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Monday, May 30, 2005

1952 Results: Gibson and Ott Pummel Down the Doors of the Hall of Merit!

With almost 100% of the possible votes for election (barely breaking the NeL record of 99.2% set by Oscar Charleston in 1943), Negro League legend Josh Gibson was elected to the Hall of Merit in his first year of eligibility. He is now the HoM’s fifteen Negro League induction.

In also his first year appearing on a ballot, New York Giants slugger Mel Ott earned a healthy 95% of the possible votes for election to become the second player to be inducted this “year.”

All-time great catcher Bill Dickey, in his first year of eligibility, appears to be headed for immortality himself within a few years with a strong showing as he placed third.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Mule Suttles, John Beckwith, Earl Averill, Eppa Rixey, Wes Ferrell, Biz Mackey and Hughie Jennings.

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  Josh Gibson             1193   50  49        1                                 
 2  n/e  Mel Ott                 1144   50   1 48        1                              
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 3  n/e  Bill Dickey              879   50      1 39  7  1              1        1      
 4    3  Mule Suttles             654   46         6  9  9  1  4  4  3  3  1  2  1  3   
 5    4  John Beckwith            569   42         2  7  6  8  1  3  5  1  2  3  1  1  2
 6    7  Earl Averill             319   29            1  1  2  2  3  3  4  4  1  4  4   
 7    5  Eppa Rixey               317   29            1  3  2  2  3  2     4  3  3  4  2
 8    6  Wes Ferrell              309   26            3  2  1  3  4  2     4  2  1  3  1
 9    8  Biz Mackey               307   30            1  1  4  2     4  1  1  2  6  3  5
10    9  Hughie Jennings          287   22         1  2  5  3  1  3  1  1        1  2  2
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
11   12  Cool Papa Bell           275   26            1  1  4  2     3  3  1  1  1  4  5
12   10  Clark Griffith           236   20            2  1  2  2  1  1  3  3  2  1  2   
13   11  George Sisler            227   20         1     4  1  1  2        2  2  4  2  1
14   14  George Van Haltren       227   18               2  1  6  3  1  1  2     1     1
15T  13  Jake Beckley             198   16         1  1  1  1  2  1  4  1     2  1     1
15T  15  Joe Sewell               198   16               2  3  1  3  1  2  1  2        1
17   16  Hugh Duffy               183   16                  4  1  1  3  3        1  1  2
18   18  Cannonball Dick Redding  164   15            1  1  1     2  1  2  2     3     2
19   20  Mickey Welch             156   12            5        1  1     1  1  1  1     1
20   22  Pete Browning            154   12            1  2     4  1        1  2  1      
21   17  Edd Roush                144   14               1     1        3  4  2  2  1   
22   26  Rube Waddell             141   16                        2  1  1  2  1  3  3  3
23   24  Burleigh Grimes          140   13                  2  2  1     1  2  1  1  3   
24   19  Cupid Childs             136   13                  1  2  2  1  1     1  2  1  2
25   23  Gavy Cravath             131   11      1     1        2  1     1  1  1     2  1
26   21  Tommy Leach              120   11               1  1        1  3  2  2        1
27   27  Wally Schang             118   10            1     1     1  2  1  2  2         
28   25  Charley Jones            107    8            1  1  1  1  1  1  1     1         
29   32  José Méndez               90    8                  1     1  1  2  1  2         
30T  28  Roger Bresnahan           76    7               1     1        2  1        2   
30T  29  Larry Doyle               76    7               1     1  1        1  1  1     1
32   30  Bill Monroe               75    8                  1  1              2  1  2  1
33   31  Bob Johnson               75    7            1        1        2        2     1
34   34  Dizzy Dean                69    6               1  1        1  1     1        1
35T  37  Dick Lundy                68    7               1        1  1           1  1  2
35T  33  Dobie Moore               68    7            1           1     1        1  1  2
37   35  Tommy Bridges             56    5                  1     1  1        1     1   
38   36  Sam Rice                  53    5                        1  1     1  2         
39   38  Chuck Klein               52    4            1        1        1  1            
40   39  Ben Taylor                45    5                  1                 1  1  1  1
41   41  John McGraw               35    4                              1  1     1     1
42   42  Pie Traynor               26    2                  1           1               
43   43  Buzz Arlett               24    2            1                             1   
44T  44T George J. Burns           21    2                           1        1         
44T  40  Jimmy Ryan                21    2                           1        1         
46   47T Ed Cicotte                20    2                     1                       1
47T  54  Spotswood Poles           17    2                                 1        1   
47T  44T Vic Willis                17    2                                    1  1      
49   47T Carl Mays                 14    1                     1                        
50   50T Tommy Bond                13    1                        1                     
51   49  Hack Wilson               12    2                                             2
52T  50T Wally Berger              12    1                           1                  
52T  50T Lefty Gomez               12    1                           1                  
52T  50T Dolf Luque                12    1                           1                  
55   64T Donie Bush                10    1                                 1            
56   55T Sam Leever                 9    1                                    1         
57   58T Rabbit Maranville          8    1                                       1      
58  n/e  Fielder Jones              7    1                                          1   
59T  60T Frank Chance               6    1                                             1
59T  60T Tony Mullane               6    1                                             1
59T  57  Buddy Myer                 6    1                                             1
59T  55T Lon Warneke                6    1                                             1
Dropped Out: Wilbur Cooper(58T), Paul Derringer(64T),
 Duke Farrell(60T), Harry Hooper(64T), Addie Joss(60T),
 Heinie Manush(64T), Ed Williamson(46).

