Monthly archives: January 2004
“Hall’s of Relief”—Final Analysis
20040130 00:11
by Mike Carminati
Previous entries:
The 1870s, ‘80s, and ‘90s
The 1900s and ‘10s
The 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s
The 1950s
The 1960s
The 1970s
The 1980s
The 1990s and 2000s
2003 Notes:
Part I & II
To Come: Final Analysis:
I,
II,
III, and
IV.
Notes on 2003:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
—Charles "Don't Call Me Jason" Dickens
This past season was an extreme year for closers. There were very positive signs balanced against very negative ones.
On one hand, many established closers lost their jobs: Mike Williams, Jose Mesa, Scott Williamson, Armando Benitez, and Billy Koch. Still other closers were being converted to starters more and more often (in 2003, Danny Graves and ByungHyun Kim, at least for some time) since Derek Lowe found success in the starting rotation two years ago. The Red Sox’s attempt at “bullpen by committee” ended disastrously. Five “closers” had ERAs greater than their league average in 2003.
On the other hand, Dennis Eckersley became the third reliever in the Hall of. A slew of closers had sub2.00 ERAs in 2003. Eric Gagne had arguably the greatest season ever for a reliever and won the NL Cy Young, the first such award given to a reliever in eleven seasons. Two of the top relievers in the game (Gagne and John Smoltz) were converted starters.
Here’s what I said about his season when he was awarded the NL Cy Young:
We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best, hope of earth.
—Abraham "Nunez" Lincoln
Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast: but of the things which thou hast select the best... At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not through being so pleased with them accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst not have them.
—Marcus "Giles" Aurelius Antoninus from his Meditations
He pitched magnificently. In 77 games and 80+ innings he had recorded well over 50 saves and had an ERA well under 2.00. Who cared if his winning percentage was just .400? The Cy Young voters look at his stats and gave the Cy Young to…Bob Welch.
Oh, sorry. I wasn't speaking of Eric Gagne, who won the NL Cy Young the other day. It was Bobby Thigpen's great 1990 season that landed him in fourth place in both Win Shares (behind Clemens, Finley and Stewart and fractions ahead of Dennis Eckersley) and the Cy Young vote (behind Welch, Clemens, and Stewart but again ahead of Eckersley).
Thigpen and his one great season were the precursor to Gagne. Thigpen never had Gagne's stuff but he was used in a similar fashion and produced similar results. Leading up to Bobby Thigpen's record save year in 1990, baseball was pushing the closer limits as much as possible. In 1988, the majorleague average closer recorded 25 saves for the first time. Every nonstrike year since then, the average majorleague closer has exceeded the 25save threshold. As the Eighties ended teams used their closers in more and more a similar fashion. The standard deviation for team closers' save totals (6.96) dropped to its lowest since 1976 (not counting the strike year of 1982) and the standard deviation as a percentage of the average saves (27.38) was at an alltime low (just 25.41%).
This complacency was broken wide open in 1990 when, even though save totals fell (the average closer had 26.81), the ways that closers were used changed dramatically. The standard deviation of saves per closer nearly doubled and was an alltime high (11.11, which has been exceeded three times since, twice in the last two years). I have already offered my theory on this in my relievers study in the Nineties section. To summarize, the brief offensive onslaught of 198587 had subsided and the strategy of using one of your best pitchers as a closer who you hold off on using until late in the game to prevent a lateinning comeback by your opponent fell out of favor.
Tony LaRussa started using Dennis Eckersley in what I have termed the postmodern closer mold, i.e., fewer innings, shorter outings, and more saves. Oakland also had a great supporting cast in the bullpen so limiting Eckersley's innings didn't hurt them. This culminated with his 1992 MVP and Cy Youngwinning season, the second 50save year for a closer.
Meanwhile, Thigpen's career feel apart: after his record 57save season he only recorded 53 total saves for his career. Even though by 1992 Eckersley was used less in the postmodern role than he had been in the previous few (80 innings in 69 appearances), the postmodern closer took root. This was accelerated as most of the next decade was spent in an expansioninduced offensive explosion. Closers were held back until the ninth for fear that a lead would be lost in a final walkoff atbat.
However, as the offensive onslaught slackened, the battle for the preferred usage of the closer role heated up like a debate between Heat Miser and Cold Miser. Since 2000, the varied use of relievers has gone through the roof. The standard deviation of saves among all closers hit 11% of the average for the second time since 1990. It's been over 11.25% each of the last two years. Meanwhile, the average number of saves climbed to an alltime high of 32.93 in 2002 only to fall by over four saves (to 28.00) this year. Eric Gagne led all closers with 55 saves, but this year also witnessed a team save leader—dare I say closer—who recorded only 5 saves (Franklyn German and/or Chris Mears of Detroit) and four other AL teams that didn't have a reliever record more than 16 saves (Boston, Seattle, Toronto, and the White Sox). Five saves for a team leader is the least that has been recorded since 1975 in a nonstrike year.
By the way, here's a quicky comparison of Gagne's 2003 season with Thigpen and Eckersley's 1990 seasons:
Name WL G SV IP H BB K ERA Adj WHIP K:BB K/9IP Win Shares
Thigpen 46 77 57 88.2 60 32 70 1.83 210 1.04 2.19 7.11 20
Gagne 23 77 55 82.1 37 20 137 1.20 335 0.69 6.85 14.98 25
Eck 42 63 48 73.1 41 4 73 0.61 606 0.61 18.25 8.96 20
They all had great years, but only Gagne won the Cy Young.
OK, so where does that leave us? Oh, yeah, I don't think Gagne deserved the award this year (I would have tabbed Mark Prior or Jason Schmidt myself) and I'll explain why.
First, let me explain from an historical point of view. Just as Bill James said in 1991 of Bobby Thigpen's save record, "Obviously, Thigpen's record was brought about in part because of a change in the way that relief pitchers are useda generalized change, operating th[r]oughout baseball," so too is Gagne's stats brought about by a recent return to that strategy.
Baseball took a slight evolutionary detour after the great success of Dennis Eckersley. This Neanderthaloid evolutionary dead end took a decade during perhaps the game's greatest offensive era, the Metsozoic Era, which also encompassed two rounds of expansion.
Perhaps with all the expansion, bullpens got too watered down. It became very difficult to build a bullpen as effective as the Eckera A's pen. There have been very good pens of late, but they seem to be more capturing lightning in a jar than crafting a pen by design.
Perhaps the trend played itself out. I mean, how long can you employ one of your best pitchers for just 50 innings a year? ByungHyun Kim moved back to the rotation and then back. Former closer Danny Graves went 415 in 2003, his first year as a fulltime starter. And of course Derek Lowe successfully moved back to starting last year.
Also, teams started to realize that reliance on a player just because he has recorded 30 or so saves in the past is ludicrous. Big name closers like Mike Williams, Jose Mesa, Scott Williamson, Armando Benitez, and Billy Koch lost closer jobs on their teams or were traded to other teams and no longer closed. Journeymen like Rocky Biddle, Joe Borowski, Tom Gordon, Tim Worrell, Lance Carter, and Rod Beck inherited closer jobs and for the most part performed well.
Needless to say, the job of closer has gone through a reevaluation period the last couple of seasons. In Gagne, the Dodgers appointed a hardthrowing yet highly unsuccessful young starter as their closer in 2002. It revitalized his career to say the least. However, I see Gagne as a throwback to the Thigpen line. It's not that he hasn't pitched well, very well. I just think that his performance looks all the better for the shambles that closer role has become on many clubs, as well as his calling Dodgers Stadium home (though his 2003 homeroad splits show no bias to Dodgers Stadium). He happens to be in the right role at the right time.
To illustrate, there have been 87 closers all time with at least 20 saves and an ERA under 2.00, starting with Ellis Kinder in 1953. 53 of them have done it while pitching at least 80 innings.
Well, one can argue that 20 saves is not 55. However, I think that the number of saves a closer records to a very large degree depends on his era and his usage. The Reds' Ted Abernathy recorded a 1.27 ERA in 1967 with 28 saves and a 63 record in 106.1 innings pitched. I know it was a pitcher's era, but his leagueadjusted ERA is about the same as Gagne's (295 to 335) and he did it in so many more innings. In 1967, 28 saves were enough to lead the majors. So of course Abernathy got a ton of Cy Young votes, right? Uh, no. He didn't receive a one. Mike McCormick, Jim Bunning, and Fergie Jenkins were the only men to receive any votes that year. Abernathy's season was worthy of 24 Win Shares, one fewer than Gagne this year and fractions behind league leader Bunning.
You say you want someone more recent. How about John Wetteland's 1993 season with the Expos? He was 93 with 43 saves in 85.1 innings over 70 appearances. He struck out 113 and walked just 28. His ERA was 1.37 and his adjusted ERA was 304. That's a pretty close match to Gagne. He was awarded 21 Win Shares, but was fourth behind leagueleading Greg Maddux and Jose Rijo.
I should also point out that the Dodger bullpen this year featured two other pitchers with ERAs under 2.00, Paul Quantrill (1.75 ERA in 77.1 innings) and Guillermo Mota (1.97 in 105 innings). I have said that the Dodgers are the antiRockies. Pitchers go to the Dodgers and resurrect their careers (e.g. Hideo Nomo's second stint, Wilson Alvarez, Kevin Gross, and Odalis Perez , at least in 2002). Then when they leave they fall flat on their faces (e.g., Hideo Nomo after his first stint, Kevin Gross, Chan Ho Park, Ismael Valdes, Ramon Martinez, and Tim Belcher ). Not that pitching for the Dodgers bars a player from winning a Cy Young, but it should make us a bit leery just like we were of Vinny Castilla's and Dante Bichette's stats in Colorado.
Well, what about Gagne's historic 14.98 strikeouts per nine innings figure? Bill Wagner was the man he beat out (14.95 K/9 IP in 1999), and Wagner finished fourth in the Cy Young vote that year.
The last stat that people will throw out is Win Shares. Gagne led NL pitchers with 25 Win Shares, three more than Mark Prior, Jason Schmidt, and Livan Hernandez. Did anyone notice that Rheal Cormier finished 19th in the NL in pitching Win Shares, ahead of every other Phillie? Cormier had a very good season (1.70 ERA, 80 record, 54 hits and 25 walks in 84.2 innings/65 appearances). However, given that the Phils had four men win 14 games and three pitch over 200 innings, few would pick Cormier as their best pitching asset.
The reason is that Win Shares for relief pitchers is inherently problematic. I don't want to take anything away from James: Win Shares is probably the crowning moment of the career of baseball's greatest analyst since Henry Chadwick. However, trying to assign Win Shares to relievers is like trying to hit a moving target. The landscape of relief pitching has changed dramatically since James published Win Shares just two years ago. How can a standard formula be applied to all relievers throughout baseball history, especially when it takes a half dozen just to figure fielding Win Shares for third basemen throughout baseball history?
