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Monday, March 07, 2005

1946 Ballot Results: Sluggers Turkey Stearnes and Al Simmons are the Latest Hall of Merit Additions!

With the most votes for this election, Detroit Stars’ legend Turkey Stearnes gained admission into the Hall of Merit in his first year of eligibility with 97% of the vote. He also has the honor of becoming the twelfth Negro Leaguer to receive HoM recognition.

In also his first year of eligibility, Philadelphia Athletics’ star Al Simmons trailed Stearnes only slightly with an impressive 94% of the vote to win the second spot.

Mule Suttles had a fine debut and appears to be a force to be reckoned with.

Rounding out the top-ten were: John Beckwith, Eppa Rixey, Earl Averill, Wes Ferrell, Clark Griffith, Hughie Jennings and George Sisler.

RK   LY  Player                   PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
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 1  n/e  Turkey Stearnes         1232   53  35 15     1  1     1                        
 2  n/e  Al Simmons              1192   53  17 28  7           1                        
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 3  n/e  Mule Suttles             758   51      3  9  6  4  8  5  5  1  4  1  2  2     1
 4    3  John Beckwith            602   44      2  7  5  7  2  1  4  2  3  2     2  2  5
 5    4  Eppa Rixey               424   34      1  1  1  2  6  2  3  5  5  2  1     3  2
 6  n/e  Earl Averill             376   34            3  1  4     3  3  3  3  6  4  1  3
 7    7  Wes Ferrell              374   30      1  2  4  3  2  1  1  1  3  2  1  5  4   
 8    5  Clark Griffith           355   28         1  4  2  4  4  1  2  1  1  3  2  2  1
 9    6  Hughie Jennings          342   25         5  4  2  2  1  2  3     1     1  4   
10    9  George Sisler            306   25   1     3  1  4     1  1  1  2  3  1  2  1  4
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11   11  Jake Beckley             293   23      1  2  2  2  2        5  2  2  1  1  1  2
12   12  Hugh Duffy               291   25         1     4  2  3  2  1  1  1  3  3  3  1
13   10  George Van Haltren       282   21      1  3  2  1  1  2  2  2  2     3     1  1
14    8  Joe Sewell               270   20         1  2  5  2  1  2  1  2  1  2        1
15   13  Edd Roush                260   23            2  2     1  2  2  3  4  3  2  2   
16   14  Rube Waddell             248   23         1  1     1  1  2  2  5  2  2  2  1  3
17   16  Mickey Welch             203   14         4  2  2  1        2     2           1
18   15  Tommy Leach              198   19            1  1  1  1  2  2  1  2     2  3  3
19   24  Dick Lundy               183   16         1  2  1  1     3  1  1        1     5
20   17  Cupid Childs             179   16            1     1  2  3  2  1  1  1     2  2
21   18  Pete Browning            160   12         1  1  1  2  2  2           2     1   
22   20  Cannonball Dick Redding  153   12            2     1     3  3     2  1         
23   22  Burleigh Grimes          152   13            2  1     2     1  2  2     1     2
24   19  Roger Bresnahan          150   14               1  1  1  1  2  2  1  1     3  1
25   21  Charley Jones            140   10         1  1  3  1        2     1     1      
26   23  José Méndez              129   12               1     2     2  1  2  2        2
27   25  Dobie Moore              122   13         1  1                 1     3  3  1  3
28   26  Bill Monroe              117   12                     3           3  1  2  2  1
29   29  Wally Schang             110    9      1           1  2  1        1     1  1  1
30   27  Larry Doyle               99    9                  1  2     1  1  2        1  1
31  n/e  Dizzy Dean                91    8            1  1  1     1           1  1  1  1
32   30  Sam Rice                  87    7               1  1  2        1     1  1      
33   31  Pie Traynor               81    8         1              1        1  2  1  2   
34   28  Jimmy Ryan                79    7                  1  3                 2     1
35   33  Gavy Cravath              69    6         1        1        1        1  1  1   
36   36T Ben Taylor                42    4                     1     1        1     1   
37T  42  Ed Cicotte                41    4                  1              1  1     1   
37T  35  Carl Mays                 41    4            1                       1  1  1   
37T  36T John McGraw               41    4                     1        1     1     1   
40   34  Kiki Cuyler               36    4                     1                 1  2   
41   32  George J. Burns           35    3                        1  1     1            
42T  56  Buzz Arlett               31    3                     1              1  1      
42T n/e  Wally Berger              31    3                     1        1              1
44   38T Harry Hooper              29    3                              1     2         
45T  46T Addie Joss                28    3                                 2     1      
45T  41  Tony Lazzeri              28    3                        1              1  1   
47   40  Vic Willis                26    3                              1        1  1   
48   38T Spotswood Poles           26    2                  1           1               
49   43  Ed Williamson             23    3                                       2  1   
50   51  Bobby Veach               18    2                                 1     1      
51  n/e  Newt Allen                14    1                     1                        
52T  53T Tommy Bond                13    1                        1                     
52T  48  Ed Konetchy               13    1                        1                     
52T  53T Dolf Luque                13    1                        1                     
52T n/e  Tony Mullane              13    1                        1                     
56   52  Heinie Manush             12    2                                             2
57   49  Fred Dunlap               12    1                           1                  
58  n/e  Jack Quinn                11    1                              1               
59T  57T Wilbur Cooper             10    1                                 1            
59T  60T Sam Leever                10    1                                 1            
59T  45  Hack Wilson               10    1                                 1            
62T  55  Fielder Jones              9    1                                    1         
62T  44  Urban Shocker              9    1                                    1         
64   57T Waite Hoyt                 8    1                                       1      
65   62T Mike Griffin               7    1                                          1   
66T  57T Donie Bush                 6    1                                             1
66T  64T Jim McCormick              6    1                                             1
Dropped Out: Dave Bancroft(64T), Frank Chance(46T), Lave Cross(64T), 
Judy Johnson(62T), Rabbit Maranville(50), Oliver Marcelle(60T),
 Ray Schalk(68), Tom York(67).

