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Monday, December 12, 2005

1966 Results: HoM Fans Bid Kid Hello! The Hall of Merit Also Sees “Red!”

In his first year of eligibility, hitting legend Ted Williams became the Hall of Merit’s eighth unanimous choice in its history (Cy Young, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Grove, and Joe DiMaggio were the other similarly honored inductees).

After fourteen elections, Yankee pitching star Red Ruffing finally was rewarded by the electorate. He narrowly bested Joe Medwick with only 39% of all possible points.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Bob Lemon, Biz Mackey, Eppa ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 12, 2005 at 06:03 PM | 41 comment(s)
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1967 Ballot Discussion

1967 (December 26)-elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

166 75.6 1948 Ned Garver-P (living)
203 48.1 1948 Ted Kluszewski-1B (1988)
187 53.2 1950 Jackie Jensen-RF (1982)
184 53.6 1947 Earl Torgeson-1B (1990)
187 48.5 1942 Elmer Valo-RF (1998)
160 57.0 1949 Mike Garcia-P (1986)
180 47.7 1949 Hank Bauer-RF (living)
146 60.0 1949 Johnny Antonelli-P (living)
138 51.8 1947 Gerry Staley-RP (living)
110 36.3 1945 Del Rice-C (1983)
099 40.3 1949 Chuck Stobbs-P (living)
096 35.8 1951 Clem ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 12, 2005 at 02:55 AM | 201 comment(s)
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Diomedes Olivo

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 12, 2005 at 02:26 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Willie Jones

Eligible in 1966.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 07, 2005 at 02:32 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Monday, December 05, 2005

1966 Ballot

Newbies: The guy that John Wayne used to play in the movies, Alvin Dark, and Don Newcombe.

Top returnees: Joe Medwick, Red Ruffing, Bob Lemon, Biz Mackey, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, and Cool Papa Bell.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 05, 2005 at 03:07 PM | 117 comment(s)
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Friday, December 02, 2005

Diamond Mind League using all-time great players disk

Thinking of starting a Diamond-Mind league using the all-time greatest players disk.

I was thinking something like maybe using the DM disk, and the salaries from one of the ESPN or Fox leagues to keep teams from being entirely made up of Hall of Famers, etc..

A couple of other ideas . . .

All games are played head-to-head, no simming (except for vactions, etc.). Maybe play two series a week, probably wouldn’t mean more than 2-3 hours a week in terms of a time commitment, some people spend ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 02, 2005 at 07:22 AM | 12 comment(s)
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Monday, November 28, 2005

1965 Results: Doby is Hall of Merit Bound; Slaughter Makes a “Mad Dash” Into It, Too!

In his first year of eligibility, Negro League and major league standout Larry Doby took the top spot for induction by obtaining 62% of all possible points. He entered the HoM 33 years earlier than his election to the Hall of Fame.

Another newbie, Cardinal and Yankee star Enos Slaughter won the second induction spot with 60% of all possible points (twenty years earlier than he did with the HOF).

Rounding out the top-ten were: Joe Medwick, Red Ruffing, Bob Lemon, Biz Mackey, Eppa Rixey, Clark ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 28, 2005 at 03:31 AM | 55 comment(s)
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1966 Ballot Discussion

1966 (December 12)-elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

555 169.3 1939 Ted Williams-LF (2002)
226 61.8 1948 Alvin Dark-SS (living)
205 61.8 1947 Bobby Thomson-CF/LF (living)
194 59.9 1951 Gil McDougald-2B/3B (living)
176 65.0 1949 Don Newcombe-P (living)
173 63.7 1949 Willie Jones-3B (1983)
152 65.1 1948 Bob Rush-P (living)
166 45.4 1949 Ray Boone-3B/SS (2004)
137 49.6 1942 Jim Hegan-C (1984)
156 40.7 1945 Whitey Lockman-1B/LF (living)
107 28.8 1950 Irv Noren-CF/LF (living)
105 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 28, 2005 at 03:26 AM | 96 comment(s)
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Marvin Williams

Eligible in 1967.

Born/Died: 12 Feb 1920 - 23 Dec. 2000

Career: 1943-1950

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 28, 2005 at 03:12 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Bob Boyd

Eligible in 1967.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 28, 2005 at 03:11 AM | 7 comment(s)
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Alvin Dark

Eligible in 1966.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 28, 2005 at 03:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
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Ted Williams

Eligible in 1966.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 28, 2005 at 03:07 AM | 27 comment(s)
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Monday, November 21, 2005

1965 Ballot

IMPORTANT: We’re testing out the 20-man ballot this week!

