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Monday, May 15, 2006

1977 Ballot Discussion

1977 (May 15)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

332 115.0 1954 Ernie Banks-SS/1B
257 90.6 1955 Jim Bunning-P
175 71.3 1954 Camilo Pascual-P
183 51.0 1960 Tony Gonzalez-CF
160 52.9 1955 Clete Boyer-3B
145 49.7 1958 Jim “Mudcat” Grant-P
137 52.0 1960 Jim Maloney-P
148 47.4 1962 Dean Chance-P
134 36.3 1961 Zoilo Versalles-SS (1995)
114 42.0 1958 Stan Williams-P
114 41.8 1960 Dick Ellsworth-P
110 40.8 1955 Dick Hall-RP
123 31.0 1959 Lee Maye-LF/RF (2002)
118 32.1 1961 Chuck Hinton-LF/RF ...Read More...

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 15, 2006 at 11:05 PM | 178 comment(s)
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1976 Results: “Flash” and “Esse Hombre” Get Their Hall of Merit Plaques!

In his 21st election, Yankee and Indian star Joe Gordon got his HoM ticket stamped with 42% of all possible points.

In his 19th year of eligibility, Negro League slugger Willard Brown also achieved immortality by earning 38% of all possible points. He is now our 25th NeL selection.

Rounding out the top-ten were: George Sisler (missed it by this much), José Méndez , Minnie Minoso , Cannonball Dick Redding , Ralph Kiner, Joe Sewell (back in the top-ten after a long absence), Dobie Moore, and ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 15, 2006 at 06:00 PM | 169 comment(s)
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Jim Bunning

Eligible in 1977.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 15, 2006 at 01:19 PM | 218 comment(s)
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Ernie Banks

Eligible in 1977.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 15, 2006 at 01:17 PM | 71 comment(s)
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Monday, May 08, 2006

1976 Ballot

Prominent newbies: Bob Allison and Johnny Roseboro.

Top-ten returnees: Willard Brown, George Sisler, Joe Gordon, José Méndez, Minnie Minoso, Cannonball Redding, Dobie Moore, and Hugh Duffy.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 08, 2006 at 12:57 PM | 112 comment(s)
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Monday, May 01, 2006

1975 Results: Drysdale and Mackey are the Newest Hall of Merit Battery!

In his debut year, Dodger flamethrower Don Drysdale easily won the top spot for the Hall of Merit with 55% of all possible points.

In his 27th year of eligiblity, NeL catching legend Biz Mackey finally claimed the prize that has eluded him in the last few elections by obtaining 35% of all possible points. He beat NeL slugger Willard Brown by just 1 point, so “Esse Hombre” will have to wait until ‘76.

Mackey is now our 24rd Negro Leaguer to be elected.

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

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 01, 2006 at 11:54 PM | 54 comment(s)
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Sunday, April 30, 2006

1976 Ballot Discussion

1976 (May 15)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

203 54.8 1959 Bob Allison-RF/LF (1995)
181 62.1 1958 Johnny Roseboro-C (2002)
165 35.8 1956 Tito Francona-LF/1B
132 54.2 1952 Ron Kline-RP
126 47.0 1960 Earl Wilson-P (2005)
118 46.5 1957 Mike McCormick-P
116 34.9 1958 Jim Davenport-3B
099 38.8 1957 Don Cardwell-P
117 25.5 1963 Pete Ward-3B
098 31.8 1956 Hank Aguirre-RP (1994)
100 23.8 1963 Jimmie Hall-CF/LF

Players Passing Away in 1975

HoMers
Age Elected

75 1947 Lefty Grove-P
63 1967 Joe ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 30, 2006 at 09:18 PM | 230 comment(s)
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Johnny Roseboro

Eligible in 1976.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 30, 2006 at 08:13 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Bob Allison

Eligible in 1976.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 30, 2006 at 08:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Monday, April 24, 2006

1975 Ballot

Prominent newbies: Don Drysdale, Ken Boyer, Curt Flood, Bill White, and Roy Face.

Returnees: George Sisler, José Méndez, Willard Brown, Biz Mackey, Joe Gordon, Minnie Minoso, Cannonball Dick Redding, and Ralph Kiner.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: April 24, 2006 at 01:24 PM | 132 comment(s)
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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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