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Sunday, May 06, 2007

1998 Results: Carter, Blyleven and (finally) Beckley Are the Hall of Merit’s Centennial Choices!

In the Hall of Merit’s 100th “year” of existence, star Expo and Met backstop Gary Carter sailed into our institution with a robust 97% of all possible points in his first year of eligibility.

Curveball master Bert Blyleven also commanded an impressive newbie tally with his 93% of all possible points.

But the biggest news may very well be the induction of famed turn-of-the-last century first baseman Jake Beckley in his 86th year of eligibility (though he shattered Edd Roush’s dubious 1-year old record of 29% of all possible points with his own 25%). Congratulations also go to Eagle Eye’s biggest booster karlmagnus, who tirelessly supported him for many an election.

Rounding out the top-ten were: Cannonball Dick Redding, Willie Randolph (very strong in his innaugural year of eligibilty!), Pete Browning, Bucky Walters, Rollie Fingers, Roger Bresnahan and Bob Johnson.

Thanks to OCF and Ron Wargo for helping make sure that the tally is accurate.

RK   LY  Player                   PTS  Bal   1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1  n/e  Gary Carter             1143   49  33 13  1     1     1                        
 2  n/e  Bert Blyleven           1098   48  13 31  1  3                                 
 3    4  Jake Beckley             294   23   1     2  2  1  2     3  1  1  3  3  1  1  2
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 4    6  Cannonball Dick Redding  286   19         5  1  1  2  1  2  3     1  3         
 5  n/e  Willie Randolph          275   23         1     4  2  4  1        3  3     3  2
 6    7  Pete Browning            260   17      1  3  3  1  1  2  2     1  1     1     1
 7    5  Bucky Walters            257   19            3  2  4  1  3  3  1        1     1
 8    8  Rollie Fingers           254   18   1     3  2        2  1  2  1  2  2  2      
 9    9  Roger Bresnahan          238   18   1     1  2  1  1  1  3  3     1  1     1  2
10   10  Bob Johnson              235   18         1     4  3     3  1  2  1  1        2
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
11   13  Hugh Duffy               228   17         1  3  1  2  3  1     1  1  2  1  1   
12   12  Gavvy Cravath            221   19         2  1           3  3  3  2        2  3
13   11  Charley Jones            221   14      2  2  1  3  1  1        2        1  1   
14   14  Tony Perez               210   15         4     1  1  1     3  1     1     3   
15  n/e  Dave Stieb               202   16         2  1  1  3     1  1  2           3  2
16   17  Alejandro Oms            185   15            2  3     1  1  1  1  3  1  1     1
17   16  Tommy Leach              172   13            1  3     2  3     1  2  1         
18   15  George Van Haltren       169   12            6     1  1     1     1  1     1   
19   22  Ken Singleton            136   13         1  1     1                 3  6  1   
20   21  Burleigh Grimes          133   11         1  1     2  1  1        1  1        3
21   23T Mickey Welch             132   10            1  3     2           3  1         
22   23T Lou Brock                130   10      1     1  1        2  1  2        1     1
23   18  Graig Nettles            124   11               1     1  1  1  2  3  1  1      
24   19  Phil Rizzuto             123   10            1  1  2     1     1  1  2  1      
25   32  Norm Cash                122   10            1  1  1  2     1  1        2  1   
26   28  Larry Doyle              121    9         2     1  1  1     1           1     2
27   29  Vic Willis               113   10               2  1     1  1  1        2  2   
28   35  Bus Clarkson             109    7         3  1                 1        1  1   
29   20  Reggie Smith             108   10                  2  1  1  1  1     1     1  2
30   30T Rusty Staub              107    9            1  1  1     2           3        1
31   33  Bobby Bonds              106   10                  1     3     1  2     1  1  1
32   25  Dizzy Dean               106    7         2     2              2        1      
33   26  John McGraw              104    7         1  1  1  1  1  1                 1   
34   38  Tommy Bridges            103    7         1  1  1     1  1     1  1            
35   34  Bob Elliott              102   10            1           1     3     2  1  1  1
36   27  Luis Tiant               102    9         1     1     1     2              2  2
37T  30T Orlando Cepeda           101    9                  1  1     3  2        1     1
37T   37  Elston Howard            101    9               1     3     1     1     1  1  1
39   41  Ben Taylor                83    8            1        1        1  1  1  1  2   
40   43  Vern Stephens             80    7                  1     2     1  1  2         
41   44T Tommy John                68    6            1           1  1        2  1      
42   47  Pie Traynor               67    6      1        1                    1     1  2
43   40  Carl Mays                 64    6                  2  1                    2  1
44   39  Dave Bancroft             63    6            1              1     1     3      
