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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Tommy Davis

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 10:49 PM | 28 comment(s)
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Rico Petrocelli

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 10:40 PM | 22 comment(s)
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Tony Oliva

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 10:34 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Bill Freehan

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 10:19 PM | 169 comment(s)
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Willie Davis

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 10:16 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Billy Williams

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 10:04 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Frank Robinson

Eligible in 1982.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 09:59 PM | 80 comment(s)
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Hank Aaron

Eligible in 1982

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 09:57 PM | 177 comment(s)
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1982 Ballot Discussion

1982 (Aug 7)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

643 199.8 1954 Hank Aaron-RF
519 153.3 1956 Frank Robinson-RF/LF
374 115.8 1961 Billy Williams-LF
322 94.6 1961 Willie Davis-CF
267 78.8 1963 Bill Freehan-C
245 63.9 1964 Tony Oliva-RF
205 66.2 1965 Rico Petrocelli-SS/3B
198 56.8 1958 Tony Taylor-2B
207 52.0 1960 Tommy Davis-LF
173 56.0 1964 Mike Cuellar-P
204 47.5 1963 Tommy Harper-LF/RF
178 40.0 1966 Cesar Tovar-CF/LF (1994)
141 39.9 1966 Cleon Jones-LF
121 45.0 1966 Fritz Peterson-P
130 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 23, 2006 at 09:51 PM | 257 comment(s)
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Monday, July 17, 2006

1981 Ballot

Prominent new candidates: Bob Gibson, Harmon Killebrew, Vada Pinson, Jim Perry, Claude Osteen, and Lindy McDaniel.

Top-ten returnees: José Méndez, Joe Sewell, Ralph Kiner, Minnie Minoso, Jake Beckley, Hugh Duffy, and Rube Waddell.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 17, 2006 at 11:46 AM | 172 comment(s)
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Monday, July 10, 2006

Lindy McDaniel

Eligible in 1981.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 10, 2006 at 11:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Sunday, July 09, 2006

1980 Results: The Hall of Merit Class of 1980? Kaline, Santo, and Maricha!

In his first year of eligibility, “Mr. Tiger” Al Kaline won the top spot for induction fairly easily with an impressive 92% of all possible points.

Cubbie fan favorite Ron Santo also scored very favorably in also his first year on the ballot with 88% of all possible points.

Another newbie, San Francisco ace Juan Marichal, nabbed the third and final spot for induction this year with 68% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: José Méndez, Joe Sewell, Minnie Minoso, Ralph ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 08:35 PM | 116 comment(s)
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Claude Osteen

Eligible in 1981.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 07:44 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Jim Perry

Eligible in 1981.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 07:40 PM | 67 comment(s)
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Vada Pinson

Eligible in 1981

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 07:30 PM | 217 comment(s)
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Harmon Killebrew

Eligible in 1981.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 07:27 PM | 82 comment(s)
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Bob Gibson

Eligible in 1981.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 07:23 PM | 77 comment(s)
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1981 Ballot Discussion

1981 (July 24)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

317 117.9 1959 Bob Gibson-P
371 99.2 1955 Harmon Killebrew-1B/3B
321 79.5 1958 Vada Pinson-CF (1995)
205 78.9 1959 Jim Perry-P
201 76.5 1960 Claude Osteen-P
199 69.4 1960 Leo Cardenas-SS
186 69.4 1956 Lindy McDaniel-RP
166 59.4 1962 Sam McDowell-P
168 56.0 1963 Dave McNally-P (2002)
144 53.4 1964 Sonny Siebert-P
159 42.2 1964 Johnny Briggs-LF
161 40.1 1965 Jim Northrup-RF
133 46.1 1966 Bill Hands-P
118 35.0 1962 Ed Brinkman-SS
110 36.2 1965 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 09, 2006 at 07:07 PM | 219 comment(s)
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Monday, July 03, 2006

1980 Ballot

Prominent newbies: Al Kaline, Ron Santo, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Norm Cash, and Dick McAuliffe.