 

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 07, 2005 at 10:14 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 08, 2005 at 02:11 AM (#1186841)
Sewell dropped a bit this time.
   2. TomH Posted: March 08, 2005 at 02:26 AM (#1186862)
yes, beware my irate-ness on said matter next ballot :)
   3. OCF Posted: March 08, 2005 at 02:31 AM (#1186870)
Average consensus score +6.9. Up from 1945's -2.7, but not as high as the +9's recorded in 1943 and 1944. Highest possible score +20.

There were 3 voters at +16 and 3 at +15. In order from the top: Ardo, Chris Cobb, Howie Menckel, favre, OCF, Tiboreau. The lowest few scores: yest -9, EricC -5, karlmagnus -5, Gadfly -2.

John is probably curious about the effect of his new system: +7, right in the middle. Flaxseed, returning from a long absence, is also at +7. (When last previously heard from, he was -2 and -2 in years that averaged -3.4 and +1.1.) Trevor, with his vote officially counted, was at +12.
   4. Al Peterson Posted: March 08, 2005 at 02:44 AM (#1186894)
Interesting that Earl Averill got no higher than a 4th place vote but is 6th overall. Looks like the power of low-level but widespread support.
   5. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: March 08, 2005 at 02:47 AM (#1186901)
John is probably curious about the effect of his new system: +7, right in the middle.

I was curious, now that you mention it. :-)
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:00 AM (#1186930)
Is this the accurate Turkey Stearnes career team list?

1923-29 - Detroit Stars
1930 - Detroit/NY Lincoln Giants
1931 - Detroit Stars
1932-34 - Chicago American Giants
1935 - Chi Am Giants/Philadelphia
1936 - Philadelphia Stars
1937 - Detroit Stars
1938 - KC Monarchs/Chi Am Giants
1939-40 - KC Monarchs

seems like all fulltime seasons (well, at least half his team's games every year)
and all in the OF, correct?
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:12 AM (#1186966)
Alltime voting pts through 1946, top 15

Van Haltren still on pace to take the top spot after 1949 voting, but he's slipped a bit and the ballot only gets tougher. Should make it after 1950, but Jennings trails by just 219 and cut another 60 off the margin this year. Duffy and Beckley also will take Pike down before all's said and done.

