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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

1915 Results - Davis, Dahlen Elected

For the first time since 1903 (Cap Anson and Roger Connor), two first-time eligibles were elected to the Hall of Merit, as George Davis and Bill Dahlen, two turn of the century shortstops breezed to election. Davis was named first on 33 of 44 ballots (second on 8 others), Dahlen was named first on 5 ballots and second on 27.

Harry Stovey held his place as the top returning player and finished 3rd. Joe Kelley was the second runner-up again. Jimmy Collins slipped past Charlie Bennett for 5th and Bennett dropped to 6th.

Sam Thompson finished 7th. Joe McGinnity passed Hugh Duffy for 8th and Duffy finished 9th. Frank Grant rounded out the top 10.

Rk   LY  Player             Pts Bal    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
 1  n/e  George Davis      1011  43   33  8  1  1                                 
 2  n/e  Bill Dahlen        939  44    5 27  3  5  2  1        1                  
 3    2  Harry Stovey       601  41       2 10  5  5  2  1  3  3  2  2  3  1  2   
 4    3  Joe Kelley         580  42          6  4  3  6  5  5  1  6  2  1  3      
 5    5  Jimmy Collins      536  39       2     4  5  5  4  6  6  1  2  1  1  1  1
 6    4  Charlie Bennett    523  34    1  1  8  8  4     4     3     1     2  2   
 7    6  Sam Thompson       415  30    2     3  4  3  3  1  3     4  2  1  1     3
 8    8  Joe McGinnity      389  28    2  1  3  1  4  1  3  3  2     1  2  1  3  1
 9    7  Hugh Duffy         385  34          1     3  3  4  4  2  1  4  4  2  3  3
10    9  Frank Grant        356  29       1     1  1  8     4  2  2  1  5     3  1
11   10  Jimmy Ryan         349  29             1  2  1  5  5  5  1  3  4     1  1
12   13  George Van Haltren 313  28             2     3  2  3  2  3  4  3  2  3  1
13   11  Lip Pike           293  21       1  2  4  2  2  1  2     3  1     1  1  1
14   16  Bob Caruthers      278  23       1  1  2  2  1  1  1  2  3  2  1  3  1  2
15   12  Jake Beckley       259  23          1     2     5     2  3  4  1  1  1  3
16   14  Hughie Jennings    235  21          3  1     1        3  5  1  1     3  3
17   15  Dickey Pearce      221  18                3  1  3  1  3  3  1  1  1  1   
18   19  Pete Browning      197  17    1           1  1  2  1  1  2  2  3     2  1
19   17  Clark Griffith     151  15                1  1        3  1  1  3  2  2  1
20   20  Jim McCormick      111  11                   1  1  1     1  1  1  4  1   
21   18  Cupid Childs       109  12                1     1  1  1           1  4  3
22   22  Mickey Welch       100  10.5        1  1                 1  1     2  1  3.5
23   21  Mike Tiernan        82   9                      1     1     1  1  3  1  1
24   23  Charley Jones       65   8                               1  2     1  2  2
25   27  John McGraw         64   7                   2                    1  2  2
26   25  Fielder Jones       58   7                                     4  2     1
27   26  Ed Williamson       48   7                                        2  2  3
28   24  Lave Cross          44   5                                  1  2  2      
29   30  Tony Mullane        38   5                                  1     2     2
30   32  Harry Wright        32   3                         1        1  1         
31   28  Mike Griffin        30   3                               1  1  1         
32   29  Herman Long         27   3.5                                1     1     1.5
33   33  Tip O'Neill         24   2          1                                   1
34   31  Jim Whitney         15   1                   1                           
35  n/e  Jack Chesbro        14   2                                        1     1
36   35  Tommy Bond          12   1                            1                  
37   37T Levi Meyerle         8   1                                        1      
38T  39  Bobby Mathews        7   1                                           1   
38T n/e  Jesse Tannehill      7   1                                           1   
40   nr  Silver King          6   1                                              1
Dropped Out: Deacon McGuire (34), Fred Dunlap (36), Bill Hutchison (37T).

Sorry the results are late, and thanks to John Murphy, Ron Wargo, Patrick W and Eric C for sending along tallys. It’s an enormous help and much appreciated.

Joey Numbaz (Scruff) Posted: December 10, 2003 at 08:24 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. jimd Posted: December 10, 2003 at 08:45 PM (#520097)
Gee, I thought they were elected last year ;-)
   2. Marc Posted: December 10, 2003 at 08:48 PM (#520098)
Joe, I think there were a total of 44 ballots but due to tabbing issues I am not 100% positive. Is 44 right?
   3. Philip Posted: December 11, 2003 at 08:56 AM (#520099)
Marc,

Just count the number of #1 votes and you will see it is 44.
   4. Brian Posted: December 12, 2003 at 08:55 PM (#520101)
I echo Sean's comment,...Bill Dahlen is one of the most deserving candidates who was never elected to the other hall...
   5. DanG Posted: December 12, 2003 at 09:19 PM (#520102)
Percent of HOM by position

I use two different measures. Seasons before 1871 are not included. Here is the percentage of seasons played as regular at each position among our 30 HoMers:

P: 18.9
   6. OCF Posted: December 12, 2003 at 11:34 PM (#520105)
The positional data do seem to show that SS and CF are overrepresented. We don't want anything to get too extreme, but in the long run I'm comfortable with having a few more SS and a few more CF. As the examples of George Davis and Honus Wagner demonstrate, if you have a great athlete who could play anywhere and be great no matter how you used him, you get the highest value for your team by using him as a shortstop. And center field... I like to do post-season year-by-year all-star teams, and there have been a number of recent years in which I felt that the "you gotta have a CF" rule that I use was forcing me to use players of a caliber distinctly below the rest of the all-stars. It isn't easy to play CF and there's often a shortage of talent there - but at the same time, the greatest of the great outfielders are not scarce in CF: Cobb, Speaker, Charleston, Mays, Mantle. CF attracts great players precisely because of its difficulty.
   7. Paul Wendt Posted: December 12, 2003 at 11:55 PM (#520106)
DanG,
   8. Paul Wendt Posted: December 13, 2003 at 12:35 AM (#520107)
How many Center Fielders?

OCF (#9)
   9. DanG Posted: December 13, 2003 at 01:12 AM (#520108)
Paul Wendt wrote:

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