John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 30, 2005 at 08:11 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 31, 2005 at 12:51 AM (#1372332)
Nobody sent me a tally, so I have no idea if the also-rans are correct. Not a big deal - I'll correct it if need be,
   2. OCF Posted: May 31, 2005 at 01:55 AM (#1372457)
I've found one discrepancy: Bell should have 5 15th place votes, not 4, and Monroe should have 1 15th place vote, not 2. (It looks like you recorded Joe Dimino as voting for Monroe twice when he actually voted Monre 13th and Bell 15th.) Bell should have 275 points and Monroe should have 75 points.

Otherwise I agree.
   3. OCF Posted: May 31, 2005 at 02:00 AM (#1372474)
Fairly high consensus scores. Average 11.6, highest possible 23, highest actual 19, lowest 0. Mostly the same people in mostly the same places.

My voter study this time is the "Best Friends" list:

Gibson (1) Nearly unanimous
Ott (1) yest (and nearly unanimous 2nd)
Dickey (2) yest (and majority 3rd)
Suttles (3) Rusty Priske, Eric Enders, Brad G, Trevor P, favre, Ken Fischer
Beckwith (3) John Murphy, Gadfly
Averill (4) Jim Sp
Ferrell (4) Thane of Bagarth, Michael Bass, Brent
Rixie (4) Rusty Priske
Mackey (4) Jeff M
Jennings (3) jimd
Bell (4) Don F
Sisler (3) yest
Griffith (4) Tom H, DanG
Van Haltren (5) DanG, Rusty Priske
Sewell (5) Jim Sp, EricC
Beckley (3) karlmagnus
Duffy (6) Dr. Chaleeko, Kelly from SD, Esteban Rivera, Brad G
Redding (4) Gadfly
Welch (4) karlmagnus, Kelly from SD, Daryn, Adam Schafer, Esteban Rivera
Browning (4) Sean Gilman
Roush (5) Mike Webber
Waddell (8) Esteban Rivera, Dolf Lucky
Grimes (6) SWW, Adam Schafer
Childs (6) John Murphy
Schang (4) EricC
Cravath (2) Gadfly
Leach (5) Devin McCullen
C. Jones (4) Rick A
Mendez (6) Michael Bass
Bresnahan (5) John Murphy
Doyle (5) OCF
B. Johnson (4) Al Peterson
Dean (5) Thane of Bagarth
D. Moore (4) Sunnyday2
Lundy (5) KJOK
Monroe (6) Jeff M
Bridges (6) Rob Wood
Rice (8) SWW
Klein (4) Dolf Lucky
Taylor (6) Thane of Bagarth
McGraw (10) Tom H
Traynor (6) yest
Arlett (4) David C. Jones
Ryan (9) Ron Wargo
Burns (9) Dr. Chaleeko
Cicotte (7) karlmagnus
Willis (12) Rick A
Poles (11) Dr. Chaleeko
H. Wilson (15) yest, karlmagnus