Pike 13399
VAN HALTREN 12677.5
JENNINGS 12458
DUFFY 12440
Thompson 12349
BECKLEY 11876
Bennett 11503
BROWNING 10978.5
Caruthers 10704
GRIFITH 10484
RYAN 10122
WADDELL 9753
H Stovey 9576
CHILDS 8730
WELCH 8639

Anyone have the all-time points list for all? I had it,but my computer appears to have eaten it.
   8. DavidFoss Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:17 AM (#1186976)
Interesting that Earl Averill got no higher than a 4th place vote but is 6th overall. Looks like the power of low-level but widespread support.

He's grouped pretty tightly with slots 7-9. Anything can happen once guys in this range climb high enough to start getting elect-me bonuses.
   9. CraigK Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:26 AM (#1186990)
Great going by picking Stearnes.

One of the more underrated Negro Leaguers; he could hit the #### out of the ball, but surprisingly few know of him.
   10. Chris Cobb Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:36 AM (#1187007)
Howie,

Stearnes also appeared with the Monarchs in 1930 and with the Chi Am Giants in 1937. Both of these are additions, not changes.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:53 AM (#1187034)
Just token with both, Chris?
   12. Chris Cobb Posted: March 08, 2005 at 04:04 AM (#1187059)
Just token with both, Chris?

I'm certain the 1930 Monarchs stint was token.

I'm not sure about 1937 with the Chi Am Giants, but I think it was token. gadfly'd know for sure.
   13. Howie Menckel Posted: March 08, 2005 at 04:36 AM (#1187124)
The 1927-28 Philadelphia A's become the first team since 1900 with five elected HOMers.

Both squads had Cobb, E Collins, Cochrane, and Simmons. 1927 had Wheat, 1928 had Speaker.
   14. DavidFoss Posted: March 08, 2005 at 05:10 AM (#1187213)
The 1927-28 Philadelphia A's become the first team since 1900 with five elected HOMers.

They've got two more easy ones coming as well. Where would seven be on the all-time list?
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: March 08, 2005 at 06:07 AM (#1187333)
Most I have are six HOMers:


1874-75 Boston NA White Barnes O'Rourke Wright Spalding McVey FIRST/FIRST
1876 Chicago NL White Barnes Hines Anson Spalding McVey FIRST
1887-89 New York NL Gore O'Rourke Ward Keefe Ewing Connor FOURTH/FIRST/FIRST
1891 Boston NL Kelly Clarkson Nichols Stovey Kelley Bennett FIRST
1891 New York NL Gore O'Rourke Ewing Connor Glasscock Rusie THIRD
1892 New York NL Gore O'Rourke Ewing Rusie Richardson Keeler EIGHTH
   16. PhillyBooster Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:12 PM (#1187797)
The 1927-28 Philadelphia A's become the first team since 1900 with five elected HOMers.

They've got two more easy ones coming as well. Where would seven be on the all-time list?


But practically none of them were in their prime! Only Al Simmons and Lefty Grove were in the 25-38 age range. You had youngsters Cochrane and Foxx, and oldsters Cobb, Speaker, and Collins, and Wheat. They don't win the World Series until 1929 when they clear out all the HoM dead wood (only 42 Y.O. Collins gets 7 ABs), and replace them with Mule Haas.
   17. karlmagnus Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:17 PM (#1187801)
Having Ty Cobb AND Tris Speaker on your team, both still active, has to have been a pretty good hitting clinic for the likes of Foxx!
   18. DavidFoss Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:24 PM (#1187810)
But practically none of them were in their prime! Only Al Simmons and Lefty Grove were in the 25-38 age range. You had youngsters Cochrane and Foxx, and oldsters Cobb, Speaker, and Collins, and Wheat. They don't win the World Series until 1929 when they clear out all the HoM dead wood (only 42 Y.O. Collins gets 7 ABs), and replace them with Mule Haas.