Given that relief pitching Win Shares were derived basically via a compromise in James' formulae, who's to say they are accurate for the 2003 season? Individual pitching Win Shares are derived from assigning claim points to a team's staff via a set of criteria and then meting out Win Shares appropriately. The criteria are runs allowed (the largest factor); wins, losses, and saves; saveequivalent innings; and batting. The claim point formula for wins/losses is ((W*3)L+Sv) / 3 (p. 35). That seems pretty straightforward. Of course, one could argue that this formula really doesn’t measure anything, but at least it's straightforward enough. My problem is with Save Equivalent or Crucial innings. That formula is to multiply saves by three, cap the result at 90% of actual innings pitched, and finally add one for each hold (Hello, Rheal Cormier). The saveequivalent innings are then multiplied by the pitcher's component ERA added to a constant (.56) minus the team cutoff to get the claim points. OK, why not? But why 90%? Why not 80%? Or perhaps why not an eraspecific percentage? Why multiple by three? Why not 2 or 4? Why not 2 in 2003 and 4 in 1967? To say that a save is a save no matter the era is problematic at best.
Win Shares is a valuable tool, but it's just that, a tool. Sometimes it proves useful; sometimes not. And given that the formulae for starting pitchers' and relief pitchers' Win Shares differ a great deal, it becomes dangerous to use Win Shares as the be all and end all for ranking all pitchers.
I think Win Shares is the shakiest ground from which to build one's argument for Gagne's Cy Young legitimacy. Gagne had a fine season, but I cannot accept an argument that his 82.1 innings were superior to Prior's 211.1 or Schmidt's 207.2 even if they came in save opportunities. And what of save opportunities? James showed in his New Historical Baseball Abstract that a closer is best used in games in which his team leads by one, the score is tied, or possibly if his team trails by one. Only one of those three would even be considered a save opportunity. Using a closer to hold a threerun lead in the ninth is mere overkill.
So, next we will take a look at Gagne's game log to determine if his appearances were indeed that crucial to his team's success to merit winning the award. Here is a table of Gagne's appearances and the situation when he entered the game. A Dodger lead is represented by the number of runs they led by at the time. If the Dodgers trailed, then the number of runs they trailed by is represented by a negative number:
Situation 3+ 2 1 Tied 1 2 3+
# Games: 2 0 1 13 24 11 26
Gagne seemed to be used in almost all of the Dodgers extra inning games (16). All of his five decisions came after he entered a tie ballgame. He gave up four runs in a tied game on May 12, one on June 23, and one on July 2, all for losses. He gave a run in a tie game on August 20, but the Dodgers came back to win the game. His second win he garnered when the Dodgers broke a tie ballgame in extra innings that when he was pitching. His other three appearances in which he relinquished a run were a) he gave up two runs when the Dodgers already trailed by more than 3, b) he gave up a run when he was provided a tworun lead, and c) he gave a run with a 3run lead.
Basically, Gagne made 37 or 38 significant appearances out of 77. His 37 appearances when staked to two or more runs (26 with 3 or more) are the 19yard field goal for closers. A competent one should be able to hold that lead. Yes, he did not blow any and yes, he only gave up two runs in those 37 games. However, if he were an average reliever, how many of those could he have blown? The Dodgers' team ERA was 3.16. An average Dodger pitcher would not have blown more than a handful of those games.
So it comes down to 13 tie ballgames, 24 with a onerun Dodger lead, and the one the Dodgers trailed by one run, i.e., the close games in which Gagne pitched. He "blew" four of those 13 tie ballgames, but none of the onerun leads. So basically Gagne was given the award for 33 or 34 ballgames in which he pitched mostly one inning. Prior started 30 games and Schmidt 29 and each went significantly longer than one or two innings in those ballgames. Finally, the Dodgers were 2623 in onerun ballgames, so how significant was Gagne's performance anyway?
Gagne had a stellar year, but the role of the closer is still too marginalized to merit winning a Cy Young award.
Since writing that, I have heard various arguments in support of Gagne's Cy Young crown. The best I have heard was by my friend Chris who said that if you have to give the award to a closer once in a while, then this was the year.
There was no one dominant starter in the NL. Prior and Schmidt were great but neither started more than 30 games (Prior did not have a start between July 11 and August 5, after colliding with Marcus Giles; Schmidt missed a few turns at around the same time). Had they each had three or four extra starts as a typical Cy Younglevel starter usually would, I bet that the Cy Young would have been a dogfight between the two probable twentywin starters. Without those few extra starts, they become a 17 and an 18game winner with great stats: Rick Reuschel for a new generation. How many Cy Youngs did Big Daddy win anyway?
Gagne's 2003 season was arguably among the best ever for a reliever. Even so, as I showed above, he probably only had thirty meaningful innings all year. Compare that to thirty meaningful starts of five or more innings for the best starters. If you can accept that thirty innings for a closer are more valuable than thirty starts for a starter, then Gagne's your man.
I don’t share that opinion, but I admit that Gagne’s is one of the greatest seasons ever for a reliever. To prove the point, here’s a table of all the relievers who have posted an ERA of 1.50 or lower while appearing in at least 30 games (sorry, I had to split it in two):
Yr  Pitcher  Team  W  L  G  SV  IP  ERA 
1946  Junior Thompson  New York Giants  4  6  39  4  62.7  1.29 
1961  Terry Fox  Detroit Tigers  5  2  39  12  57.3  1.41 
1964  Bill Henry  Cincinnati Reds  2  2  37  6  52.0  0.87 
1964  Al Worthington  Minnesota Twins  5  6  41  14  72.3  1.37 
1965  Steve Hamilton  New York Yankees  3  1  46  5  58.3  1.39 
1965  Frank Linzy  San Francisco Giants  9  3  57  21  81.7  1.43 
1967  Ted Abernathy  Cincinnati Reds  6  3  70  28  106.3  1.27 
1967  Hoyt Wilhelm  Chicago White Sox  8  3  49  12  89.0  1.31 
1968  Joe Hoerner  St. Louis Cardinals  8  2  47  17  48.7  1.48 
1969  Ken Tatum  California Angels  7  2  45  22  86.3  1.36 
1971  Bob Miller  San Diego Padres  7  3  38  7  63.7  1.41 
1971  Steve Mingori  Cleveland Indians  1  2  54  4  56.7  1.43 
1972  Jim Brewer  Los Angeles Dodgers  8  7  51  17  78.3  1.26 
1972  Darold Knowles  Oakland Athletics  5  1  54  11  65.7  1.37 
1973  John Hiller  Detroit Tigers  10  5  65  38  125.3  1.44 
1974  Dale Murray  Montreal Expos  1  1  32  10  69.7  1.03 
1975  Bob Apodaca  New York Mets  3  4  46  13  84.7  1.49 
1977  Bruce Sutter  Chicago Cubs  7  3  62  31  107.3  1.34 
1980  Tug McGraw  Philadelphia Phillies  5  4  57  20  92.3  1.46 
1981  Rich Gossage  New York Yankees  3  2  32  20  46.7  0.77 
1981  Rollie Fingers  Milwaukee Brewers  6  3  47  28  78.0  1.04 
1983  Steve Howe  Los Angeles Dodgers  4  7  46  18  68.7  1.44 
1983  Jesse Orosco  New York Mets  13  7  62  17  110.0  1.47 
1986  Rob Murphy  Cincinnati Reds  6  0  34  1  50.3  0.72 
1986  Frank Williams  San Francisco Giants  3  1  36  1  52.3  1.20 
1987  Tim Burke  Montreal Expos  7  0  55  18  91.0  1.19 
1987  Jeff Calhoun  Philadelphia Phillies  3  1  42  1  42.7  1.48 
1989  Roger McDowell  Philadelphia Phillies  3  3  44  19  56.7  1.11 
1989  Les Lancaster  Chicago Cubs  4  2  42  8  72.7  1.36 
1989  Jeff Montgomery  Kansas City Royals  7  3  63  18  92.0  1.37 
1989  Zane Smith  Montreal Expos  0  1  31  2  48.0  1.50 
1990  Dennis Eckersley  Oakland Athletics  4  2  63  48  73.3  0.61 
1991  Doug Henry  Milwaukee Brewers  2  1  32  15  36.0  1.00 
1992  Jim Corsi  Oakland Athletics  4  2  32  0  44.0  1.43 
1992  Mel Rojas  Montreal Expos  7  1  68  10  100.7  1.43 
1993  John Wetteland  Montreal Expos  9  3  70  43  85.3  1.37 
1994  Mike Jackson  San Francisco Giants  3  2  36  4  42.3  1.49 
1995  Jose Mesa  Cleveland Indians  3  0  62  46  64.0  1.12 
1995  Tony Fossas  St. Louis Cardinals  3  0  58  0  36.7  1.47 
1998  Ugueth Urbina  Montreal Expos  6  3  64  34  69.3  1.30 
1998  Steve Reed  San Francisco Giants  2  1  50  1  54.7  1.48 
1998  Trevor Hoffman  San Diego Padres  4  2  66  53  73.0  1.48 
2000  Ray King  Milwaukee Brewers  3  2  36  0  28.7  1.26 
2000  Robb Nen  San Francisco Giants  4  3  68  41  66.0  1.50 
2001  Steve Karsay  Cleveland Indians  0  1  31  1  43.3  1.25 
2002  Alan Embree  San Diego Padres  3  4  36  0  28.7  0.94 
2002  Chris Hammond  Atlanta Braves  7  2  63  0  76.0  0.95 
2002  Joey Eischen  Montreal Expos  6  1  59  2  53.7  1.34 