Top-ten returnees: José Méndez, Minnie Minoso, Ralph Kiner, Joe Sewell, Jake Beckley, Cannonball Dick Redding, Hugh Duffy, and Nellie Fox.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 03, 2006 at 12:31 PM | 143 comment(s)
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Monday, June 26, 2006

1979 Results: Say Hey to Willie and Gorgeous George Now That They Are in the Hall of Merit!

In his first year of eligibility, all-time great Willie Mays was inducted into the Hall of Merit unanimously. He is the 11th player so far accorded this honor.

Unlike the “Say Hey Kid,” legendary St. Louis Brown star first baseman George Sisler won election to the HoM in his 44th year on the ballot. Receiving 38% of all possible points, #1 Sisler fan from the electorate yest was seen weeping for joy at the news.

Rounding out the top-ten were: José Méndez , Minnie Minoso , Ralph Kiner, Joe ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 08:19 PM | 30 comment(s)
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1980 Ballot Discussion

1980 (July 10)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

443 118.4 1954 Al Kaline-RF
324 105.9 1960 Ron Santo-3B
315 95.1 1959 Norm Cash-1B (1986)
310 86.6 1958 Orlando Cepeda-1B
263 92.2 1960 Juan Marichal-P
241 62.0 1961 Dick McAuliffe-2B/SS
177 63.1 1964 Mel Stottlemyre-P
191 47.0 1963 Ron Hunt-2B
176 52.1 1962 Denis Menke-SS
179 47.8 1961 Matty Alou-CF
149 57.5 1961 Johnny Edwards-C
135 51.4 1957 Don McMahon-RP (1987)
148 41.1 1964 Jim Ray Hart-3B
125 42.4 1957 Juan Pizarro-P
124 40.7 1962 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 04:12 AM | 478 comment(s)
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Dick McAuliffe

Eligible in 1980.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 04:07 AM | 45 comment(s)
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Juan Marichal

Eligible in 1980.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 03:59 AM | 76 comment(s)
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Orlando Cepeda

Eligible in 1980.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 03:50 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Norm Cash

Eligible in 1980

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 03:39 AM | 33 comment(s)
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Ron Santo

Eligible in 1980.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 03:31 AM | 119 comment(s)
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Al Kaline

Eligible in 1980.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 26, 2006 at 03:23 AM | 117 comment(s)
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Monday, June 19, 2006

1979 Ballot

Top new candidates: Willie Mays, Frank Howard, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Callison, Felipe Alou, and Milt Pappas.

Top-ten returnees: George Sisler, Ralph Kiner, José Méndez, Minnie Minoso , Joe Sewell, Jake Beckley, Hugh Duffy, and Cannonball Dick Redding.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 19, 2006 at 12:17 PM | 157 comment(s)
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Monday, June 12, 2006

1978 Results: Clemente is a HoMer, While Wilhelm is the First Hall of Merit Relief Pitcher!

Like that other pantheon in Cooperstown did in ‘73, the Hall of Merit easily tagged the late Pittsburgh Pirate right fielder Roberto Clemente for immortaility in his first year of eligibility with a more than healthy 93% of all possible points.

Ageless pitching wonder Hoyt Wilhelm became the first relief pitcher ever inducted to the HoM in also his first year on the ballot with 75% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: George Sisler (could next year be his year?), Ralph Kiner ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 12, 2006 at 06:10 PM | 97 comment(s)
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1979 Ballot Discussion

1979 (June 26)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

642 208.1 1951 Willie Mays-CF
293 85.0 1956 Luis Aparicio-SS
297 73.9 1960 Frank Howard-LF/RF
241 70.6 1959 Johnny Callison-RF
241 59.2 1958 Felipe Alou-RF/CF
210 71.1 1958 Milt Pappas-P
142 54.1 1960 Chris Short-P (1991)
125 47.1 1961 Ron Perranoski-RP
139 38.5 1966 Tommie Agee-CF (2001)
115 43.1 1964 Gene Alley-SS
139 33.1 1962 Joe Pepitone-1B
103 35.9 1961 Bobby Bolin-P
106 33.1 1960 Eddie Fisher-RP
098 32.2 1963 Ray Culp-P
105 28.2 1965 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 12, 2006 at 12:09 AM | 268 comment(s)
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