Cochrane won the MVP in 1928 and was arguably better in 1927. -- And Boy Wonder Foxx had a 148 OPS+ in 473 PA's. Plus a SECOND/SECOND behind Murderer's Row is nothing to sneeze at. Other than that, you're right, of course. :-)

Its still fun to see the HOM-ers bunching up on the same roster. As Howie showed, they haven't done that since 1892.
   19. jhwinfrey Posted: March 08, 2005 at 03:59 PM (#1187842)
This is only the second time in 21 years of voting that the top two names on my ballot have been inducted--the other time was 1941, with Ruth and Hornsby.

Looking at the overall voting trends...
Turkey Stearnes received the 2nd highest support among negro leaguers inducted on their first ballot: (pct of total possible points)
1.Oscar Charleston: 99.2%
2.Turkey Stearnes: 96.9%
3.Louis Santop: 92.0%
4.Bullet Joe Rogan: 80.0%
5.Pete Hill: 60.0%
Out of 42 first-ballot inductees thus far, 5 have been negro leaguers, or 11.9%.

Mule Suttles becomes the new holdover frontrunner.
Highest % received, any election, among unelected players:
1.Mule Suttles: 59.6%
2.John Beckwith: 51.4%
3.Hugh Duffy: 51.1%
4.George Van Haltren: 48.3%
5.Ned Williamson: 47.1%

Only one player received his highest support to date in the 1946 election: Dick Lundy, with 14.4%.
Several players reached new lows:
Joe Sewell - 21.2
Dick Redding - 12.0
Burleigh Grimes - 11.9
Sam Rice - 6.8
Jimmy Ryan - 6.2
Harry Hooper - 2.3
Lave Cross - 0.0

Cross joins Mike Tiernan and Tip O'Neill as the only candidates in HoM history to receive zero support after getting at least 15% in their ballot debut. Will Harry Hooper be next?
   20. mbd1mbd1 Posted: March 08, 2005 at 04:31 PM (#1187912)
Sorry I didn't get a ballot in this year...I think it's the only one I've missed since I started ca. 1922. Not that it would have made a difference on this ballot - I also had Stearnes and Simmons 1-2. I should be back in step for '46.
   21. mbd1mbd1 Posted: March 08, 2005 at 04:32 PM (#1187917)
Make that '47. I need sleep.
   22. sunnyday2 Posted: March 09, 2005 at 02:17 AM (#1189020)
I missed two ballots so 1947 will be my 48th.

Looking at HoM membership and at the current vote, I think we are heavy on "bats" and short of "gloves."
   23. Mark Shirk (jsch) Posted: March 10, 2005 at 11:29 PM (#1192517)
Just a thought...

I have had a hard time trying to picture Turkey Stearnes, but while reaading BP 2005 a thought came to me. Could Stearnes have been the 1930's NeL version of Bobby Abreu?

I realize that this doesn't sound entirely flattering, but Abreu has posted .300/.400/.520 seasons with about 30 steals like clockwork while playing a very solid RF. In his 20's he may have been able to handle CF, but the Phillies had Doug Glanville when he was useful. Even now he could handle it in a pinch.

Stearnes, like Abreu, didn't seem to get the credit he deserved while he played. Few Negro League experts put him on the same plane as guys like Bell, Johnson, and Lundy, players whom I think were inferior to him. but looking back at hsi statistical record it becomes obvious that he was a stud. Go ahead and look at what Abreu, who just played in his first All-Star game in July, has done for the past 7 years, he looks like HOM material in the making.

Stearnes may have been better defensively, but again we don't have defensive stats and most NeL stars got raves for their defense. I guess the most likely scenario is that Stearnes was a rich man's Abreu.

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