2002  Brandon Villafuerte  San Diego Padres  1  2  31  1  32.0  1.41 
2003  John Smoltz  Atlanta Braves  0  2  62  45  64.3  1.12 
2003  Eric Gagne  Los Angeles Dodgers  2  3  77  55  82.3  1.20 
2003  Shigetoshi Hasegawa  Seattle Mariners  2  4  63  16  73.0  1.48 
 Average   5  3  50  17  67.2  1.28 
Yr  Pitcher  WHIP  K/9 IP  K/BB  HR/9 IP  IP/G  Win Shares 
1946  Junior Thompson  1.21  4.45  0.78  0.72  1.61  7 
1961  Terry Fox  1.01  5.02  2.00  0.94  1.47  11 
1964  Bill Henry  0.83  4.85  2.33  0.35  1.41  9 
1964  Al Worthington  1.04  7.34  2.11  0.50  1.76  11 
1965  Steve Hamilton  1.08  7.87  3.19  0.31  1.27  8 
1965  Frank Linzy  1.21  3.86  1.52  0.22  1.43  16 
1967  Ted Abernathy  0.98  7.45  2.15  0.08  1.52  24 
1967  Hoyt Wilhelm  1.03  7.69  2.24  0.20  1.82  13 
1968  Joe Hoerner  0.95  7.77  3.50  0.37  1.04  12 
1969  Ken Tatum  1.04  6.78  1.67  0.10  1.92  20 
1971  Bob Miller  1.24  5.09  1.38  0.00  1.68  10 
1971  Steve Mingori  0.97  7.15  1.88  0.32  1.05  9 
1972  Jim Brewer  0.84  7.93  2.76  0.69  1.54  16 
1972  Darold Knowles  1.31  4.93  0.97  0.14  1.22  9 
1973  John Hiller  1.02  8.90  3.18  0.50  1.93  31 
1974  Dale Murray  0.99  4.00  1.35  0.13  2.18  12 
1975  Bob Apodaca  1.11  4.78  1.61  0.43  1.84  13 
1977  Bruce Sutter  0.86  10.82  5.61  0.42  1.73  27 
1980  Tug McGraw  0.92  7.31  3.26  0.29  1.62  18 
1981  Rich Gossage  0.77  9.26  3.43  0.39  1.46  12 
1981  Rollie Fingers  0.87  7.04  4.69  0.35  1.66  17 
1983  Steve Howe  0.98  6.82  4.33  0.26  1.49  14 
1983  Jesse Orosco  1.04  6.87  2.21  0.25  1.77  20 
1986  Rob Murphy  0.93  6.44  1.71  0.00  1.48  9 
1986  Frank Williams  1.07  5.68  1.57  0.00  1.45  7 
1987  Tim Burke  0.89  5.74  3.41  0.30  1.65  20 
1987  Jeff Calhoun  1.20  6.54  1.19  0.21  1.02  6 
1989  Roger McDowell  1.18  5.08  1.45  0.32  1.29  10 
1989  Les Lancaster  1.03  6.94  3.73  0.25  1.73  13 
1989  Jeff Montgomery  0.99  9.20  3.76  0.29  1.46  19 
1989  Zane Smith  1.21  6.56  1.84  0.38  1.55  6 
1990  Dennis Eckersley  0.61  8.96  18.25  0.25  1.16  19 
1991  Doug Henry  0.83  7.00  2.00  0.25  1.13  9 
1992  Jim Corsi  1.41  3.89  1.06  0.41  1.38  5 
1992  Mel Rojas  1.04  6.26  2.06  0.18  1.48  16 
1993  John Wetteland  1.01  11.92  4.04  0.32  1.22  21 
1994  Mike Jackson  0.80  10.84  4.64  0.85  1.18  8 
1995  Jose Mesa  1.03  8.16  3.41  0.42  1.03  17 
1995  Tony Fossas  1.04  9.82  4.00  0.25  0.63  7 
1998  Ugueth Urbina  1.01  12.20  2.85  0.26  1.08  17 
1998  Steve Reed  0.90  8.23  2.63  0.66  1.09  7 
1998  Trevor Hoffman  0.85  10.60  4.10  0.25  1.11  20 
2000  Ray King  0.98  5.97  1.90  0.31  0.80  4 
2000  Robb Nen  0.85  12.55  4.84  0.55  0.97  15 
2001  Steve Karsay  0.85  9.14  5.50  0.21  1.40  6 
2002  Alan Embree  1.12  11.93  4.22  0.63  0.80  7 
2002  Chris Hammond  1.11  7.46  2.03  0.12  1.21  13 
2002  Joey Eischen  1.14  8.55  2.83  0.17  0.91  9 
2002  Brandon Villafuerte  1.28  7.03  2.08  0.56  1.03  3 
2003  John Smoltz  0.87  10.21  9.13  0.28  1.04  16 
2003  Eric Gagne  0.69  14.98  6.85  0.22  1.07  25 
2003  Shigetoshi Hasegawa  1.10  3.95  1.78  0.62  1.16  13 
 Average  1.01  7.61  3.21  0.34  1.36  13 
OK, so there were 52 such pitchers, three of whom, including Gagne, pitched this year. Actually Gagne’s record is only slightly better than Smoltz’s, and that was due mainly to the time Smoltz lost and to Gagne’s ungodly strikeouts per nine innings. However, note Smoltz’s strikeouttowalk ratio superiority over Gagne. If there’s one knock you can make on Gagne’s 2003 season, it’s the walks. He didn’t walk a lot of men (20), but it was enough to affect his KtoBB ratio a bit, even though it’s double the average for what amounts to 52 of the greatest seasons ever in relief pitching.
For the record, Gagne has the best strikeouts per nine innings, 14.98. Second is Rob Nen in 2000 at 12.55. The lowest ERA on the list is Dennis Eckersley in 1990 at 0.61 (Gagne’s 1.20 was 14th). He also recorded the best walks plus hits divided by innings pitched (WHIP) that year also at 0.61 (Gagne was second with 0.66). Eckersley in 1990 also recorded the best strikeouttowalk ratio on the list, an ungodly 18.25, almost twice as much as secondplace total, 9.13, recorded by John Smoltz in 2003 (Gagne’s 6.85 is third). Three men recorded a zero home run per nine innings ratio (Rob Murphy in 1986,
Frank Williams in 1986, and Bob Miller in 1971; Gagne is 14th). Finally, Dale Murray (1974) is the only man on the list to average over two innings an appearance (2.18). Gagne is 41st in this category. The most Win Shares? John Hiller’s 31 in 1973 (Gagne is third).
So, clearly Gagne’s 2003 campaign is among the greatest ever for a reliever. I prefer Eckesley’s 1990 season for the postmodern closers, Bruce Sutter’s for the modern closers, and John Hiller’s 1973 for ye olde tyme closers. But Gagne was better than a number of closers who won either a Cy Young or an MVP or both.
Dee Average (Or What's Happenin' Now?)
But extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones but rather by equally extreme, but inverted, positions.
—Friedrich "Fat Freddie" Nietzsche
This season there were seven closers with sub2.00 ERAs: Gagne, Smoltz, Mariano Rivera, Bill Wagner, Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Danny Kolb, and Rod Beck. Now, I consider the team save leader to be the closer for these analyses. However, many may say that the first four on the list were the only true closers. The last three recorded 19 saves on average, not a lot in this era.
Yet these seven sub2.00 "closers" were the most in the majors in fourteen seasons. In 1989, Roger McDowell, Jeff Montgomery, Dennis Eckersley, Jay Howell, Bill Landrum, Gregg Olson, Mark Davis, Tom Henke, and Jeff Russell all had ERAs under 2.00. That also happens to be the last year before 2003 that a reliever (Davis) won the NL Cy Young.
These nine men represent the alltime high for sub2.00 closers in a season. (1908 matched it when sub2.00 starting pitchers like Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Addie Joss, Ed Walsh, ThreeFinger Brown, and Rube Waddell also acted as closers for their teams.) The seven this year matches the strikeshortened 1981 season for second (1981 sub2.00 closers: Rich Gossage, Rollie Fingers, Kevin Saucier, Dan Quisenberry, Rick Camp, Joe Sambito, and Woodie Fryman). By the way, there were only three last year (Gagne, Percival, and Julio) and one in 2000 (Nen).
But at the opposite end of the spectrum, there were five closers with ERAs greater than the league average (Rocky Biddle in Montreal, Jose Mesa in Philly, Mike Williams in Pittsburgh, Jose Jimenez in Colorado, and both Franklyn German and Chris Mears in Detroit). The last time there were that many was 1999 at the height of offensive surge from which baseball has just gotten itself disentangled in the last couple of years. And in 1999, one closer (Dave Veres in Colorado) actually had a parkadjusted ERA 12% better than the league average and another (Boston's Tim Wakefield) was actually the team coleader in saves. There was just one team save leader with an ERA worse than average in 2002 (Hideki Irabu in Texas).
The alltime was 10 in 1992, right at the cusp of the offensive gluttony of the last decade. I have to list those ten because they read like a list of similar pitchers to Roberto Hernandez: Alejandro Pena, Jeff Reardon, Bobby Thigpen, Mike Henneman, Roger McDowell, Doug Henry, Anthony Young, Mitch Williams, Randy Myers, and Mike Schooler. Thigpen's 4.74 ERA was the highest on the list (as compared to Mesa's 6.52, Williams' 6.27, and German's 6.04 in 2003). Henneman's 3.96 seems paltry in comparison. (Then again, the only other time 10 team save leaders eclipsed the league average ERA was 1969 with Frank Lizzy's 3.63 ERA, Phil Regan's 3.70, Rollie Fingers' 3.70, and four other sub4.00 ERAs on the list. The highest was John Boozer's 4.28.)
Jeff KentWalt Weiss Memorial Baseball Darwin Awards, V
20040128 00:33
by Mike Carminati
Aaron Boone and the Yankees signed a oneyear deal for 2004 worth $5.75 M. The deal "contained language saying it would become nonguaranteed if he played basketball."
So guess what Boone was doing while he injured himself possibly tearing his ACL and throwing his season in doubt? Couldn't be basketball. Could it?
The man could play squash, arena football, or parcheesi, but he has to play the one game that his contract stipulates he can't. This may force the Yankees to play Enrique Wilson or Miguel Cairo at third or, worse yet, actually give the job to erstwhile footballer Drew Henson.
Aside from one very big home run, acquiring the freeswinging Boone has been anything but a boon for the Yanks. Oh, and apparently he is a moron on top of it. Like father, like son, I always say.
Like School on Saturday (A Quinn Martin Production), Epilogue
20040121 01:26
by Mike Carminati
"Book 'm, DanO."
"…And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those meddling kids and their dog."
