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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Jim O’Rourke

Eligible in 1899.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 22, 2006 at 05:40 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Monday, April 17, 2006

1974 Results: The Hall of Merit Version of the “M & M Boys” Are This Year’s Standard Bearers!

In his first year of eligibility, New York Yankee star slugger Mickey Mantle became the 10th unanimous selection for the HoM, joining Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial among that prestigous group.

Another newbie, modern style third baseman Eddie Mathews, collected an “elect me” vote from 51 out of 52 voters as he picked up 95% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: George Sisler, José ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 07:03 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Roy Face

Elligible in 1975.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 07:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Bill White

Eligible in 1975.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 06:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Curt Flood

Eligible in 1975.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 06:10 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Don Drysdale

Eligible in 1975.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 06:09 PM | 138 comment(s)
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Ken Boyer

Eligible in 1975.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 06:06 PM | 92 comment(s)
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1975 Ballot Discussion

1975 (April 17)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

279 94.7 1955 Ken Boyer-3B (1982)
258 101.9 1956 Don Drysdale-P (1993)
221 68.4 1958 Curt Flood-CF (1997)
209 62.6 1956 Bill White-1B
139 59.0 1953 Roy Face-RP
153 48.9 1957 Woodie Held-SS/CF
160 42.0 1962 Tom Tresh-LF/SS
155 36.7 1958 Leon Wagner-LF (2004)
124 52.1 1957 Turk Farrell-RP (1977)
123 48.9 1955 Pedro Ramos-P
116 41.1 1958 Gary Bell-P
106 42.6 1953 Al Worthington-RP
108 33.3 1962 Ed Charles-3B
095 35.5 1960 Ken Johnson-P
084 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 17, 2006 at 06:01 PM | 259 comment(s)
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Monday, April 10, 2006

1974 Ballot

Newbies: Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Rocky Colavito, Larry Jackson, Elston Howard, and Roger Maris.

Returnees: Biz Mackey, George Sisler, Willard Brown, Cannonball Dick Redding, Joe Gordon, Jose Mendez, Minnie Minoso, and George Van Haltren.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 10, 2006 at 03:21 AM | 103 comment(s)
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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Fred Carroll

Eligible in 1898.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 08, 2006 at 04:39 PM | 11 comment(s)
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John Clapp

Eligible in 1898.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 08, 2006 at 03:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Monday, April 03, 2006

1973 Results: The Hall of Merit Has a New “Chairman” and “Bell” Ringer!

In his first year of eligibility, Yankee ace pitcher Whitey Ford earned 79% of all possible points to achieve immortality.

After 26 years on the ballot, legendary Negro League speedster Cool Papa Bell finally did the trick in ‘73. With 37% of all possible points, Bell became the Hall of Merit’s 22nd Negro League inductee.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Biz Mackey (bridesmaid once again!), George Sisler (big jump for Gorgeous George!), Willard BrownCannonball Dick Redding (cannonballs up a ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 03, 2006 at 12:14 AM | 47 comment(s)
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1974 Ballot Discussion

1974 (April 17)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

565 154.4 1951 Mickey Mantle-CF (1995)
450 130.5 1952 Eddie Mathews-3B (2001)
273 74.3 1956 Rocky Colavito-RF
225 87.6 1955 Larry Jackson-P (1990)
203 63.8 1955 Elston Howard-C (1980)
223 53.7 1957 Roger Maris-RF (1985)
171 43.2 1956 Norm Siebern-1B
110 41.1 1958 Bill Monbouquette-P
132 30.7 1961 Floyd Robinson-RF
087 30.7 1952 Bill Henry-RP

Players Passing Away in 1973

HoMers
Age Elected

74 1944 Frankie Frisch-2B

Candidates
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 03, 2006 at 12:08 AM | 228 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mickey Mantle

Eligible in 1974.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:36 PM | 50 comment(s)
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Eddie Mathews

Eligible in 1974.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:35 PM | 27 comment(s)
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Roger Maris

Eligible in 1974.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:34 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Elston Howard

Eligible in 1974.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:33 PM | 47 comment(s)
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Larry Jackson

Eligible in 1974.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:31 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Rocky Colavito

Eligible in 1974.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 02, 2006 at 11:28 PM | 57 comment(s)
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Monday, March 27, 2006

1973 Ballot

Impressive newbies: Whitey Ford, Dick Groat, and Curt Simmons.