45   44T Sal Bando                 62    6                  1        2           2  1   
46   42  Chuck Klein               62    5         2                                   3
47  n/e  Jack Clark                59    5               1     1     1        1  1      
48   51  Addie Joss                58    4         1           1     1     1            
49   36  Dave Concepción           57    5               1     1        1  1           1
50   49  Bill Monroe               55    6                     2                 1  1  2
51   50  Wally Schang              53    4         1                 2              1   
52   52  Ed Williamson             52    4            1     1              2            
53   46  Frank Howard              48    6                                 1  1  2  1  1
54T  48  Buddy Bell                47    5                           1     1  2     1   
54T  56T Jim Rice                  47    5                  1              1     2     1
56   66  Sam Rice                  43    4                  1           2              1
57T  63T Don Newcombe              41    4                        1  1        1     1   
57T  63T Urban Shocker             41    4                           1  1  1     1      
59   62  Wilbur Cooper             41    3         1                    1        1      
60T  55  Frank Chance              36    3                     1  1           1         
60T  58  Rick Reuschel             36    3         1                                2   
62   65  George J. Burns           35    4                                 2     1  1   
63   56T Thurman Munson            34    4                     1                 1     2
64   61  Rabbit Maranville         33    3                     1        1        1      
65   67  Fred Dunlap               33    2         1                    1               
66   68  Ernie Lombardi            28    2               1           1                  
67   53  Ron Cey                   26    3                                    2  1      
68   71  Luis Aparicio             26    2                  1           1               
69T  84T Leroy Matlock             25    2                     1        1               
69T  79T Al Rosen                  25    2                  1              1            
69T  69  Jimmy Ryan                25    2                     1        1               
72   73  Bobby Veach               22    3                                    1     1  1
73   60  Lefty Gomez               22    2                  1                       1   
74  n/e  Luke Easter               22    1         1                                    
75   72  Bruce Sutter              21    2                              1  1            
76   76  Tony Mullane              19    2                           1              1   
77   74T Gene Tenace               18    2                           1                 1
78   74T Dave Parker               17    2                                 1        1   
79T  54  Ed Cicotte                17    1            1                                 
79T  59  Tony Oliva                17    1            1                                 
79T  78  Jack Quinn                17    1            1                                 
82  n/e  Carlos Morán              16    1               1                              
83T n/e  Brian Downing             15    1                  1                           
83T  79T Dizzy Trout               15    1                  1                           
85   70  Jim Kaat                  14    1                     1                        
86   82  Al Oliver                 13    2                                          1  1
87T  79T Fielder Jones             13    1                        1                     
87T  83  Sam Leever                13    1                        1                     
89   77  Hack Wilson               12    1                           1                  
90   84T Tony Lazzeri              11    1                              1               
91   88T George Kell                9    1                                    1         
92T  90T Bill Madlock               8    1                                       1      
92T  87  Mickey Vernon              8    1                                       1      
94T n/e  Wally Berger               7    1                                          1   
94T  88T Bill Mazeroski             7    1                                          1   
96   93T Cesar Cedeno               6    1                                             1
Dropped Out: Steve Garvey(90T), Toby Harrah(86), Billy Nash(93T), Johnny Pesky(90T), 
Virgil Trucks(93T), Sol White(93T).
Ballots Cast: 49
John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 06, 2007 at 05:35 PM | 116 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Paul Wendt Posted: May 21, 2007 at 02:17 PM (#2372678)
Number elected
[1] 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
[38] 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
[75] 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
This series sums to 205, should be 204