First, for those of you with such a short attention span that you could not sift through a few dozen (for shame!), here is a quick and dirty summary table by election:
Election  Number selected  Percentage by Top Win Shares  Percentage based on bypassed  Percentage by Grade  Percentage by Grade bypassed  Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares?  HoF avg before election  Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall  Remainder who qualified 
1936 BBWAA  5  60%  41.67%  100%  100%  100%  N/A  N/A  N/A 
1937 BBWAA  3  66.67%  60.00%  100%  100%  100%  623.80  66.67%  0 
1938 BBWAA  1  0.00%  25.00%  100%  100%  100%  609.88  0.00%  0 
1939 BBWAA  4  50.00%  7.69%  50.00%  8.26%  75.00%  595.00  0.00%  0 
1939 Old Timers  3  0.00%  2.59%  0.00%  3.03%  66.67%  595.00  0.00%  0 
1942 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  503.50  0.00%  0 
1945 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  503.41  0.00%  0 
1945 Old Timers  9  11.11%  5.08%  22.22%  6.22%  44.44%  503.41  0.00%  0 
1946 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  433.27  N/A  1 
1946 Old Timers  11  9.09%  10.00%  18.18%  10.28%  18.18%  433.27  0.00%  2 
1947 BBWAA  4  25.00%  12.50%  50.00%  12.73%  75.00%  386.97  25.00%  2 
1948 BBWAA  2  0.00%  3.45%  0.00%  2.47%  0.00%  381.70  0.00%  4 
1949 BBWAA  1  0.00%  25.00%  0.00%  18.18%  100.00%  375.76  100.00%  4 
1949 Old Timers  2  50.00%  8.33%  50.00%  7.69%  50.00%  375.76  50.00%  8 
1950 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  376.42  N/A  4 
1951 BBWAA  2  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  376.42  100.00%  3 
1952 BBWAA  2  50.00%  33.33%  100.00%  38.46%  100.00%  380.89  50.00%  2 
1953 BBWAA  2  0.00%  1.70%  50.00%  2.27%  50.00%  381.24  0.00%  1 
1953 Veterans  2  0.00%  2.63%  0.00%  2.91%  50.00%  381.24  0.00%  8 
1954 BBWAA  3  0.00%  9.68%  66.67%  10.00%  66.67%  373.83  0.00%  3 
1955 BBWAA  4  25.00%  7.69%  75.00%  10.14%  75.00%  369.77  25.00%  2 
1955 Veterans  2  0.00%  1.79%  0.00%  1.92%  50.00%  369.77  0.00%  7 
1956 BBWAA  2  0.00%  6.45%  50.00%  6.67%  50.00%  362.32  50.00%  1 
1957 Veterans  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  360.38  100.00%  9 
1958 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  361.69  N/A  1 
1959 Veterans  1  0.00%  12.50%  0.00%  10.53%  100.00%  361.69  100.00%  8 
1960 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  361.97  N/A  1 
1961 Veterans  2  0.00%  13.33%  0.00%  8.51%  100.00%  361.97  0.00%  8 
1962 BBWAA  2  0.00%  6.06%  0.00%  4.65%  0.00%  361.44  0.00%  1 
1962 Veterans  1  0.00%  4.76%  0.00%  4.08%  100.00%  361.44  0.00%  8 
1963 Veterans  4  0.00%  13.33%  25.00%  12.73%  75.00%  358.32  25.00%  7 
1964 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  356.93  100.00%  0 
1964 Veterans  5  40.00%  13.89%  40.00%  15.52%  40.00%  356.93  40.00%  5 
1965 Veterans  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  355.96  100.00%  4 
1966 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  356.54  100.00%  0 
1967 BBWAA  1  0.00%  25.00%  100.00%  25.00%  100.00%  358.93  0.00%  0 
1967 Veterans  1  0.00%  1.32%  0.00%  1.06%  0.00%  358.93  0.00%  4 
1968 BBWAA  1  0.00%  14.29%  100.00%  14.29%  100.00%  357.15  0.00%  0 
1968 Veterans  2  0.00%  7.41%  50.00%  6.38%  50.00%  357.15  0.00%  4 
1969 BBWAA  2  50.00%  4.65%  50.00%  7.69%  50.00%  355.88  50.00%  1 
1969 BBWAA  2  0.00%  2.63%  0.00%  2.13%  0.00%  355.88  0.00%  5 
1970 BBWAA  1  0.00%  10.00%  0.00%  6.25%  0.00%  354.73  0.00%  0 
1970 Veterans  2  0.00%  1.32%  0.00%  0.78%  0.00%  354.73  0.00%  4 
1971 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  351.01  0.00%  3 
1971 Veterans  6  0.00%  3.26%  50.00%  5.43%  50.00%  351.01  0.00%  7 
1972 BBWAA  3  33.33%  6.38%  66.67%  9.09%  66.67%  346.07  33.33%  3 
1972 Veterans  2  0.00%  1.10%  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%  346.07  0.00%  7 
1973 BBWAA  2  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  341.72  100.00%  1 
1973 Veterans  2  0.00%  1.13%  100.00%  50.00%  50.00%  341.72  50.00%  7 
1974 BBWAA  2  50.00%  11.76%  50.00%  14.81%  50.00%  341.44  50.00%  2 
1974 Veterans  2  0.00%  2.22%  0.00%  1.90%  0.00%  341.44  0.00%  7 
1975 BBWAA  1  0.00%  5.00%  0.00%  3.57%  0.00%  341.04  0.00%  2 
1975 Veterans  2  0.00%  5.88%  0.00%  4.08%  0.00%  341.04  0.00%  7 
1976 BBWAA  2  0.00%  10.00%  50.00%  10.71%  50.00%  339.30  5000.00%  2 
1976 Veterans  1  0.00%  1.14%  50.00%  1.60%  50.00%  339.30  50.00%  7 
1977 BBWAA  1  0.00%  33.33%  0.00%  13.33%  100.00%  337.40  0.00%  2 
1977 Veterans  2  0.00%  5.88%  0.00%  4.17%  0.00%  337.40  0.00%  9 
1978 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  336.51  100.00%  1 
1978 Veterans  1  0.00%  0.55%  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%  336.51  0.00%  9 
1979 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  336.25  100.00%  1 
1979 Veterans  1  0.00%  0.87%  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%  336.25  0.00%  9 
1980 BBWAA  2  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  337.77  100.00%  0 
1980 Veterans  1  0.00%  1.15%  0.00%  0.97%  0.00%  337.77  0.00%  8 
1981 BBWAA  1  0.00%  20.00%  100.00%  12.50%  100.00%  337.92  0.00%  1 
1981 Veterans  1  0.00%  12.50%  100.00%  12.50%  100.00%  337.92  100.00%  7 
1982 BBWAA  2  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  337.76  100.00%  2 
1982 Veterans  1  0.00%  0.66%  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%  337.76  0.00%  7 
1983 BBWAA  2  0.00%  10.53%  50.00%  10.00%  50.00%  340.40  50.00%  3 
1983 Veterans  1  0.00%  0.91%  0.00%  0.79%  50.00%  340.40  50.00%  3 
1984 BBWAA  3  33.33%  15.79%  33.33%  13.79%  33.33%  339.16  33.33%  2 
1984 Veterans  2  0.00%  0.61%  50.00%  1.49%  50.00%  339.16  0.00%  7 
1985 BBWAA  2  50.00%  9.52%  50.00%  9.38%  50.00%  337.42  50.00%  2 
1985 Veterans  2  0.00%  12.50%  100.00%  12.50%  100.00%  337.42  50.00%  7 
1986 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  336.97  100.00%  2 
1986 Veterans  2  0.00%  1.42%  0.00%  0.75%  0.00%  336.97  0.00%  7 
1987 BBWAA  2  50.00%  4.76%  50.00%  5.13%  50.00%  336.28  50.00%  1 
1987 Veterans  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  336.28  N/A  7 
1988 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  335.67  100.00%  1 
1988 Veterans  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  335.67  N/A  7 
1989 BBWAA  2  50.00%  66.67%  100.00%  71.43%  100.00%  335.90  100.00%  2 
1989 Veterans  1  0.00%  1.85%  0.00%  1.47%  0.00%  335.90  0.00%  7 
1990 BBWAA  2  50.00%  9.09%  100.00%  21.74%  100.00%  336.52  50.00%  2 
1990 Veterans  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  336.52  N/A  7 
1991 BBWAA  3  66.67%  42.86%  100.00%  42.86%  100.00%  337.47  50.00%  2 
1991 Veterans  1  0.00%  1.54%  0.00%  1.27%  0.00%  337.47  0.00%  7 
1992 BBWAA  2  50.00%  2.74%  50.00%  3.28%  50.00%  337.34  50.00%  3 
1992 Veterans  1  0.00%  2.08%  0.00%  1.61%  0.00%  337.34  0.00%  7 
1993 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  336.30  100.00%  4 
1993 Veterans  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  336.30  N/A  7 
1994 BBWAA  1  0.00%  50.00%  100.00%  50.00%  100.00%  336.95  100.00%  4 
1994 Veterans  1  0.00%  0.88%  0.00%  0.77%  0.00%  336.95  0.00%  7 
1995 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  336.49  100.00%  5 
1995 Veterans  2  0.00%  9.09%  50.00%  7.50%  50.00%  336.49  0.00%  7 
1996 BBWAA  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  336.95  N/A  5 
1996 Veterans  1  0.00%  1.59%  0.00%  1.25%  0.00%  336.95  0.00%  7 
1997 BBWAA  1  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  100.00%  336.49  100.00%  5 
1997 Veterans  1  0.00%  5.00%  100.00%  5.00%  100.00%  336.49  0.00%  8 
1998 BBWAA  1  0.00%  8.33%  0.00%  8.33%  100.00%  336.52  0.00%  6 
1998 Veterans  2  50.00%  2.13%  50.00%  4.55%  50.00%  336.52  50.00%  7 
1999 BBWAA  3  66.67%  30.00%  100.00%  27.27%  100.00%  336.38  66.67%  7 
1999 Veterans  1  0.00%  5.88%  100.00%  5.88%  100.00%  336.38  0.00%  7 
2000 BBWAA  2  50.00%  50.00%  100.00%  50.00%  100.00%  337.23  100.00%  5 
2000 Veterans  1  0.00%  5.56%  100.00%  5.56%  100.00%  337.23  0.00%  7 
2001 BBWAA  2  50.00%  3.45%  50.00%  8.00%  50.00%  337.28  50.00%  6 
2001 Veterans  1  0.00%  0.66%  0.00%  0.00%  0.00%  337.28  0.00%  7 
2002 BBWAA  1  0.00%  10.00%  100.00%  10.00%  100.00%  336.77  0.00%  7 
2002 Veterans  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  336.77  N/A  7 
2003 BBWAA  2  50.00%  22.22%  100.00%  26.32%  100.00%  336.70  100.00%  7 
2003 Veterans  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  336.70  N/A  7 
2004 BBWAA  2  50.00%  9.52%  100.00%  11.63%  100.00%  337.23  50.00%  7 
2004 Veterans (No election)  0  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  337.23  N/A  7 
A couple things that I didn’t do before but that I’d like to do now are to compare each election against the current Hall of Fame average Win Share total (337.23) and to look at the active players each year and compare them against this total. First, checking for career Win Shares over 337:
Yr  voted by  >336 WS Elig  # Elected  % elected  Diff 
1936  BBWAA  37  5  13.51%  32 
1937  BBWAA  34  3  8.82%  31 
1938  BBWAA  32  1  3.13%  31 
1939  BBWAA  32  1  3.13%  31 
1942  BBWAA  30  1  3.33%  29 
1945  BBWAA  32  0  0.00%  32 
1945  Old Timers  22  3  13.64%  19 
1946  BBWAA  10  0  0.00%  10 
1946  Old Timers  19  2  10.53%  17 
1947  BBWAA  10  2  20.00%  8 
1948  BBWAA  9  0  0.00%  9 
1949  BBWAA  10  1  10.00%  9 
1949  Old Timers  17  1  5.88%  16 
1950  BBWAA  9  0  0.00%  9 
1951  BBWAA  10  2  20.00%  8 
1952  BBWAA  9  2  22.22%  7 