Top-ten returnees: Biz Mackey, Cool Papa Bell, Willard Brown, George Sisler, George Van Haltren, Joe Gordon, and Cannonball Dick Redding.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 27, 2006 at 01:03 PM | 113 comment(s)
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Monday, March 20, 2006

The Spitter, Steroids, and the One-Year Boycott Rule

This thread was created for voters to discuss which forms of cheating they feel should or shouldn’t be under the umbrella of the Hall of Merit’s one-year boycott rule.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 20, 2006 at 10:38 PM | 100 comment(s)
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1972 Results: Roberts, Koufax, and Doerr are the Latest of the Greatest Now in the Hall!

In his first year of eligibility, “Whiz Kid” Robin Roberts scored 95% of all possible points to win induction to the Hall of Merit.

Another newbie, Dodger great Sandy Koufax, also achieved immortality by earning 54% of all possible points.

The last inductee, BoSox star second baseman Bobby Doerr, finally gained admission to the HoM in his 16th year of eligibility. He earned 33% of all possible points.

Our first election with 50 ballots since the 1950s!

Rounding out the top-ten were: Biz ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 20, 2006 at 02:34 AM | 75 comment(s)
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1973 Ballot Discussion

1973 (April 3)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

261 89.5 1950 Whitey Ford-P
225 76.6 1952 Dick Groat-SS
210 78.0 1948 Curt Simmons-P
178 67.7 1952 Lew Burdette-P
157 67.9 1950 Vern Law-P
154 61.7 1952 Stu Miller-RP
172 54.3 1951 Smoky Burgess-C/PH (1991)
183 43.2 1954 Bill Skowron-1B
143 54.7 1953 Johnny Podres-P
151 47.2 1957 Jim Landis-CF
142 48.5 1957 Earl Battey-C (2003)
136 42.4 1959 Johnny Romano-C
123 44.8 1957 Billy O’Dell-P
115 43.7 1957 Jack Sanford-P (2000)
114 39.3 1958 Bob ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 20, 2006 at 02:28 AM | 153 comment(s)
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Curt Simmons

Eligible in 1973.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 20, 2006 at 02:08 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Dick Groat

Eligible in 1973.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 20, 2006 at 02:06 AM | 16 comment(s)
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Whitey Ford

Eligible in 1973.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 20, 2006 at 02:05 AM | 76 comment(s)
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Monday, March 13, 2006

1972 Ballot

Newbies: Robin Roberts, Sandy Koufax, Bob Friend, Junior Gilliam, Harvey Keunn, and Joe Adcock.

Returnees: Biz Mackey, Bobby Doerr, Willard Brown, Cool Papa Bell, George Sisler, Cannonball Dick Redding, George Van Haltren, and Joe Gordon.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 13, 2006 at 12:53 PM | 143 comment(s)
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Sunday, March 05, 2006

1971 Results: Post-WWII Hurler Spahn and “Inside Baseball” Era Moundsman Griffith Make the HoM!

In his first year of eligibility, Braves pitching legend Warren Spahn was practically voted into the Hall of Merit unanimously with 99% of all possible points.

After 59 past elections, the 60th did the trick for 1890’s and 1900’s hurler Clark Griffith. While his family should be happy with his induction, he does have the dubious honor of achieving the lowest percentage of all possible points ever with 34% (Hughie Jennings in 1960 and Richie Ashburn in 1968 both had 38%).

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 05, 2006 at 09:37 PM | 88 comment(s)
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1972 Ballot Discussion

1972 (March 20)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

339 134.2 1948 Robin Roberts-P
207 87.4 1951 Bob Friend-P
247 65.6 1953 Jim Gilliam-2B/3B (1978)
236 69.1 1950 Joe Adcock-1B (1999)
223 55.8 1953 Harvey Kuenn-SS/RF (1988)
194 68.9 1955 Sandy Koufax-P
179 70.0 1949 Del Crandall-C
172 64.1 1951 Roy McMillan-SS (1997)
147 57.9 1952 Joe Nuxhall-P
162 50.7 1952 Jim Piersall-CF
147 50.3 1953 Bob Buhl-P (2001)
141 49.6 1954 Frank Bolling-2B
135 42.4 1956 Frank Malzone-3B
122 49.2 1954 Bob ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 05, 2006 at 09:32 PM | 139 comment(s)
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Harvey Kuenn

Eligible in 1972.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 05, 2006 at 09:08 PM | 5 comment(s)
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