From here down, the only friends of:

Mays (7) Mike Webber
Bond (8) Sunnyday2
Berger (9) Mike Webber
Luque (9) PhillyBooster
Gomez (9) EricC
Donie Bush (11) Dolf Lucky
Leever (12) karlmagnus
Maranville (13) jimd
F. Jones (14) Thane of Bagarth
Warneke (15) Thane of Bagarth
Myer (15) EricC
Chance (15) John Murphy
Mullane (15) Dolf Lucky
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: May 31, 2005 at 02:07 AM (#1372492)
It appears I am the best friend of no one.
I kind of like it that way - HOM-speaking, that is.
   5. OCF Posted: May 31, 2005 at 02:10 AM (#1372507)
Except, of course, you were one of the 49 best friends of Gibson. There are about 10 voters with the same situation, mostly in the upper half of the consensus list.
   6. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 31, 2005 at 02:11 AM (#1372509)
(It looks like you recorded Joe Dimino as voting for Monroe twice when he actually voted Monre 13th and Bell 15th.)

That's exactly what I did, OCF. I guess I was going a little too fast at the very end. Thanks for spotting it!
   7. OCF Posted: May 31, 2005 at 02:36 AM (#1372592)
I will mention that the highest consensus score, at +19, was someone new to the position of highest score: dan b.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: May 31, 2005 at 02:41 AM (#1372600)
HOM voting thru 1952
Beckley grabs the No. 4 spot. Waddell staggers into the top 10. Childs takes spot No. 14. Beckwith up 3 spots to No. 22.

JENNINGS 14297
VAN HALTREN 14123.5
DUFFY 13779.5
BECKLEY 13466
Pike 13399
Thompson 12349
GRIFFITH 12249
BROWNING 11854.5
Bennett 11503
WADDELL 10783

Caruthers 10704
RYAN 10483.5
WELCH 9756
CHILDS 9681
Stovey 9576
Start 8378.5
McGinnity 8232
Pearce 8073
McVey 7985.5
Grant 7969.5

BRESNAHAN 6917
BECKWITH 6845
Galvin 6585
LEACH 6569
Sheckard 6377

(RIXEY 5801, C. JONES 5642, SISLER 5545, SUTTLES 4946, MONROE 4910, SEWELL 4561)
   9. Ardo Posted: May 31, 2005 at 03:55 AM (#1372749)
Hey fellows, I've missed the 1951 and 1952 ballots due to some pressing family matters. I will re-join the 1953 ballot.

For the first time, I am attempting a systematic evaluation of all candidates (for there now are many deserving players at multiple positions). Expect to see my rankings in the 1953 Ballot Discussion thread later this week.
   10. Ardo Posted: May 31, 2005 at 03:56 AM (#1372751)
Hey fellows, I've missed the 1951 and 1952 ballots due to some pressing family matters. I will re-join the 1953 ballot.

For the first time, I am attempting a systematic evaluation of all candidates (for there now are many deserving players at multiple positions). Expect to see my rankings in the 1953 Ballot Discussion thread later this week.
   11. Ardo Posted: May 31, 2005 at 03:57 AM (#1372753)
Double post, my bad.
   12. TomH Posted: June 01, 2005 at 12:05 PM (#1373858)
The 'required disclosure' practice - asking the voters to explain why players who finished in last election's top 10 are not on your ballot - is a good one, but it sure is getting tougher to say anything relevant as ballots get deeper. About all I can do now is apologize an dsay "sorry, you were close". I feel like the bridal couple who had to limit the wedding reception to 150 people, and dis some of their friends.
This week it appears Earl Averill will miss my ballot. I like Averill; I hope he makes the HoM some day. But he's 3rd on my list of CF right now (behind CPB and GVH), and #16 overall.
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Anway, I have no panacea, just thinking out loud. Perhaps I will be simply much more brief in my required disclosures in the future. As in "Averill and Rixey - almost".
   13. PhillyBooster Posted: June 01, 2005 at 01:12 PM (#1373890)
I feel like the bridal couple who had to limit the wedding reception to 150 people, and dis some of their friends.