Number elected on First Ballot
[1] 4 2 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 2
[38] 0 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 1
[75] 2 1 2 1 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 3 1 0 1 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2
This series sums to 114, should be 110 according to Plaque Room (maybe a mistake by either party, I guess, or the Plaque Room sum may exclude the first class)

Number of Quasi-First Ballot electees on the ballot (= elected promptly - first balllot)
[1] 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
[26] 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 6 4 4 2 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 1 2
[51] 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 -1 1 1 0 0
[76] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0
[101] 0
This series sums to 75 (plus 77, minus two --see #98)

Maybe someone can identify the errors in numbers Elected and Elected on First Ballot. Later I will post to yahoogroups Files in friendlier format.
   102. DavidFoss Posted: May 21, 2007 at 02:31 PM (#2372690)
I can check when I get home. I have locally added an "elected tag" to my data... I should be able to add an "eventually elected" tag as well. Your lists above will help find errors.

Also, I'm going on vacation tomorrow... so I'll try to post my full election results data to the yahoo group before then.
   103. Paul Wendt Posted: May 21, 2007 at 04:00 PM (#2372799)
Thanks, David. I just replied to your weekend emails.

Group, Believing that I have regained good standing in the Yahoo Group by changing my subscription eddress, I just sent a note by email. (If my belief is incorrect, I'll continue e-housekeeping and resend.)

Practicing with the R statistical analysis program, I will produce enough statistical and graphical features to bore you all but some will be fascinating. So far, I think I know how to save images in jpeg, pdf, or bmp format. Not having png, which David uses and recommends, will limit me.

--
The Quasi-First Ballot series sums to 75 but the number of of Q-First Ballot electees is much smaller and the number of players elected "slowly" is much greater than 205-114-75 = 16 (or minus 77 = 14). Unlike a first-ballot electee, a quasi-first may be on the ballot for several years, so the series counts Heinie Groh six times, Mule Suttles more than that.
   104. DavidFoss Posted: May 21, 2007 at 04:32 PM (#2372836)
So far, I think I know how to save images in jpeg, pdf, or bmp format. Not having png, which David uses and recommends, will limit me.

The only preference I have for PNG is file size and I'm not 100% sure that's always a problem. If your jpeg's or bmps are of reasonable size then go ahead and use those. Could be that certain file types are optimized for "photo-quality" resolution which may explain why you were seeing "much bigger" files. Since these are just XY line plots, there may be other ways for you to reduce the file size without significant impact on the image... I'm not sure.
   105. Paul Wendt Posted: May 21, 2007 at 04:40 PM (#2372847)
Which Bill Wright scored 7 points in 1984?
   106. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 21, 2007 at 04:55 PM (#2372864)
   107. jimd Posted: May 21, 2007 at 09:49 PM (#2373129)
Number elected
[1] 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2


1931 should be 1, not 2.

Number elected on First Ballot
[75] 2 1 2 1 0 2 2 1 3 2 2 1 0 3 1 0 1 3 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2

1985 should be 0, not 3.
   108. jimd Posted: May 21, 2007 at 09:59 PM (#2373132)
This series sums to 114, should be 110 according to Plaque Room (maybe a mistake by either party, I guess,

Both are in error. If my count is correct, it should be 111.

Grich was also first-ballot, but has been inadvertently omitted as such from the Plaque Room.
   109. John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy Posted: May 21, 2007 at 10:13 PM (#2373137)
Grich was also first-ballot, but has been inadvertently omitted as such from the Plaque Room.


