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Monday, July 21, 2003

1905 Results - Radbourn and Richardson Elected

Charlie Radbourn and Hardy Richardson have been elected to the Hall of Merit. Radbourn finished first with 706 points and was named on all but one ballot. He is our second posthumous inductee (King Kelly was the first), Old Hoss passed on in February 1897, he was just 42.

Richardson (who was the only player named on all 41 ballots) finished second with 660 points, beating Pud Galvin by 26 points. Richardson’s margin over Galvin was the 2nd closest to date, George Wright beat Jack Glasscock by 21 points in 1901 (Glasscock was elected in 1904).

In 1906 just one new player will be elected and the battle will be tighter than ever. Newcomer Bid McPhee finished 4th, four points behind Galvin, and Al Spalding and Ezra Sutton were tied for 5th, just four points behind McPhee. Both jumped over Joe Start, who finished 7th, but just 29 points behind Galvin.

Harry Stovey held his spot among the returnees and finished 8th with 533 points. Cal McVey jumped over Sam Thompson and Charlie Bennett to finish 9th with 486 points. Thompson rounded out the top 10 with 436 points.

RK   LY  Player       Pts Ballots  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1     3  C.Radbourn   706   40.0   9  5  4  2  4  1  7  3  2  1  1     1
2     4  H.Richardson 660   41.0   3  2  5  6  8  7  2  3  1  1     3
3     5  P.Galvin     634   39.0   4  3  5  8  5  2  2  2  3  1     2  1     1
4   n/a  B.McPhee     630   39.0   5  3  3  6  3  2  6  3  2  2  2  2
5     7  A.Spalding*  626   37.0   7  6  5  3  1  1  1  1  1  4  4  2     1
6     8  E.Sutton     626   36.5   4 10  4  3  1  2  2  3     1  2  2        2.5
7     6  J.Start      605   36.5   6  3  2  6  2  5  2  4  3  1  1        1  0.5
8     9  H.Stovey     533   40.0      3  4     3  4  2  4  6  5  2  3  2  2
9    12  C.McVey      486   33.0   1  3  4  1  7  4  1  3     2  1  2  1  3
10   10  S.Thompson   436   35.5   1  2  2  1  1  2  2  2  4  4  3  4  3  4  0.5
11   11  C.Bennett    423   33.0   1     1  1  1  5  5  2  8  4        3  1  1
12   13  P.Browning   301   30.0               3     3  1  1     6  4  7  4  1
13  n/a  M.Tiernan    279   29.5      1              2  3  2  3  2  2  3  1 10.5
14   14  B.Caruthers  223   19.0         1  3     1  1  2  2  1  1  2  2  2  1
15   16  L.Pike       189   19.0                  2  1  1  1  4  2  2     2  4
16   15  M.Griffin    170   20.0                  1        1  1  3  2  3  6  3
17   19  J.McCormick  136   15.0         1              2        3  1  2  1  5
18   17  E.Williamson 122   15.0                              1  2  4  2  3  3
19   18  M.Welch       96   11.0                           2  1  1  2     3  2
20   20  D.Pearce      69    7.0               1        1     1        2  1  1
21   21  T.Mullane     55    6.0                              1  2  1  1  1
22  n/a  B.Fowler      52    4.0               1  1           1  1
23   22  F.Dunlap^     51    7.0                                    1  2  2  2
24   23  J.Whitney     51    5.0                  1  1                 1  2
25   25  T.O'Neill     40    3.0            1           1        1
26   24  J.Clements    27    3.0                              1        2
27   26  B.Nash        18    2.0                           1                 1
28   31  C.Jones       16    2.0                                       2
29   27  B.Joyce       14    1.0                     1
30   --  D.Lyons       13    2.0                                          1  1
31   28  D.Foutz       12    1.0                           1
32   30  B.Hutchison   10    1.0                                 1
33   29  L.Meyerle      8    1.0                                       1
34   32  D.Orr          6    1.0                                             1
Dropped Out: none.
*won 2nd tie-breaker (# of ballots named on, 37-36.5). First tie-breaker was 20-20
(head-to-head on individual ballots)
^won tie-breaker, 7-5 (head-to-head on individual ballots)
Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: July 21, 2003 at 06:21 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. MattB Posted: July 21, 2003 at 07:05 PM (#515775)
Well, you know what they say:

Eighth time's a charm!
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: July 21, 2003 at 07:14 PM (#515776)
Well, the tribe has spoken: All but five of us agreed that Hardy Richardson was NOT an HOMer yet. That's a lower 1-2 total than six other players.
   3. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: July 21, 2003 at 07:55 PM (#515777)
I thought Hardy belonged, so I'm happy he made it. I have no problem with Old Hoss, either (if we are going to elect four pitchers per generation).
   4. Chris Cobb Posted: July 21, 2003 at 08:03 PM (#515779)
<i>This election to a great extent was decided by those who didn't place several contenders even among the top 10-15. Not criticizing that necessarily, but that's that.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: July 21, 2003 at 08:43 PM (#515780)
These are decent choices, I'll admit. Not sure that 'compromise candidates' are the best way to go, but that's how it worked out.
   6. Jeff M Posted: July 21, 2003 at 09:36 PM (#515781)
Howie:

That's an appealing idea...letting the family members know that their formerly unrecognized great grandfather or grandfather finally got some recognition from a fairly sophisticated set of baseball minds (present company excluded). It ain't official, but it ain't half bad.

Fun to think about.
   7. Sean Gilman Posted: July 22, 2003 at 06:26 AM (#515782)
any suggestions for a HOM game this year? Or has the novelty worn off?
   8. jimd Posted: July 22, 2003 at 04:33 PM (#515785)
Somebody in another thread suggested an all Philadelphia game. An all New York game would also be interesting. We know how the 1905 World Series turned out (Mathewson defeated Plank 3-0 in Game I).
   9. sean gilman Posted: July 22, 2003 at 07:15 PM (#515786)
OK I must have missed that. Here's the All-Philadelphia HOM Game, Rube Waddell vs. Kid Nichols:

http://www.whatifsports.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?GameID=9661945&ad=1

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