We would have loved for you to come, but we decided to have a small wedding . . .
   14. SWW Posted: June 01, 2005 at 04:05 PM (#1374162)
I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of the candidacy of Ned Williamson, who received support on every ballot in the history of this endeavor until this year. I don't support his election, but I do recognize his significance.

I've kept a running tally of the placement of every candidate who has ever made the top 10 in any given year. Williamson earned a spot based on his 10th place finish in the very first election in 1898. Since then, I've watched him slide downward, and wondered if I should stop tracking him. I always kept up with him, though. But now that he has finally slipped off, I think I'll retire him with this little bit of pomp and circumstance. And then I'll start tracing the decline of support for Jimmy Ryan.

To Ned.
   15. dan b Posted: June 01, 2005 at 04:36 PM (#1374210)
I will mention that the highest consensus score, at +19, was someone new to the position of highest score: dan b.

You guys are finally starting to see things my way. :)
   16. sunnyday2 Posted: June 01, 2005 at 04:39 PM (#1374215)
I think there is one other voter, and I forget whom, but I have voted for Big Ed almost every year since we cleared the first 19C backlog. He is not a victim of my illegal "50 year rule," he has been sliding down into the double digits the past decade or so. Childs is another PHoM/not HoM who has slid over the years, in his case into the 20s. Great players in their time but not better than Doyle or Herman. I'm less certain whether Beckwith, Traynor, Hack et al are better than Big Ed, but I'm equally uncertain that Ed was better.

Now, Ryan is another story. I voted for him maybe twice but he is not PHoM and now is in the 40s or 50s.
   17. Michael Bass Posted: June 01, 2005 at 05:10 PM (#1374287)
Yeah, I remember when Ryan and GVH were considered joined at the hip by many (including myself). GVH's fortunes have fallen a bit, but obviously the electorate sees something of a cap between the two now.
   18. Sean Gilman Posted: June 01, 2005 at 10:55 PM (#1374975)
Williamson was just off the end of my ballot last year, at #17, right behind Joe Sewell. He'll be back at some point, I'm sure.
   19. jimd Posted: June 02, 2005 at 01:39 AM (#1375608)
Highest candidate not yet elected to HOM:
Column 1) Year
Column 2) Rank (Place of finish)
Column 3) Name
Column 4) Points
Column 5) Points for election
Column 6) Difference
Column 7) Difference/Ballot
1898 10 Williamson  328 - 476 = 148   5.1
1899 13 Browning    271 - 625 = 354  11.4
1900 14 Browning    256 - 617 = 361  10.3
1901 13 Browning    295 - 640 = 345   9.9
1902 15 Browning    244 - 752+= 508+ 12.1
1903 15 Browning    255 - 900 = 645  14.7
1904 13 Browning    307 - 720 = 413   9.6
1905 12 Browning    301 - 660 = 359   8.8
1906 10 Browning    380 - 758 = 378   8.8
1907  9 Duffy       437 - 877 = 440  10.7
1908  8 Duffy       491 - 762 = 271   6.5
1909  8 Ryan        417 - A15 = 598  13.9
1910  7 Duffy       446+- 780 = 333+  7.6
1911  8 Duffy       400 - 997 = 597  14.2
1912  7 Duffy       434 - 731 = 297   7.1
1913  5 Duffy       515 - 751 = 236   5.6
1914  7 Duffy       440 - 723 = 283   6.9
1915  9 Duffy       385 - 939 = 554  12.6
1916 12 Waddell     311 - 667 = 356   8.1
1917 12 Waddell     293 - 920 = 627  13.9
1918 10 Waddell     362 - 747 = 385   8.6
1919 10 Waddell     389 - 768 = 379   8.1
1920 10 Jennings    345 - 822 = 477  10.4
1921 10 Waddell     356 - 701 = 345   7.2
1922 11 Waddell     277 - A65 = 788  17.1
1923 14 Beckley     222 - B52 = 930  19.4
1924 13 Beckley     253 - 907 = 654  14.2
1925 12 VanHaltren  294 - 756 = 462   9.6
1926 11 Beckley     363 - 722 = 359   7.2
1927 10 Beckley     377 - 706 = 329   6.7
1928  9 Beckley     405 - 685 = 280   6.0
1929  7 Beckley     448 - 629 = 181   3.8
1930  5 Beckley     532 - 693 = 161   3.2
1931  3 VanHaltren  614 - 661 =  47   0.9
1932  3 VanHaltren  533 - 595 =  62   1.2
1933  5 VanHaltren  467 - 997 = 370   6.9
1934  9 Beckley     337 - B02 = 765  13.7
1935  7 Beckley     372 - B47 = 775  14.9
1936  7 Beckley     360 - B38 = 778  15.6
1937  7 Beckley     389 - B01 = 712  13.7
1938  5 Jennings    490 - 794 = 304   5.7
1939  4 Sewell      507 - 580 =  73   1.4
1940  3 Sewell      483 - 496 =  13   0.3
1941  4 Rixey       419 - C19 = 800  15.1
1942  3 Rixey       527 - 571 =  44   0.8
1943  5 Beckwith    453 - B02 = 649  12.5
1944  5 Beckwith    489 - A82 = 593  11.4
1945  3 Beckwith    617 - 796 = 179   3.5
1946  3 Suttles     758 - B92 = 434   8.2
1947  4 Suttles     718 - B91 = 473   8.8
1948  4 Suttles     684 - 938 = 254   5.0
1949  3 Suttles     751 - 818 =  67   1.3
1950  4 Suttles     692 - A55 = 363   6.8
1951  3 Suttles     689 - A25 = 336   6.9
1952  3 Dickey      879 - B44 = 265   5.3

