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Monday, September 01, 2003

1908 Results - Sutton Elected

Ezra Sutton has been elected to the Hall of Merit. Sutton comfortably topped a tight field with 762 points, beating Joe Start (698), Bid McPhee (678) and Pud Galvin (662).

Cal McVey finished 5th, narrowly edging Harry Stovey. Charlie Bennett was 7th, Hugh Duffy finished 8th, Sam Thompson was 9th and Hughie Jennings, in his first year of eligibility rounded out the top 10.

RK   LY Player          Pts Ballots  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
 1    2 Ezra Sutton     762   40.5  14  8  6  2  3  1  1     2  1  1        1  0.5
 2    3 Joe Start       698   39.5   8  6  8  4  3  6     1  1           1     1.5
 3    4 Bid McPhee      678   41.0   7  3  3 10  5  3  3  1     1     1  2  1  1
 4    5 Pud Galvin      662   40.0   2  9  7  6  7     4        1  2  1     1
 5    6 Cal McVey       601   38.0   3  3  8  8  5        1  2  2  3  1     2
 6    7 Harry Stovey    593   40.0   3  4  1  1  3  6  5 10  1  2  2  2
 7    8 Charlie Bennett 536   36.0   2  4  2  3  2  8  5     3  3  2     1     1
 8    9 Hugh Duffy      491   40.0         1  3  3  6  4  4  4  1  4  3  3  2  2
 9   10 Sam Thompson    461   38.0   1  3  1     1  2  4  4  7     4  3  3  3  2
10  n/a Hughie Jennings 381   34.0   1  2  1        1  3  1  1  9  2  3  6  1  3
11   11 Cupid Childs    321   30.0         1  1  2     2  2  5  1  4  1  5  4  2
12   13 Mike Tiernan    290   30.0   1              2     4  2  1  1  4  4  5  6
13   12 Pete Browning   282   28.0         1     1  1     3  2  4  3  4  1  4  4
14   14 Lip Pike        260   22.0               3  3  2  3  2  3     2     1  3
15   15 Bob Caruthers   188   14.0         2  1  1     4  1  3              2
16   17 Ed Williamson   168   19.0                  1           2  2  4  5  5
17   16 Mike Griffin    166   17.0               1     1     2     5  2  3  2  1
18   18 Jim McCormick   163   15.0            1     2     1  1  3  2  2  1     2
19   19 Dickey Pearce   138   12.0            1  1        2  2  3        2     1
20   20 Mickey Welch     80    8.0            1        1     1        2     1  2
21   24 Tony Mullane     54    6.0                        1        1  2     1  1
22   22 Charley Jones*   48    5.0                              2  1  1     1
23   21 Jim Whitney      48    4.0               1     1              2
24   23 Harry Wright     44    4.0                     1  1     1              1
25   25 Tip O'Neill      36    3.0                     1  1           1
26   26 Fred Dunlap      35    4.0                        1              2     1
27   28 Jack Clements    25    3.0                                 1     1  1
28   29 Billy Nash       24    3.0                              1           1  1
29   27 Bud Fowler       22    3.0                                    1     1  1
30  n/a Dummy Hoy        20    3.0                                       1     2
31   31 Tom York         19    3.0                                          1  2
32   30 Dave Foutz       17    2.0                                 1        1
33   32 Tommy Bond       12    1.0                           1
34  34T Bill Hutchison   11    1.0                              1
35   36 Levi Meyerle     10    1.0                                 1
36   33 Elmer Smith       8    1.0                                       1
37   -- Silver King       6    1.0                                             1
*Won tiebreaker over Whitney, ranked higher on more ballots.
Dropped Out: Nig Cuppy (34T), Jack Stivetts (37), Denny Lyons (38).
Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: September 01, 2003 at 06:46 PM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 01, 2003 at 07:06 PM (#517428)
Joe:

Did you count that duplicate Jim Spencer ballot twice?
   2. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 01, 2003 at 07:13 PM (#517429)
At any rate, Sutton is still going to be the winner. It's easy to say "what took you so long," but considering that the vast majority of us didn't know who the hell he was a year ago, I'm actually amazed how fast he did go in. Chris Cobb's work broke the logjam that lead to his election, so he should get a big chunk of the credit for his climb upward...

... and Dickey Pearce still makes his inexorable climb to the top! :-)
   3. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: September 01, 2003 at 07:15 PM (#517430)
John -

Joe's numbers match up with mine, and I know I don't have the Spencer ballot twice.
   4. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 01, 2003 at 07:28 PM (#517431)
Yeah, it looks like I missed a ballot. I get snow blindness when I check the ballots sometimes. :-)
   5. sean gilman Posted: September 01, 2003 at 08:48 PM (#517432)
Following ed's suggestion, the HOM game this year is the rubber match in the 'Merkle Series' between the Cubs and Giants.
   6. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 01, 2003 at 09:35 PM (#517433)
I missed Carl Goetz's ballot. I don't know why, since he had Ezra #1. :-)
   7. Marc Posted: September 01, 2003 at 09:51 PM (#517434)
I am really bothered by the fact that Ezra Sutton has been elected by a quirk in the voting system. Joe Start made the top 6 on 35 ballots, Sutton only 34! We must revamp our voting system now!
   8. Marc Posted: September 01, 2003 at 09:52 PM (#517435)
OK, who got the joke?

I am just kidding, everybody relax!
   9. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 01, 2003 at 09:56 PM (#517436)
I am just kidding, everybody relax!

It wasn't malicious, so he shouldn't be upset with you. :-)
   10. Rusty Priske Posted: September 02, 2003 at 04:43 PM (#517441)
There you go. The error wasn't an extra run. It was that they never listed Steinfeldt as scoring.
   11. DanG Posted: September 03, 2003 at 03:42 AM (#517443)
With Sutton's election, the top nine players from the first ballot are now HoMers. Here are the results from 1898:

1. D.White 657 29
   12. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 03, 2003 at 04:35 PM (#517445)
McVey should go in eventually, too. Pike and O'Neill (definitely Tip) won't make it.
   13. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: September 04, 2003 at 05:30 AM (#517447)
'bout time Sutton got in. Now let's elect that Start fella.

Feeling OK, Mark? :-)
   14. Marc Posted: March 29, 2004 at 09:40 PM (#517450)
Gotta admire anybody who would sign their name to this message. Welcome, cariann. You gonna submit a ballot?

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