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— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Stan Musial

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:45 PM | 50 comment(s)
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Yogi Berra

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:44 PM | 110 comment(s)
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Early Wynn

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:42 PM | 89 comment(s)
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Minnie Minoso

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:42 PM | 132 comment(s)
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Sherm Lollar

Eligible in 1969.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:41 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Vic Wertz

Eligible in 1969

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:39 PM | 17 comment(s)
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Luis Marquez

Eligible in 1970.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 18, 2006 at 07:37 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Monday, January 16, 2006

1968 Ballot

Notable new candidates: Richie Ashburn, Red Schoendienst, and Eddie Yost.

Returnees: Eppa Rixey, Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George Sisler, George Van Haltren, Cool Papa Bell, Jake Beckley, and Cannonball Dick Redding.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 16, 2006 at 01:25 PM | 140 comment(s)
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Monday, January 09, 2006

2006 HOF Results: Blyleven, Gossage, and Trammell are the BTF Picks!

Chosen last year as worthy of election (part of a group that included HOF inductees Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg), pitching star Bert Blyleven was easily picked again with a more than impressive 96% of the 102 ballots cast this year (only 74 more ballots than last year :-). Blyleven also received a robust 96% in 2005.

Another BTF pick of last year, fireman par excellance Rich “Goose” Gossage, easily passed the 75% threshold with our group. He had 87% of our electorate’s support (he had 93% ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 09, 2006 at 11:10 PM | 14 comment(s)
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1968 Ballot Discussion

1968 (January 18)-elect 2
WS W3 Rookie Name-Pos (Died)

329 106.0 1948 Richie Ashburn-CF (1997)
262 85.6 1945 Red Schoendienst-2B (living)
267 65.4 1647 Eddie Yost-3B (living)
228 63.5 1946 Gene Woodling-LF (2001)
175 46.2 1950 Gus Bell-CF/RF (1995)
170 42.5 1948 Billy Goodman-2B/1B (1984)
142 36.2 1947 Dave Philley-RF/CF (living)
134 35.2 1952 Bob Nieman-LF (1985)
107 36.0 1950 Danny O’Connell-2B (1969)
112 29.5 1951 Jim Busby-CF (1996)

Players Passing Away in 1967
HoMers
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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 09, 2006 at 02:21 PM | 250 comment(s)
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Monday, January 02, 2006

2006 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot

IMPORTANT: Please read:

This election should follow BBWAA rules, not Hall of Merit rules. However, we hope to see only players that each voter feels belong on their ballots - if you don’t feel he really is a HOFer, then please refrain from posting that player’s name. Leaving 1st-year candidates off your ballot is also frowned upon. IOW, we would like to see an absence of some of the silliness that permeates Hall of Fame voting by the writers.

The election will end next Monday (8 PM EST).

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: January 02, 2006 at 02:16 PM | 207 comment(s)
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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

1967 Results: The Hall of Merit is Just “Ducky” Over Medwick - Lemon Also Not Considered a “Lemon!”

In his fourteenth year of eligibility, Cardinal and Dodger slugger Joe Medwick claimed the top spot for immortality with 45% of all possible points.

In his fourth year on the ballot, Cleveland Indians’ ace pitcher Bob Lemon was inducted into the HoM with 42% of all possible points.

None of the newly eligible made any impact upon the electorate this “year.”

A record 81 names appeared on a ballot for this election.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Eppa Rixey, Biz Mackey, Clark Griffith, George ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 27, 2005 at 12:51 AM | 66 comment(s)
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Monday, December 26, 2005

2006 BTF Hall of Fame Ballot Discussion

We’ll have one week of discussion and then the ballot thread will be posted next Monday (the election will end on Jan. 9).

The eligible candiates are: Rick Aguilera*, Albert Belle*, Bert Blyleven, Will Clark*, Dave Concepcion, Andre Dawson, Gary DiSarcina*, Alex Fernandez*, Gary Gaetti*, Steve Garvey, Dwight Gooden*, Rich Gossage, Ozzie Guillen*, Orel Hershiser*, Gregg Jeffries*, Tommy John, Doug Jones*, Don Mattingly, Willie McGee, Hal Morris*, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Jim Rice, ...

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John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 26, 2005 at 04:46 PM | 147 comment(s)
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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Tetelo Vargas

Born: 1906
Died 1971
Teams: Cuban Stars (1927-31); Venezuela (1930s);  New York Cubans (1938-39, 1941-44); Mexican League (1952-53); Puerto Rico (1940s)
Positions: RF, LF, CF, SS, 2B
Nickname: The Dominican Deer

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 24, 2005 at 05:27 PM | 6 comment(s)
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Friday, December 23, 2005

Eddie Yost

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 23, 2005 at 12:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
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Red Schoendienst

Eligible in 1968.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 23, 2005 at 12:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Richie Ashburn

Eligible in 1968.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 23, 2005 at 12:44 AM | 55 comment(s)
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Monday, December 19, 2005

1967 Ballot

Prominent newbies: Marvin Williams

Returnees: Joe Medwick, Bob Lemon, Biz Mackey, Eppa Rixey, George Sisler, Clark Griffith, and Cool Papa Bell.

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: December 19, 2005 at 02:03 PM | 91 comment(s)
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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 05:03 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 01:55 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 01:26 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 01:32 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 02:07 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 06:22 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 02:31 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 02:26 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 02:12 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 02:11 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 02:09 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 02:07 AM | 27 comment(s)
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