Newbies: Larry Doby, Enos Slaughter, Mickey Vernon, Bobby Avila, Murry Dickson, and Hank Sauer.

Returnees: Red Ruffing, Joe Medwick, Bob Lemon, Biz Mackey, Eppa Rixey, Clark Griffith, George Van Haltren, and George Sisler.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 21, 2005 at 03:37 PM | 86 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Virtual Cy Young Awards, based on MVP Ballots, 1931-66

General conclusions from looking at the 1967-2005 MVP and Cy Young votes.

Relievers finish ahead of starters all the time in the MVP vote, sometimes by wide margins. Unless they 1) win the MVP part by a gigantic margin or 2) have an enormous save total or 3) the starter they beat has a very low point total; the starter wins the Cy Young Award. If a reliever beats a starter by a small margin and both have decent totals in the MVP vote, the starter wins (and usually trounces) him in the Cy Young ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 17, 2005 at 01:37 PM | 74 comment(s)
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

1964 Results: Southern Boys Reese and Ferrell Add Two More Names to the Hall of Merit!

In his first year of eligibility, Brooklyn Dodgers captain Pee Wee Reese easily nabbed the first spot for induction with 69% of all possible points.

In his 21st year on a ballot, Cleveland and Boston pitching star Wes Ferrell earned the second spot for the election. His 40% of all possible points is one of the lowest in HoM history.

Top-ten returnees include: Red Ruffing, Joe Medwick, Bob Lemon (his first year of eligibility, he looks poised for induction himself one of these years), Biz ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 15, 2005 at 01:12 AM | 32 comment(s)
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Monday, November 14, 2005

1965 Ballot Discussion

1965 (November 28)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

323 97.2 1938 Enos Slaughter-RF (2002)
296 77.6 1939 Mickey Vernon-1B (living)
268 77.3 1942 Larry Doby-CF (2003)
204 85.5 1942 Murray Dickson-P (1989)
220 68.9 1944 Andy Pafko-CF/RF (living)
217 68.7 1946 Carl Furillo-RF (1989)
233 62.1 1946 Del Ennis-LF (1996)
174 52.3 1945 Hank Sauer-LF (2001)
175 50.2 1950 Bobby Avila-2B (2004)
144 41.2 1948 Granny Hamner-SS/2B (1993)
132 40.4 1950 Chico Carrasquel-SS (living)
125 29.8 1949 Gus ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 14, 2005 at 01:07 AM | 172 comment(s)
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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Hank Sauer

Eligible in 1965.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2005 at 11:27 PM | 30 comment(s)
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Mickey Vernon

Eligible in 1965.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2005 at 11:25 PM | 34 comment(s)
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Murry Dickson

Eligible in 1965.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2005 at 11:24 PM | 11 comment(s)
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Don Newcombe

Eligible in 1966.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2005 at 11:22 PM | 103 comment(s)
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Enos Slaughter

Eligible in 1965.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 13, 2005 at 11:22 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Any info on the Chicago Mills?

I received the following note today, can any of you help?

——-Original Message——-
From: msmapper1@yahoo.com [mailto:msmapper1@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 11:38 AM
Subject: The Chicago Mills

Hi there,

My name is Jennifer and I am trying to search for any information on the Chicago Mills baseball team from the 30’s into the early 40’s. My late grandfather (Raplh Miller Billows)was a member of this team and I trying to do some research, to get any information possible on his ...

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Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 10, 2005 at 03:06 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Monday, November 07, 2005

1964 Ballot

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: November 07, 2005 at 02:46 PM | 125 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bobby Avila

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: November 03, 2005 at 02:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
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Monday, October 24, 2005

1963 Results: Campanella and Irvin Get the Hall of Merit Certificate of Approval!

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 24, 2005 at 02:04 PM | 26 comment(s)
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1964 Ballot Discussion

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 24, 2005 at 02:43 AM | 134 comment(s)
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Sal Maglie

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 24, 2005 at 02:42 AM | 54 comment(s)
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Virgil Trucks

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 24, 2005 at 02:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Bob Lemon

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 24, 2005 at 02:39 AM | 159 comment(s)
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Pee Wee Reese

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: October 24, 2005 at 02:37 AM | 44 comment(s)
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