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Hall of Merit
— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Monday, June 26, 2006

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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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Milt Pappas

Eligible in 1979.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:34 PM | 37 comment(s)
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Felipe Alou

Eligible in 1979.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:29 PM | 5 comment(s)
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Johnny Callison

Eligible in 1979.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:23 PM | 12 comment(s)
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Frank Howard

Eligible in 1979.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:18 PM | 79 comment(s)
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Luis Aparicio

Eligible in 1979.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:13 PM | 68 comment(s)
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Willie Mays

Eligible in 1979.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 11, 2006 at 11:10 PM | 110 comment(s)
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Friday, June 09, 2006

Hall of Merit at the SABR Convention

So who is gong to be in Seattle at the end of the month? I’m arriving Tuesday evening, staying until late Sunday night. John isn’t going to be able to make it this year.

JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: June 09, 2006 at 06:14 AM | 28 comment(s)
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Sunday, June 04, 2006

1978 Ballot

Top new candidates: Roberto Clemente, Hoyt Wilhelm, Bill Mazeroski, and Maury Wills.

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

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: June 04, 2006 at 11:06 PM | 125 comment(s)
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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

1977 Results: Though No Postseason For Them, the Hall of Merit Still Says Yes to Banks and Bunning!

In his first year of eligibility, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks was elected with an impressive 95% of all possible points to become a new member of the Hall of Merit.

In his also his first year on the ballot, Tiger and Phillie ace Jim Bunning became the 150th inductee of the HoM by attaining 38% of all possible points.

Poor George Sisler was the bridesmaid again by losing out to Bunning in the late innings. His day will come, but not today.

Rounding out the tp-ten were: José Méndez, Cannonball ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 30, 2006 at 10:17 PM | 63 comment(s)
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Sunday, May 28, 2006

1978 Ballot Discussion

1978 (Jun 12)—elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

377 122.4 1955 Roberto Clemente-RF (1972)
256 92.4 1952 Hoyt Wilhelm-RP (2002)
219 86.5 1956 Bill Mazeroski-2B
253 71.6 1959 Maury Wills-SS
179 56.5 1962 Tom Haller-C (2004)
194 44.7 1964 Don Buford-LF/2B
148 48.2 1964 Wes Parker-1B
162 41.2 1961 Don Mincher-1B
145 42.9 1960 Ron Hansen-SS
133 47.9 1963 Gary Peters-P
135 43.4 1960 Julian Javier-2B
119 45.1 1962 Joe Horlen-P
136 38.5 1962 Donn Clendenon-1B
108 42.4 1956 Moe Drabowsky-RP
115 ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 28, 2006 at 07:55 PM | 136 comment(s)
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Denny McLain

Eligible in 1978.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 28, 2006 at 06:57 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Maury Wills

Eligible in 1978.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 28, 2006 at 06:56 PM | 80 comment(s)
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Bill Mazeroski

Eligible in 1978.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 28, 2006 at 06:54 PM | 52 comment(s)
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Hoyt Wilhelm

Eligible in 1978.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 28, 2006 at 06:52 PM | 196 comment(s)
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Roberto Clemente Walker

Eligible in 1978.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 28, 2006 at 06:51 PM | 152 comment(s)
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Monday, May 22, 2006

1977 Ballot

Prominent newbies: Ernie Banks and Jim Bunning.

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

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 22, 2006 at 12:11 PM | 110 comment(s)
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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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