1953  BBWAA  7  1  14.29%  6 
1953  Veterans  16  1  6.25%  15 
1954  BBWAA  7  0  0.00%  7 
1955  BBWAA  7  1  14.29%  6 
1955  Veterans  15  0  0.00%  15 
1956  BBWAA  6  0  0.00%  6 
1957  Veterans  16  1  6.25%  15 
1958  BBWAA  5  0  0.00%  5 
1959  Veterans  16  1  6.25%  15 
1960  BBWAA  4  0  0.00%  4 
1961  Veterans  15  2  13.33%  13 
1962  BBWAA  4  0  0.00%  4 
1962  Veterans  14  0  0.00%  14 
1963  Veterans  14  1  7.14%  13 
1964  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1964  Veterans  13  2  15.38%  11 
1965  Veterans  11  1  9.09%  10 
1966  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1966  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1967  BBWAA  2  0  0.00%  2 
1967  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1968  BBWAA  2  0  0.00%  2 
1968  Veterans  11  1  9.09%  10 
1969  BBWAA  2  1  50.00%  1 
1969  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1970  BBWAA  2  0  0.00%  2 
1970  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1971  BBWAA  4  0  0.00%  4 
1971  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1972  BBWAA  5  1  20.00%  4 
1972  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1973  BBWAA  4  1  25.00%  3 
1973  Veterans  11  1  9.09%  10 
1974  BBWAA  4  1  25.00%  3 
1974  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1975  BBWAA  3  0  0.00%  3 
1975  Veterans  10  0  0.00%  10 
1976  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1976  Veterans  10  1  10.00%  9 
1977  BBWAA  2  0  0.00%  2 
1977  Veterans  9  0  0.00%  9 
1978  BBWAA  2  1  50.00%  1 
1978  Veterans  9  0  0.00%  9 
1979  BBWAA  2  1  50.00%  1 
1979  Veterans  9  0  0.00%  9 
1980  BBWAA  2  2  100.00%  0 
1980  Veterans  9  0  0.00%  9 
1981  BBWAA  1  0  0.00%  1 
1981  Veterans  9  1  11.11%  8 
1982  BBWAA  4  2  50.00%  2 
1982  Veterans  8  0  0.00%  8 
1983  BBWAA  4  1  25.00%  3 
1983  Veterans  8  0  0.00%  8 
1984  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1984  Veterans  8  0  0.00%  8 
1985  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1985  Veterans  8  1  12.50%  7 
1986  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1986  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1987  BBWAA  2  1  50.00%  1 
1987  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1988  BBWAA  2  1  50.00%  1 
1988  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1989  BBWAA  4  2  50.00%  2 
1989  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1990  BBWAA  3  1  33.33%  2 
1990  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1991  BBWAA  4  2  50.00%  2 
1991  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1992  BBWAA  4  1  25.00%  3 
1992  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1993  BBWAA  5  1  20.00%  4 
1993  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1994  BBWAA  5  1  20.00%  4 
1994  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1995  BBWAA  6  1  16.67%  5 
1995  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1996  BBWAA  5  0  0.00%  5 
1996  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
1997  BBWAA  6  1  16.67%  5 
1997  Veterans  8  0  0.00%  8 
1998  BBWAA  6  0  0.00%  6 
1998  Veterans  8  1  12.50%  7 
1999  BBWAA  9  2  22.22%  7 
1999  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
2000  BBWAA  7  2  28.57%  5 
2000  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
2001  BBWAA  7  1  14.29%  6 
2001  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
2002  BBWAA  7  0  0.00%  7 
2002  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
2003  BBWAA  9  2  22.22%  7 
2003  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
2004  BBWAA  8  1  12.50%  7 
2004  Veterans  7  0  0.00%  7 
Now, the totals per year:
Yr  >336 WS Elig  Elected  % elected  Diff 
1936  37  5  13.51%  32 
1937  34  3  8.82%  31 
1938  32  1  3.13%  31 
1939  32  4  12.50%  28 
1942  30  1  3.33%  29 
1945  32  3  9.38%  29 
1946  29  2  6.90%  27 
1947  27  2  7.41%  25 
1948  26  0  0.00%  26 
1949  27  3  11.11%  24 
1950  25  0  0.00%  25 
1951  26  2  7.69%  24 
1952  25  2  8.00%  23 
1953  23  2  8.70%  21 
1954  22  0  0.00%  22 
1955  22  1  4.55%  21 
1956  21  0  0.00%  21 
1957  21  1  4.76%  20 
1958  20  0  0.00%  20 
1959  20  1  5.00%  19 
1960  19  0  0.00%  19 
1961  19  2  10.53%  17 
1962  17  0  0.00%  17 
1963  17  1  5.88%  16 
1964  16  4  25.00%  12 
1965  13  1  7.69%  12 
1966  13  1  7.69%  12 
1967  12  0  0.00%  12 
1968  13  1  7.69%  12 
1969  12  1  8.33%  11 
1970  12  0  0.00%  12 
1971  14  0  0.00%  14 
1972  15  1  6.67%  14 
1973  15  2  13.33%  13 
1974  14  1  7.14%  13 
1975  13  0  0.00%  13 
1976  13  2  15.38%  11 
1977  11  0  0.00%  11 
1978  11  1  9.09%  10 
1979  11  1  9.09%  10 
1980  11  2  18.18%  9 
1981  10  1  10.00%  9 
1982  12  2  16.67%  10 
1983  12  1  8.33%  11 
1984  11  1  9.09%  10 
1985  11  2  18.18%  9 
1986  10  1  10.00%  9 
1987  9  1  11.11%  8 
1988  9  1  11.11%  8 
1989  11  2  18.18%  9 
1990  10  1  10.00%  9 
1991  11  2  18.18%  9 
1992  11  1  9.09%  10 
1993  12  1  8.33%  11 
1994  12  1  8.33%  11 
1995  13  1  7.69%  12 
1996  12  0  0.00%  12 
1997  14  1  7.14%  13 
1998  14  1  7.14%  13 
1999  16  2  12.50%  14 
2000  14  2  14.29%  12 
2001  14  1  7.14%  13 
2002  14  0  0.00%  14 
2003  16  2  12.50%  14 
2004  15  1  6.67%  14 
OK, so the Hall was selecting these players gradually and whittling them down into the single digits. That is, until recently. The numbers have gone up over the last dozen years. There are more eligible candidates with at least as many career Win Shares as the Hall average today then there were in 1980 or 1990.
Let’s see who’s being singled out. Here is the number of active players per year who would achieve 337 Win Shares over their careers with a breakdown by who is and who is not in the Hall:
Yr  Total  >336 WS  %Total  Not in Hall  %  In Hall  % 
1871  115  1  0.87%   0.00%  1  100.00% 
1872  156  1  0.64%   0.00%  1  100.00% 
1873  125  1  0.80%   0.00%  1  100.00% 
1874  123  1  0.81%   0.00%  1  100.00% 
1875  218  2  0.92%   0.00%  2  100.00% 
1876  124  1  0.81%   0.00%  1  100.00% 
1877  97  1  1.03%   0.00%  1  100.00% 
1878  80  2  2.50%   0.00%  2  100.00% 
1879  127  4  3.15%   0.00%  4  100.00% 
1880  135  8  5.93%   0.00%  8  100.00% 
1881  132  9  6.82%  1  11.11%  8  88.89% 
1882  251  10  3.98%  1  10.00%  9  90.00% 
1883  282  9  3.19%  1  11.11%  8  88.89% 
1884  782  11  1.41%  2  18.18%  9  81.82% 
1885  353  11  3.12%  1  9.09%  10  90.91% 
1886  351  11  3.13%  2  18.18%  9  81.82% 
1887  333  12  3.60%  3  25.00%  9  75.00% 
1888  351  14  3.99%  3  21.43%  11  78.57% 
1889  342  14  4.09%  3  21.43%  11  78.57% 
1890  574  18  3.14%  3  16.67%  15  83.33% 
1891  409  20  4.89%  4  20.00%  16  80.00% 
1892  310  21  6.77%  5  23.81%  16  76.19% 
1893  286  18  6.29%  6  33.33%  12  66.67% 
1894  294  18  6.12%  4  22.22%  14  77.78% 
1895  305  14  4.59%  2  14.29%  12  85.71% 
1896  295  14  4.75%  2  14.29%  12  85.71% 
1897  280  15  5.36%  3  20.00%  12  80.00% 
1898  323  13  4.02%  3  23.08%  10  76.92% 
1899  348  14  4.02%  3  21.43%  11  78.57% 
1900  195  15  7.69%  3  20.00%  12  80.00% 
1901  412  16  3.88%  3  18.75%  13  81.25% 
1902  455  16  3.52%  4  25.00%  12  75.00% 
1903  400  14  3.50%  3  21.43%  11  78.57% 
1904  406  15  3.69%  3  20.00%  12  80.00% 
1905  407  16  3.93%  3  18.75%  13  81.25% 
1906  437  15  3.43%  3  20.00%  12  80.00% 
1907  446  16  3.59%  3  18.75%  13  81.25% 
1908  470  16  3.40%  3  18.75%  13  81.25% 
1909  543  17  3.13%  3  17.65%  14  82.35% 
1910  538  17  3.16%  3  17.65%  14  82.35% 
1911  567  19  3.35%  3  15.79%  16  84.21% 
1912  630  15  2.38%  2  13.33%  13  86.67% 
1913  616  17  2.76%  3  17.65%  14  82.35% 
1914  795  17  2.14%  1  5.88%  16  94.12% 
1915  796  17  2.14%  1  5.88%  16  94.12% 
1916  565  18  3.19%  1  5.56%  17  94.44% 
1917  516  16  3.10%  2  12.50%  14  87.50% 
1918  505  12  2.38%  1  8.33%  11  91.67% 
1919  534  12  2.25%  1  8.33%  11  91.67% 
1920  514  11  2.14%   0.00%  11  100.00% 
1921  520  12  2.31%   0.00%  12  100.00% 
1922  513  12  2.34%   0.00%  12  100.00% 
1923  530  13  2.45%   0.00%  13  100.00% 
1924  547  15  2.74%   0.00%  15  100.00% 
1925  557  17  3.05%   0.00%  17  100.00% 
1926  526  21  3.99%   0.00%  21  100.00% 
1927  541  19  3.51%   0.00%  19  100.00% 
1928  530  17  3.21%   0.00%  17  100.00% 
1929  530  15  2.83%   0.00%  15  100.00% 
1930  531  16  3.01%   0.00%  16  100.00% 
1931  509  12  2.36%   0.00%  12  100.00% 
1932  527  14  2.66%   0.00%  14  100.00% 
1933  491  14  2.85%   0.00%  14  100.00% 
1934  521  13  2.50%   0.00%  13  100.00% 
1935  513  13  2.53%   0.00%  13  100.00% 
1936  510  14  2.75%   0.00%  14  100.00% 
1937  526  14  2.66%   0.00%  14  100.00% 
1938  530  12  2.26%   0.00%  12  100.00% 
1939  579  13  2.25%   0.00%  13  100.00% 
1940  541  11  2.03%   0.00%  11  100.00% 
1941  582  13  2.23%   0.00%  13  100.00% 
1942  539  12  2.23%   0.00%  12  100.00% 
1943  557  6  1.08%   0.00%  6  100.00% 
1944  569  6  1.05%   0.00%  6  100.00% 
1945  579  4  0.69%   0.00%  4  100.00% 
1946  682  8  1.17%   0.00%  8  100.00% 
1947  582  10  1.72%   0.00%  10  100.00% 
1948  573  10  1.75%   0.00%  10  100.00% 
1949  573  10  1.75%   0.00%  10  100.00% 
1950  577  9  1.56%   0.00%  9  100.00% 
1951  616  10  1.62%   0.00%  10  100.00% 
1952  632  10  1.58%   0.00%  10  100.00% 
1953  586  10  1.71%   0.00%  10  100.00% 
1954  576  12  2.08%   0.00%  12  100.00% 
1955  655  14  2.14%   0.00%  14  100.00% 
1956  621  15  2.42%   0.00%  15  100.00% 
1957  615  15  2.44%   0.00%  15  100.00% 
1958  638  15  2.35%   0.00%  15  100.00% 
1959  632  17  2.69%   0.00%  17  100.00% 
1960  637  17  2.67%   0.00%  17  100.00% 
1961  698  18  2.58%   0.00%  18  100.00% 
