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Monday, October 30, 2006

1988 Results: “Pops” Part of Hall of Merit Family; Cupid Gets Shot With Inductee Arrow!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary Pittsburgh Pirate slugger Willie Stargell was elected to the Hall of Merit with 84% of all possible points.

Unlike “Pops,” Cleveland Spider standout second baseman Cupid Childs broke Rube Waddell’s 2-year record for longest wait until eventual induction by 11 years in his 82st year of eligibility. He achieved 35% of all possible points.

Rounding ou the top-ten were: Ken Boyer, Jimmy Wynn, Nellie Fox, Dobie Moore, Charley Jones (huge jump - first ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 30, 2006 at 11:50 PM | 71 comment(s)
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Monday, October 23, 2006

1988 Ballot

Prominent new candidates: Willie Stargell, Reggie Smith, Luis Tiant, Bobby Murcer, Lee May, and Sparky Lyle.

Top-ten returnees: Cupid Childs, Ken Boyer, Nellie Fox, Jimmy Wynn, Jake Beckley, Dobie Moore, and Quincey Trouppe.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 23, 2006 at 12:03 PM | 136 comment(s)
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Friday, October 20, 2006

Housekeeping

Not sure what else to call this - but let’s make this a catch all thread for ideas on how we run things.

I really don’t like the new setup where we are posting individual threads two weeks early - 1989 eligibles as we start the 1988 discussion for example.

I like the idea of starting the discussion early . . . but I don’t like how all of the new threads bump off of hot topics the guys that are actually coming up for election this year. This is a major issue for me.

One - do others agree, or ...

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JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: October 20, 2006 at 12:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
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Sunday, October 15, 2006

1987 Results: ‘50’s Stars Kiner, Pierce, and Minoso Are Hall of Merit Bound!

After 26 attempts, legendary Pirate slugger Ralph Kiner finally made it with his 27th by claiming the top spot for HoM induction this “year.” He earned 39% of all possible points.

Though not as long as Kiner, ace ChiSox pitcher Billy Pierce won the second HoM spot for induction in his 18th year on the ballot with 39% of all possible points.

Like his White Sox teammate, NeL and ML star Minnie Minoso was rewarded with the 3rd spot for induction in also his 18th year of seeing his name on a ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 08:02 PM | 85 comment(s)
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1988 Ballot Discussion

1988 (October 30)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

370 101.3 1963 Willie Stargell-LF/1B (2001)
325 86.4 1967 Reggie Smith-CF/RF
256 97.1 1964 Luis Tiant-P
277 71.9 1969 Bobby Murcer-RF/CF*
225 56.6 1967 Lee May-1B
161 58.9 1967 Sparky Lyle-RP
199 44.2 1970 John Mayberry-1B
162 55.2 1967 Mark Belanger-SS (1998)
173 43.0 1968 Joe Rudi-LF
130 48.8 1968 Stan Bahnsen-P
138 42.5 1968 Del Unser-CF
125 46.8 1969 Bill Lee-P
139 39.7 1974 Ron LeFlore-CF
141 34.3 1971 Willie Montanez-1B
110 41.6 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:57 PM | 319 comment(s)
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Gene Tenace

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:22 PM | 55 comment(s)
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Bert Campaneris

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:19 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Jim Kaat

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:16 PM | 65 comment(s)
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Fergie Jenkins

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:13 PM | 33 comment(s)
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Johnny Bench

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:10 PM | 49 comment(s)
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Gaylord Perry

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:06 PM | 14 comment(s)
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Carl Yastrzemski

Eligible in 1989.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 15, 2006 at 07:01 PM | 65 comment(s)
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Monday, October 09, 2006

Lee May

Eligible in 1988.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 07:46 PM | 8 comment(s)
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Sparky Lyle

Eligible in 1988.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 07:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Bobby Murcer

Eligible in 1988.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 07:23 PM | 37 comment(s)
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Luis Tiant

Eligible in 1988.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 07:18 PM | 83 comment(s)
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Reggie Smith

Eligible in 1988.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 07:10 PM | 92 comment(s)
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Willie Stargell

Eligible in 1988.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 07:02 PM | 23 comment(s)
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1987 Ballot

Prominent new candidates: Bobby Bonds, Sal Bando, and Mike Marshall.

Top-ten returnees: Ralph Kiner, Billy Pierce, Minnie Minoso, Ken Boyer, Cupid Childs, Nellie Fox, Cannonball Dick Redding, and Jimmy Wynn.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 09, 2006 at 11:52 AM | 129 comment(s)
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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Once We Catch-Up: The Hall of Merit After 2007

This thread will deal with how we should handle the first annual election starting in 2008.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 05, 2006 at 08:02 PM | 641 comment(s)
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Monday, October 02, 2006

1987 Ballot Discussion

1987 (October 16)—elect 3
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

302 88.1 1968 Bobby Bonds-RF (2003)
283 78.3 1967 Sal Bando-3B
178 68.1 1964 Rick Wise-P*
146 61.7 1967 Mike Marshall-RP
150 48.1 1968 Fred Patek-SS
146 47.3 1969 Larry Hisle-CF/LF*
143 44.3 1972 Bill North-CF
135 35.4 1969 Pat Kelly-RF (2005)
121 46.5 1969 Dick Drago-P
116 44.6 1969 Dave Roberts-P
118 42.2 1971 Rennie Stennett-2B

Players Passing Away in 1986

HoMers
Age Elected

85 1949 Ted Lyons-P
80 1966 Red Ruffing-P
75 1953 Hank ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 02, 2006 at 10:14 PM | 178 comment(s)
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Sunday, October 01, 2006

1986 Results: McCovey and Waddell Pass Through the Hall of Merit Turnstiles!

In his first year of eligibility, legendary slugger Willie McCovey earned an extremely healthy 96% of all possible points to become the first inductee in ‘86 for the Hall of Merit.

Demolishing Clark Griffith’s record by eleven years, Philadelphia A’s ace Rube Waddell finally was rewarded with a spot in the HoM on his 71st try. He gained 38% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Ralph Kiner (will he finally make it in ‘87), Billy Pierce (another who may make it next election), ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 01, 2006 at 10:48 PM | 72 comment(s)
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Mike Marshall

Eligible in 1987.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 01, 2006 at 10:38 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Sal Bando

Eligible in 1987.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 01, 2006 at 10:34 PM | 74 comment(s)
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Bobby Bonds

Eligible in 1987

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 01, 2006 at 10:29 PM | 26 comment(s)
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Monday, September 25, 2006

1986 Ballot

New candidates: Willie McCovey, Willie Horton, and Jose Cardenal.

Top-ten returnees: Billy Pierce, Rube Waddell, Ralph Kiner, Minnie Minoso, Cupid Childs, Ken Boyer, and Dobie Moore.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 25, 2006 at 12:09 PM | 143 comment(s)
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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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