Thanks for picking that up, Jim.
   110. jimd Posted: May 21, 2007 at 11:18 PM (#2373208)
Number of Quasi-First Ballot electees on the ballot (= elected promptly - first balllot)
[26] 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 6 4 4 2 0 0 1 1 2 3 2 1 2


If I'm understanding the def'n correctly, 1936 should be 5, not 4.
   111. jimd Posted: May 21, 2007 at 11:44 PM (#2373302)
elected promptly might be programmed on a variety of definitions. I defined them as the smallest set of players who never ranked behind anyone outside the set

Nice definition. Some time back, I worked out a recursive def'n of "backlogger" as someone who was eligible but did not receive any points, or someone who ranked behind a "backlogger". Williamson dropped off of all ballots but finished ahead of (pick one of Start, McVey, Galvin) who finished ahead of Stovey who finished ahead of Radbourn. Defines the complementary set, though you appear to be giving Jackson a pass on his boycott year.
   112. Paul Wendt Posted: May 22, 2007 at 12:36 AM (#2373453)
Bill Wright
Thanks. I suspected the group of missing the return of William "Harry" Wright.

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If I'm understanding the def'n correctly, 1936 should be 5, not 4.

Yes, Harry Heilman's ballot debut. Good job, jimd! Thanks for this and the corrections.
So now I have 204 and 111, matching the Plaque Room once Grich is corrected there.

David Foss: read this before proofing your data against my series.

quoting myself: "I defined them as the smallest set of players who never ranked behind anyone outside the set"
and I didn't program that but identified them manually.

Joe Jackson, yes, I did count him as quasi-first.
By the way, if not then Pete Hill also goes; for 1926-1927, quasi-first "1 1" is revised to "0 -1".

Beside Jackson/Hill and the 1898-1904 cases that I covered above, the class of 1925 is out, Grant Johnson and Mordecai Brown, because Johnson trailed McGinnity in 1921. With a few reversals for Stovey/Radbourn in 1899 and McGinnity/Johnson in 1921, the group would have done a good job ;-)
   113. Howie Menckel Posted: May 22, 2007 at 01:17 AM (#2373575)
It is Rick A who is the real master of the "all time pts" lists. I just update what I have each week.
"For it is only on the shoulders of giants.." etc
   114. DavidFoss Posted: May 22, 2007 at 02:23 AM (#2373769)
Rick A has sent me email. Thanks guys.

I found an error in my file. I have both "Grant" and "Home Run" Johnson. That's the same guy. Now I have 204 and 111.

Let see what I can do with this "Promptly" definition...
   115. DavidFoss Posted: May 22, 2007 at 03:46 AM (#2373843)
OK... didn't get anywhere on the "promptly" stuff.

I uploaded two files to the yahoo group

1998HOM_CandidateVotesPerYear.txt
1998HOM_SumCandidateVotes.txt

Its got:

-three name columns (space delimited from the results tables).
-FullName column (useful for a "key")
-LastName column (useful for sorts)
-Year
-Rank that year
-Points that year
-Elect (1 if inducted that year, otherwise 0)
-ElectYear (Number the HOM inducted that year)
-InductedYear (Year the candidate was eventually inducted, otherwise blank)
-FirstBallot (1 if this is the first year the candidate appeared on a ballot, otherwise blank) (note does not account for any eligibility before first ballot appearance)

That's it. I'm leaving on vacation and will be back on Tuesday. I'll likely check here, but I'll be away from my data.

Feel free to let me know if there are any corrections. Also feel free to let me know if there are any cool columns I could add (or could use renaming).

... and for those of you who are not interested in this at all... thank you for your patience. :-)
   116. Paul Wendt Posted: May 28, 2007 at 01:11 AM (#2380931)
But the biggest news may very well be the induction of famed turn-of-the-last century first baseman Jake Beckley in his 86th year of eligibility (though he shattered Edd Roush’s dubious 1-year old record of 29% of all possible points with his own 25%).

precisely 6 points per ballot, the value of one 15th place vote.
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