Musial-LF/1B (living)
375 119.5 1947 Yogi Berra-C (living)
309 107.9 1941 Early Wynn-P (1999)
263 76.6 1947 Gil Hodges-1B (1972)
209 69.8 1947 Sherm Lollar-C (1977)
219 57.4 1947 Vic Wertz-RF/1B (1983)
181 62.8 1951 Johnny Logan-SS (living)
157 40.7 1952 Johnny Temple-2B (1994)
132 45.3 1954 Don Hoak-3B (1969)
118 45.3 1954 Frank Sullivan-P (living)
116 37.8 1952 Wally Post-RF (1982)
117 31.8 1951 Charlie ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2006 at 09:20 PM | 234 comment(s)
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1968 Results: “Eppa Jeptha” and “Whiz Kid” Ashburn Get the Hall of Merit Nod!

In his 30th year on a ballot, Phillie and Red pitching star Eppa Rixey earned 39% of all possible points to finally get his HoM plaque.

Leadoff hitter extraordinaire Richie Ashburn gained 38% of all possible points to be awarded induction in his first year of eligibility.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George Van Haltren, Cool Papa Bell, George Sisler, Bobby Doerr (huge jump for him!), Jake Beckley, and Willard Brown (first time in the top-ten).

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 22, 2006 at 09:16 PM | 91 comment(s)
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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Gil Hodges

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 19, 2006 at 03:40 AM | 74 comment(s)
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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Stan Musial

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:45 PM | 50 comment(s)
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Yogi Berra

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:44 PM | 110 comment(s)
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Early Wynn

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:42 PM | 89 comment(s)
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Minnie Minoso

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:42 PM | 132 comment(s)
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Sherm Lollar

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Vic Wertz

Eligible in 1969

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Luis Marquez

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 08:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Monday, January 16, 2006

1968 Ballot

Notable new candidates: Richie Ashburn, Red Schoendienst, and Eddie Yost.

Returnees: Eppa Rixey, Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George Sisler, George Van Haltren, Cool Papa Bell, Jake Beckley, and Cannonball Dick Redding.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 16, 2006 at 02:25 PM | 140 comment(s)
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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

2006 HOF Results: Blyleven, Gossage, and Trammell are the BTF Picks!

Chosen last year as worthy of election (part of a group that included HOF inductees Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg), pitching star Bert Blyleven was easily picked again with a more than impressive 96% of the 102 ballots cast this year (only 74 more ballots than last year :-). Blyleven also received a robust 96% in 2005.

Another BTF pick of last year, fireman par excellance Rich “Goose” Gossage, easily passed the 75% threshold with our group. He had 87% of our electorate’s support (he had 93% ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 10, 2006 at 12:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Monday, January 09, 2006

1968 Ballot Discussion

1968 (January 18)-elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

329 106.0 1948 Richie Ashburn-CF (1997)
262 85.6 1945 Red Schoendienst-2B (living)
267 65.4 1647 Eddie Yost-3B (living)
228 63.5 1946 Gene Woodling-LF (2001)
175 46.2 1950 Gus Bell-CF/RF (1995)
170 42.5 1948 Billy Goodman-2B/1B (1984)
142 36.2 1947 Dave Philley-RF/CF (living)
134 35.2 1952 Bob Nieman-LF (1985)
107 36.0 1950 Danny O’Connell-2B (1969)
112 29.5 1951 Jim Busby-CF (1996)

Players Passing Away in 1967
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 09, 2006 at 03:21 PM | 250 comment(s)
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Monday, January 02, 2006

2006 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot

IMPORTANT: Please read:

This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots - if you don’t feel he really is a HOFer, then please refrain from posting that player’s name. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end next Monday (8 PM EST).

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 02, 2006 at 03:16 PM | 207 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

1967 Results: The Hall of Merit is Just “Ducky” Over Medwick - Lemon Also Not Considered a “Lemon!”

In his fourteenth year of eligibility, Cardinal and Dodger slugger Joe Medwick claimed the top spot for immortality with 45% of all possible points.

In his fourth year on the ballot, Cleveland Indians’ ace pitcher Bob Lemon was inducted into the HoM with 42% of all possible points.

None of the newly eligible made any impact upon the electorate this “year.”

A record 81 names appeared on a ballot for this election.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Eppa Rixey, Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2005 at 01:51 AM | 66 comment(s)
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Monday, December 26, 2005

2006 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot Discussion

We’ll have one week of discussion and then the ballot thread will be posted next Monday (the election will end on Jan. 9).

The eligible candiates are: Rick Aguilera*, Albert Belle*, Bert Blyleven, Will Clark*, Dave Concepcion, Andre Dawson, Gary DiSarcina*, Alex Fernandez*, Gary Gaetti*, Steve Garvey, Dwight Gooden*, Rich Gossage, Ozzie Guillen*, Orel Hershiser*, Gregg Jeffries*, Tommy John, Doug Jones*, Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Hal Morris*, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Jim Rice, ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 26, 2005 at 05:46 PM | 147 comment(s)
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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Tetelo Vargas

Born: 1906
Died 1971
Teams: Cuban Stars (1927-31); Venezuela (1930s);  New York Cubans (1938-39, 1941-44); Mexican League (1952-53); Puerto Rico (1940s)
Positions: RF, LF, CF, SS, 2B
Nickname: The Dominican Deer

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 24, 2005 at 06:27 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Friday, December 23, 2005

Eddie Yost

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 23, 2005 at 01:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Red Schoendienst

Eligible in 1968.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 23, 2005 at 01:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
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