1962  760  20  2.63%   0.00%  20  100.00% 
1963  752  24  3.19%  3  12.50%  21  87.50% 
1964  754  25  3.32%  3  12.00%  22  88.00% 
1965  751  27  3.60%  3  11.11%  24  88.89% 
1966  774  24  3.10%  3  12.50%  21  87.50% 
1967  786  27  3.44%  3  11.11%  24  88.89% 
1968  715  26  3.64%  3  11.54%  23  88.46% 
1969  932  26  2.79%  4  15.38%  22  84.62% 
1970  919  26  2.83%  5  19.23%  21  80.77% 
1971  883  27  3.06%  5  18.52%  22  81.48% 
1972  888  30  3.38%  6  20.00%  24  80.00% 
1973  892  30  3.36%  6  20.00%  24  80.00% 
1974  914  32  3.50%  6  18.75%  26  81.25% 
1975  907  31  3.42%  6  19.35%  25  80.65% 
1976  886  33  3.72%  9  27.27%  24  72.73% 
1977  984  30  3.05%  8  26.67%  22  73.33% 
1978  960  28  2.92%  7  25.00%  21  75.00% 
1979  961  31  3.23%  10  32.26%  21  67.74% 
1980  950  30  3.16%  9  30.00%  21  70.00% 
1981  944  30  3.18%  11  36.67%  19  63.33% 
1982  992  32  3.23%  13  40.63%  19  59.38% 
1983  1006  32  3.18%  13  40.63%  19  59.38% 
1984  984  30  3.05%  15  50.00%  15  50.00% 
1985  998  29  2.91%  15  51.72%  14  48.28% 
1986  1017  31  3.05%  15  48.39%  16  51.61% 
1987  1048  28  2.67%  14  50.00%  14  50.00% 
1988  1035  25  2.42%  16  64.00%  9  36.00% 
1989  1073  24  2.24%  17  70.83%  7  29.17% 
1990  1115  23  2.06%  15  65.22%  8  34.78% 
1991  1086  21  1.93%  14  66.67%  7  33.33% 
1992  1066  21  1.97%  14  66.67%  7  33.33% 
1993  1180  20  1.69%  14  70.00%  6  30.00% 
1994  1030  16  1.55%  13  81.25%  3  18.75% 
1995  1253  15  1.20%  12  80.00%  3  20.00% 
1996  1253  15  1.20%  12  80.00%  3  20.00% 
1997  1236  16  1.29%  13  81.25%  3  18.75% 
1998  1322  11  0.83%  10  90.91%  1  9.09% 
1999  1299  10  0.77%  10  100.00%   0.00% 
2000  1382  9  0.65%  9  100.00%   0.00% 
2001  1339  10  0.75%  10  100.00%   0.00% 
2002  1319  6  0.45%  6  100.00%   0.00% 
Avg  83284  2124  2.55%  481  22.65%  1643  77.35% 
It seems that the expansionera players have been singled out as well as us, the fans of expansionera baseball, to be roundly ignored by the Hall (that is, unless you can remember the War Betwixt the States or at least WWI pretty clearly). Doesn’t this seem evident in what the writers and veteran players have been saying lately: they don’t like the wimpy DH. They don’t like wimpy starters who can’t finish games. They don’t like watered down staffs. They don’t like closers picking up cheap saves with a threerun lead in the ninth. They don’t like inflated power numbers. They don’t like Astroturf, steroids, domes, multipurpose stadiums, divisions, extra rounds of playoffs. They don’t like Mondays: they want to shoot the whole thing down. They basically don’t like the game that’s been played over the last 40 years, and they devalue the stars from this era. Well, maybe not the Barry Bondses and Roger Clemenses. But certainly the Lou Whitakers and Darrell Evanses.
So what is to be done?
Many say nothing must be done. The Hall has finally adopted a reasonable standard they say and it's about time. These are the same people who told you when you were eight that there was no Santa Claus and who wouldn't flip baseball cards for fear of damaging them.
If they want two Hall of Fames, one for ye olde tyme players represented by the likes of Tommy McCarthy and Travis Jackson and one for postexpansion players in which Ron Santo and Ryne Sandberg have to buy a ticket, then that's fine. It's not fair, but if you're OK with that, then have at it. Oh, but it's problematic: what happens in fifty years or a hundred? Is this a line drawn in the sand or a momentary blip on the radar? What if Tommy McCarthy's greatgreatgreatgreatgreatgrandson follows in his forebear's footsteps and is among the worst players in the Hall of Fame while Darrell Evans III is still on the outside? So the heroes or of my youth are supposed to wait on the outside. Why me? It's all a plot against me personally. And I don't like that.
Some will say that the Hall is no longer relevant, that if you know enough to pick out the poor Hall choices, then you have your own ideas about who's Hallworthy. Well, aren't you special? If you don't care, then you don't get a say. I do care and a great deal of other people do, too. We want a real Hall of Fame, a fair and balanced Hall of Fame. Again I take this as a personal attack on me or rather my values. Remember, just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean people are not against you.
My megalomania aside, neither of these two responses takes care of the Hall's problems. Even if you accept the double standard now being employed, what do you say to Babe Dahlgren and Tony Mullane? (Remember they're dead, so you'll need a medium or maybe an extralarge.)
Here are the things I would change:
First, eliminate the 5% rule. There have been twenty Hall of Famers voted in by the baseball writers who at one time in their candidacy received less than five percent of the writer vote (including Warren Spahn, who received one vote while active). All but 15 of the veterans’ choices would fail that test.
Besides there are now a good number of strong candidates who were removed from the writers’ ballot due to this rule. Four of the five top candidates (by Win Shares) who should be eligible to the writers’ ballot have been removed. The only one who was on the ballot in 2004 has now been voted into the Hall (Paul Molitor). So the top four will not be on the ballot next year (though they would then behind freshman candidate Wade Boggs).
Yes, history tells us that the field must be narrowed or no one candidate will reach the prescribed number of votes, but there are better ways to do this, which I'll go into later.
History also tells us that the more voters involved, the fewer the number players selected. The most efficient body had always been the old (pre2003) veterans committees, who are usually very small in number especially when compared with the baseball writers' voting body.
That's why my next suggestion may seem a bit odd. I think the vote should be broadened beyond the baseball writers. One advantage opening the vote to more informed individuals is that the eccentricities of a certain body or of the leader of that body, the cause of most of the poor choices in the Hall, can be minimized. (Remember Ted Williams support of Dom DiMaggio? How about Joe Morgan's current devotion to Dave Concepcion?)
Besides, the fact that the custodians of the Hall are the writers on a fluke. Why? Because the baseball writers were the entire media in the midThirties. There were a scant few radio broadcasts and no TV broadcasts as yet—not even on ESPN. Baseball scholarship was based on the Reach and Spalding baseball guides, that were soon to become the Sporting News guide. Henry Chadwick had passed on and Bill James was not yet born. The Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) was not yet a twinkle in the eye of founder L. Robert Davids. Al Gore had yet to invent the Internet.
Now, beat writers who cover baseball have devolved to lookerroom hangerson who act as a conduit for Carl Everett's latest tantrum as well as a lightning rod for the locals collective angst. Even at the outset, the writers acknowledged that they had no affinity for the old time players. In 1939, their head approached commissioner Landis to cede the sovereignty over the nineteenthcentury players to the Hall's Permanent Committee (as the Old Timers Committee). The writers were promised authority over all twentiethcentury players, a promise that lasted only seven years (and was thoroughly blurred even during those seven years). In 1946, the writers' authority was limited to all players who were active in the previous 25 years, and that number has varied ever since (now 20 years). The abdicated control over 60 years ago. Now's the time for a better system to step in.
So what's my proposal? Enfranchise the TV and radio broadcasters, the Internet writers, the SABR scholars, player (active and retired), and even the fans. Add everyone willynilly? Well, willy, but definitely nilly. I propose that the same standard (10 years experience) be employed throughout. TV and radio broadcasters need ten years experience to get a vote. All SABR members with 10 years of membership get a vote. Internet writers are required to have been covering the game for at least two seasons (10 wouldn't work). The fans are problematic, but I think if you split the groups into separate bodies.
But how could anyone ever garner the support of so many diverse people? That brings me to my next suggestion: Lower the threshold for election from 75% to 50%. "Shock and horrors!" you say? Well, we have already seen that the only player to pass through the writers ballot without being elected while amassing more than half the votes was Gil Hodges. And Hodges will be the first player selected by the vets once they straighten out their system. There are actively eligible players who have received more than 50% of the writers' vote (Sandberg, Rice, Sutter, and Dawson), but they all have a very good chance of being elected.
You may also say that some individuals will be granted multiple votes due to their membership in multiple groups. Joe Morgan, that Renaissance man he, would have a vote as an explayer, as a TV broadcaster, as an Internet writer, and presumably as a fan ( I doubt he's in SABR, but I'll check). I would have three votes myself: as a SABR member, as an internet scribe, and as a fan. I say that's OK, not only because I like the power, but because the separation of the groups will minimize the effects stemming from this multiple personality disorder.
My next suggestion is to eliminate the Veterans Committee. The voters will be rolled into one of the bodies above and their candidates will be thrown back in with the rest of the ballplayers. I think that the average fan is aware of Ron Santo and Gil Hodges.