Column 1) # appearances in above table
Column 2) Closest delta/ballot
Column 3) Year of closest miss
Column 4) Name
 2  0.3 1940 Sewell
 2  0.8 1942 Rixey
 4  0.9 1931 VanHaltren
 6  1.3 1949 Suttles
11  3.2 1930 Beckley
 3  3.5 1945 Beckwith
 1  5.1 1898 Williamson
 1  5.3 1952 Dickey
 8  5.6 1913 Duffy
 2  5.7 1938 Jennings
 6  7.2 1921 Waddell
 8  8.8 1905 Browning
 1 13.9 1909 Ryan
   20. Daryn Posted: June 03, 2005 at 03:35 PM (#1379379)
It looks like Sewell may be the closest guy who never makes it.
   21. sunnyday2 Posted: June 11, 2005 at 07:40 PM (#1397690)
By my current calculations I would guess that we will go no more than 12 deep in the current backlog (not counting Dickey). I don't think it will be exactly the next 12 from 1952 but close, as players generally tend (despite the occasional contrary case) to stay where they slot in as newbies. Here are the guys I see making it eventually with their date of election. Those without a date will be after 1964 by which time it is too complicated to hazard a guess.

4. Suttles--probably 1956
5. Beckwith--probably 1958 when we elect 3
6. Averill--also 1958
7. Rixey--1960?
8. Ferrell
9. Mackey--1960?
10. Jennings

11. Bell--1961?
12. Griffith
13. Sisler
15. Beckley
25. Cravath--both Beckley and Cravath will move up and go in before Griffith and Sisler, not sure what they'll do compared to Ferrell and Jennings

Close but no cigar: Van Haltren, Welch, Sewell--Sewell may indeed be the closest guy who never makes it; I mean, it will be hard just to get within 13 at all

Not so close, but possibly top 10 again: Duffy, Redding, Waddell, Browning

And, nowhere: Ryan, Williamson

Deep sleeper: Schang--don't ask me why, I don't even understand it, an artifact of my method maybe

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