However, opening the vote to all past players while broadening the voting community seems like a recipe for the logjam disasters of the past that brought about the veterans committee in the first place. Well, my next suggestion is to limit the players eligible to around 2530 via a nominating phase. Have fans vote on the AllStar ballot. Coordinate the other groups' votes to coincide with the AllStar game as well. Take the top 5 from each ballot. If there is overlap, pick the next candidate by averaging the percentages across all groups. If you don't like that, have the SABR scholars pick the 25 best candidates.
At the AllStar game, announce the Hall of Fame candidates. Let the writers and broadcasters voice their opinions during the season when more people are listening. Then have the final vote at the end of the season or during the offseason. Average the percentages across all groups or require that the candidate meet the voting requirements in four of the (By the way, a number of these suggestions were made by Bill James in his Hall of Fame book as well. I agree with the spirit of his proposals, but tweaked the details.)
OK, that's what we do going forward, and I expect the Clark family, that runs the Hall of Fame as well as the city of Cooperstown, to come knocking any minute to implement it. However, I have a suggestion for the past blunders. I think all of the Veterans Committee selection from the past should be thrown open for review. The baseball writers have made their fair share of questionable calls (Catfish Hunter and Rollie Fingers come to mind), but their choices have been far better and have been free of the rank scent of cronyism. Here's a table of all the GradeD Hall of Famers voted in by the Veterans:
Name  Win Shares  Inducted 
Tommy McCarthy  170  1946 
Lefty Gomez  185  1972 
Chick Hafey  186  1971 
Ray Schalk  191  1955 
Addie Joss  191  1978 
Freddie Lindstrom  193  1976 
George Kelly  193  1973 
Ross Youngs  206  1972 
Rick Ferrell  206  1984 
Jesse Haines  207  1970 
Rube Marquard  208  1971 
Jack Chesbro  209  1946 
Travis Jackson  211  1982 
Hughie Jennings  214  1945 
Ernie Lombardi  218  1986 
Bill Mazeroski  219  2001 
Hack Wilson  224  1979 
Notice that most were selected during the cronyladen Seventies and midForties. Of those listed, Maz, who is arguably the best defensive second baseman ever, is probably the best candidate. By means of comparison, here are the GradeD baseball writersinducted Hall of Famers:
Name  Win Shares  Inducted 
Dizzy Dean  181  1953 
Rollie Fingers  188  1992 
Sandy Koufax  194  1972 
Catfish Hunter  206  1987 
Roy Campanella  207  1969 
Of those, Koufax is considered by many to be among the greatest lefthanders of all time and Campanella is probably among the top five catchers. Dean, Fingers, and Hunter are iffy, at best, choices but I think the Hall can sustain them. Meanwhile, Joss doesn't even qualify for election to the Hall (only nine years of service). And the rest of the veterans' list are usually the ones pointed to as the worst selections of all time. Now, I'm not saying Win Shares (alone) should be the deciding factor. They do tend to point one to the poorest choices though.
Have the SABR scholars review them and remove the poor choices. (That includes nonHallworthy executives, of which Morgan Bulkeley is the worst. He has no more business being in the Hall than anyone ever affiliated with the game. His claim to fame was being the first NL president for a year until William Hulbert, the real power in the early NL, decided that he wanted the untilthen figurehead position.) It should be a onetime readjustment, and I would prefer that only deceased players be expunged. We don't want people thinking their childhood star that cruised into the Hall will oneday be unenshrined.
By removing these players, the Hall will regain its air of credibility. It would also undercut the arguments for many candidates who are similarly unworthy of enshrinement. Decommission their plaques and sell'em on Ebay.
Well, there it is. It took long enough to get here, but I hope it was worth the ride. You don't have to agree with it. I'm sure there are other plans that work better. But I hope that you agree that something has to change. Let's start the conversation rolling so we can fix this mess.
Like School on Saturday, Part XIV
20040119 01:51
by Mike Carminati
1995 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
467  Mike Schmidt  A  96.52%  Y 
374  Phil Niekro  B  62.17%  N 
363  Darrell Evans  B  1.74%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  5.00%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  56.30%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  15.65%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  6.09%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  6.96%  N 
319  Don Sutton  B  57.39%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  10.87%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  7.61%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  1.74%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.49 WS avg)? 100.00% (Five others qualified.)
1995 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  Y 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 9.09%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 7.50%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.49 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
(By the way, Joe Jackson, 294 WS, was no longer eligible due to the rule change to bar players on the permanently ineligible list, i.e., Pete Rose.)
1996 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Phil Niekro  B  68.30%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  5.11%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  65.74%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  18.94%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  7.87%  N 
319  Don Sutton  B  63.83%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  10.64%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  5.11%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  5.11%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.95 WS avg)? N/A (Five qualified.)
1996 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
257  Jim Bunning  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.59%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.25%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.95 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
(By the way, Joe Jackson, 294 WS, was no longer eligible due to the rule change to bar players on the permanently ineligible list, i.e., Pete Rose.)
1997 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Phil Niekro  B  80.34%  Y 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  3.81%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  65.96%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  5.92%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  16.70%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  24.52%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  4.65%  N 
319  Don Sutton  B  73.15%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  22.20%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  0.00%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  4.23%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.49 WS avg)? 100.00% (Five others qualified.)
1997 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 5.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.49 WS avg)? 0.00% (Eight qualified.)
1998 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  67.86%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  10.36%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  0.00%  N 
337  Gary Carter  B  42.28%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  17.55%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
319  Don Sutton  B  81.61%  Y 
316  Jack Clark  B  1.48%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  1.06%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  0.00%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 8.33%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 8.33%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.52 WS avg)? 0.00% (Six qualified.)
1998 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  Y 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
282  Boog Powell  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Ron Fairly  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.13%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 4.55%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.52 WS avg)? 50.00% (Seven others qualified.)
(By the way, Joe Jackson, 294 WS, was no longer eligible due to the rule change to bar players on the permanently ineligible list, i.e., Pete Rose.)
1999 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
432  George Brett  A  98.19%  Y 
423  Robin Yount  A  77.46%  Y 
368  Carlton Fisk  B  66.40%  N 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  60.76%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  3.62%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  14.08%  N 
337  Gary Carter  B  33.80%  N 
334  Nolan Ryan  B  98.79%  Y 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  16.10%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jack Clark  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  6.84%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 66.67%
Percentage based on bypassed: 30.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 27.27%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.38 WS avg)? 66.67% (Ryan just missed. Seven others qualified.)
1999 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  0.00%  Y 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.88%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 5.88%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.38 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
2000 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
368  Carlton Fisk  B  79.56%  Y 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  77.15%  Y 
347  Dwight Evans  B  0.00%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  17.43%  N 
337  Gary Carter  B  49.70%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  20.84%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jack Clark  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  10.42%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 50.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.23 WS avg)? 100.00% (Five others qualified.)
2000 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  Y 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.56%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 5.56%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.23 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
2001 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
415  Dave Winfield  A  84.47%  Y 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
351  Lou Whitaker  B  2.91%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  0.00%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  23.50%  N 
337  Gary Carter  B  64.85%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  16.31%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jack Clark  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  7.96%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
298  Brian Downing  C  0.00%  N 
296  Cesar Cedeno  C  0.00%  N 
294  Dale Murphy  C  18.06%  N 
289  Tommy John  C  28.35%  N 
287  Toby Harrah  C  0.00%  N 
286  Amos Otis  C  0.00%  N 
283  Sal Bando  C  0.00%  N 
282  Jim Rice  C  57.86%  N 
281  Kirby Puckett  C  82.14%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 3.45%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 8.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.28 WS avg)? 50.00% (Six others qualified.)
2001 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Sal Bando  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
283  Minnie Minoso  C  0.00%  N 
282  Boog Powell  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Ron Fairly  C  0.00%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
263  Roy White  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jim Fregosi  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
253  Maury Wills  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  0.00%  N 
247  Jim Gilliam  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Tony Oliva  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Felipe Alou  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Johnny Callison  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dick McAuliffe  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
236  Joe Adcock  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Willie Horton  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Roy Sievers  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
228  Gene Woodling  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
226  Alvin Dark  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Dick Groat  C  0.00%  N 
225  Larry Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Mickey Lolich  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Harvey Kuenn  D  0.00%  N 
223  Roger Maris  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Curt Flood  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Andy Pafko  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
219  Bill Mazeroski  D  0.00%  Y 
219  Vic Wertz  D  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.66%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.28 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
2002 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
351  Lou Whitaker  B  0.00%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  0.00%  N 
340  Andre Dawson  B  45.34%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  26.27%  N 
337  Gary Carter  B  72.67%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  13.98%  N 
325  Ozzie Smith  B  91.74%  Y 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
318  Alan Trammell  B  15.68%  N 
316  Jack Clark  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  6.14%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.77 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
2002 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.77 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
2003 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
437  Eddie Murray  A  85.28%  Y 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
351  Lou Whitaker  B  0.00%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  0.00%  N 
346  Ryne Sandberg  B  49.19%  N 
340  Andre Dawson  B  50.00%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  29.23%  N 
337  Gary Carter  B  78.02%  Y 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  10.28%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
318  Alan Trammell  B  14.11%  N 
316  Jack Clark  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  6.05%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50,00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 22.22%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 26.32%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.70 WS avg)? 100.00% (Seven others qualified.)
2003 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  16.05%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  56.79%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  25.93%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  35.80%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  6.17%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.70 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
2004 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
414  Paul Molitor  A  85.18%  Y 
363  Darrell Evans  B  0.00%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  0.00%  N 
351  Lou Whitaker  B  0.00%  N 
347  Dwight Evans  B  0.00%  N 
346  Ryne Sandberg  B  61.07%  N 
340  Andre Dawson  B  50.00%  N 
339  Bert Blyleven  B  35.38%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
327  Dave Parker  B  10.47%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  0.00%  N 
318  Alan Trammell  B  13.83%  N 
316  Jack Clark  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.00%  N 
312  Willie Randolph  B  0.00%  N 
311  Keith Hernandez  B  4.35%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
301  Buddy Bell  B  0.00%  N 
301  Dennis Eckersley  B  83.20%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 9.52%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 11.63%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.70 WS avg)? 50.00% (Seven others qualified.)
2004 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0 (There is no election this year.)
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.70 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
So there you have it. There are currently 14 men with Win Share totals greater than the Hall of Fame average, seven per committee. And neither one seems in a hurry to elect any of them. Well, perhaps that’s an overstatement: the writers seem to be moving toward electing Sandberg at some point and Dawson and Blyleven have some strong support. However, the other four over the Hall average Win Share total are not even on the ballot any longer and will have to wait until the veterans committee is an option. Dick Allen also has some support on the vets committee, but who knows if they’ll ever be able to elect anyone in their current configuration.
Next, I will have a final assessment and my means for fixing this mess.
By the way, Rich’s Weekend Baseball BEAT has a good overview of the Blyleven snubbing. (That is, if anyone has made it all the way through all of these posts.)
Like School on Saturday, Part XIII
20040118 01:56
by Mike Carminati
1990 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
512  Joe Morgan  A  81.76%  Y 
369  Gaylord Perry  B  72.07%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  13.06%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  21.62%  N 
323  Fergie Jenkins  B  66.67%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  8.11%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  12.39%  N 
312  Jim Palmer  B  92.57%  Y 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  47.52%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  6.76%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 9.09%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 21.74%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.52 WS avg)? 50.00% (Two others qualified.)
1990 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.52 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
1991 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
384  Rod Carew  B  90.52%  Y 
369  Gaylord Perry  B  77.20%  Y 
358  Rusty Staub  B  6.32%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  13.32%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  26.19%  N 
323  Fergie Jenkins  B  75.40%  Y 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  6.77%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  9.26%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  43.34%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  4.29%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  8.80%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 66.67%
Percentage based on bypassed: 42.86%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 42.86%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.47 WS avg)? 50.00% (Two others qualified.)
1991 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
257  Jim Bunning  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.54%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.27%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.47 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
(Note: Joe Jackson, 294 WS, was no longer eligible due to the rule change to bar players on the permanently ineligible list, i.e., Pete Rose.)
1992 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
388  Tom Seaver  B  98.84%  Y 
358  Rusty Staub  B  6.05%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  50.00%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  16.05%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  2.56%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  31.63%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  8.37%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  14.42%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  57.21%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  9.30%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Cesar Cedeno  C  0.47%  N 
287  Toby Harrah  C  0.23%  N 
286  Amos Otis  C  0.00%  N 
283  Sal Bando  C  0.00%  N 
283  Minnie Minoso  C  16.05%  N 
282  Boog Powell  C  0.00%  N 
280  Bert Campaneris  C  0.00%  N 
277  Bobby Murcer  C  0.00%  N 
269  Ron Fairly  C  0.00%  N 
269  George Foster  C  5.58%  N 
268  Jim Kaat  C  26.51%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Roy White  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jim Fregosi  C  0.00%  N 
258  Rick Monday  C  0.00%  N 
256  Luis Tiant  C  11.63%  N 
253  Maury Wills  C  25.58%  N 
247  Greg Luzinski  C  0.00%  N 
245  Tony Oliva  C  40.70%  N 
245  Dusty Baker  C  0.93%  N 
241  Felipe Alou  C  0.00%  N 
241  Johnny Callison  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dick McAuliffe  C  0.00%  N 
240  Jerry Koosman  C  0.00%  N 
236  Bob Watson  C  0.00%  N 
233  Willie Horton  C  0.00%  N 
231  Gene Tenace  C  0.00%  N 
225  Lee May  C  0.00%  N 
224  Mickey Lolich  D  10.47%  N 
219  Richie Hebner  D  0.00%  N 
219  Bill Mazeroski  D  42.33%  N 
216  George Scott  D  0.00%  N 
212  Jose Cardenal  D  0.00%  N 
212  Mike Hargrove  D  0.00%  N 
210  Milt Pappas  D  0.00%  N 
209  Rico Carty  D  0.00%  N 
207  Tommy Davis  D  0.00%  N 
206  Thurman Munson  D  7.44%  N 
205  Jim Perry  D  0.00%  N 
205  Rico Petrocelli  D  0.00%  N 
204  Tommy Harper  D  0.00%  N 
204  Tim McCarver  D  0.00%  N 
203  Garry Maddox  D  0.00%  N 
202  Vida Blue  D  5.35%  N 
201  Claude Osteen  D  0.00%  N 
199  Leo Cardenas  D  0.00%  N 
199  John Mayberry  D  0.00%  N 
198  Tony Taylor  D  0.00%  N 
197  Don Money  D  0.00%  N 
196  Jeff Burroughs  D  0.00%  N 
195  Dave Kingman  D  0.70%  N 
194  Ben Oglivie  D  0.00%  N 
191  Ron Hunt  D  0.00%  N 
190  Wilbur Wood  D  0.00%  N 
189  Bob Bailey  D  0.00%  N 
188  Rollie Fingers  D  81.16%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.74%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 3.28%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.34 WS avg)? 50.00% (Three others qualified.)
Rollie Fingers may be the one man in the Hall about which it can truly be said that he was in the right place at the right time. He went in the Hall based mostly on an MVP that he won undeservedly. The Hall voters seem to want one reliever per decade and Fingers became the Seventies rep even though Bruce Sutter and Goose Gossage both have better cases.
1992 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.08%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.61%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.34 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
(Note: Joe Jackson, 294 WS, was no longer eligible due to the rule change to bar players on the permanently ineligible list, i.e., Pete Rose.)
1993 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
444  Reggie Jackson  A  93.62%  Y 
374  Phil Niekro  B  65.72%  N 
358  Rusty Staub  B  7.57%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  55.08%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  16.55%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  36.64%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  8.98%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  14.89%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  59.57%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  10.64%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.30 WS avg)? 100.00% (Four others qualified.)
1993 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.30 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
1994 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Phil Niekro  B  60.00%  N 
366  Steve Carlton  B  95.82%  Y 
358  Rusty Staub  B  7.91%  N 
349  Tony Perez  B  57.80%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  14.51%  N 
329  Bobby Grich  B  0.00%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  32.97%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Graig Nettles  B  8.35%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  10.11%  N 
319  Don Sutton  B  56.92%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Ted Simmons  B  3.74%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  11.65%  N 
313  Jose Cruz  B  0.44%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  73.63%  N 
305  Al Oliver  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  8.13%  N 
302  Ken Singleton  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 50.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.95 WS avg)? 100.00% (Four others qualified.)
1994 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
257  Jim Bunning  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
253  Maury Wills  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  0.00%  N 
247  Jim Gilliam  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Felipe Alou  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Johnny Callison  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
236  Joe Adcock  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  Y 
231  Roy Sievers  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.88%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.77%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.95 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
It’s good to be the Scooter.
(By the way, Joe Jackson, 294 WS, and Eddie Cicotte, 247, were no longer eligible due to the rule change to bar players on the permanently ineligible list, i.e., Pete Rose.)
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part XII
20040118 01:53
by Mike Carminati
1985 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Billy Williams  B  63.80%  N 
348  Lou Brock  B  79.75%  Y 
342  Dick Allen  B  7.09%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  13.42%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  4.81%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  11.14%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  28.86%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  74.68%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
282  Boog Powell  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  17.22%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
269  Ron Fairly  C  0.76%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Roy White  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jim Fregosi  C  0.00%  N 
257  Jim Bunning  C  54.18%  N 
256  Hoyt Wilhelm  C  83.80%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 9.52%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 9.38%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.42 WS avg)? 50.00% (Two others qualified.)
[Ron Santo reappeared on the ballot after a fiveyear absence. He also was allowed to remain on the ballot for an additional four years so that he had 20 ballots in total over 24 years. It seems that the fivepercent rule (that a player who falls below 5% of the BBWAA vote falls off the ballot for subsequent seasons) had been in effect since about 1980. However, apparently the player would just fall off the ballot until either he was nominated anew or a certain number of years had passed (I can’t find the rule change so I’m not sure).
Also, today’s rule that the player must have been active in the last 20 years to be on the writers’ ballot had been a 20ballot cutoff. However, besides Santo only a handful exceeded the current twentyyear cutoff.
In this study I include all candidates that meet the basic eligibility rules. If the writers decide to keep a player off the ballot because of some arbitrary cutoff (i.e., 5%), that’s there prerogative. I still consider him eligible. He’s no different than someone who receives no votes in my book even though he goes into some Cooperstownian limbo until the veterans come knocking, twenty years after retirement. Actually, previously those players ould not even be considered by the veterans.]
1985 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  Y 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  Y 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.42 WS avg)? 50.00% (Seven others qualified.)
Two good choices? To quote Fred Willard in “A Mighty Mind” (or the English Beat album title), “Wha’ happened?”
1986 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
408  Willie McCovey  A  81.41%  Y 
374  Billy Williams  B  74.12%  N 
342  Dick Allen  B  9.65%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  15.06%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  10.12%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  14.12%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  35.76%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.97 WS avg)? 100.00% (Two others qualified.)
1986 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  Y 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
247  Jim Gilliam  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
236  Joe Adcock  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  Roy Sievers  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
228  Gene Woodling  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
226  Alvin Dark  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Harvey Kuenn  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Andy Pafko  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
219  Vic Wertz  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.42%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.75%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.97 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
1987 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Billy Williams  B  85.71%  Y 
342  Dick Allen  B  13.32%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  18.89%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  11.62%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  11.38%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  43.34%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  5.81%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
283  Minnie Minoso  C  19.85%  N 
283  Sal Bando  C  0.73%  N 
282  Boog Powell  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  23.24%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
269  Ron Fairly  C  0.00%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Roy White  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jim Fregosi  C  0.00%  N 
257  Jim Bunning  C  69.98%  N 
253  Maury Wills  C  27.36%  N 
245  Tony Oliva  C  38.74%  N 
241  Felipe Alou  C  0.00%  N 
241  Johnny Callison  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dick McAuliffe  C  0.00%  N 
233  Willie Horton  C  0.00%  N 
225  Dick Groat  C  0.00%  N 
225  Larry Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
224  Mickey Lolich  D  20.34%  N 
223  Roger Maris  D  42.62%  N 
221  Curt Flood  D  12.11%  N 
219  Bill Mazeroski  D  30.27%  N 
216  George Scott  D  0.00%  N 
212  Jose Cardenal  D  0.00%  N 
210  Milt Pappas  D  0.00%  N 
210  Curt Simmons  D  0.00%  N 
209  Rico Carty  D  0.00%  N 
209  Bill White  D  0.00%  N 
207  Tommy Davis  D  0.00%  N 
206  Thurman Munson  D  6.78%  N 
206  Catfish Hunter  D  76.27%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 4.76%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 5.13%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.28 WS avg)? 50.00% (One other qualified.)
Hunter is not really one of the stronger baseball writer choices.
1987 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.28 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
1988 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
370  Willie Stargell  B  82.44%  Y 
342  Dick Allen  B  12.18%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.70%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  25.29%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  15.69%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  14.05%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  46.60%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  6.32%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (335.67 WS avg)? 100.00% (One other qualified.)
1988 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (335.67 WS avg)? N/A (Seven qualified.)
1989 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
488  Carl Yastrzemski  A  94.63%  Y 
369  Gaylord Perry  B  68.01%  N 
356  Johnny Bench  B  96.42%  Y 
342  Dick Allen  B  7.83%  N 
325  Reggie Smith  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  16.78%  N 
323  Fergie Jenkins  B  52.35%  N 
322  Willie Davis  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  7.38%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  8.95%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  39.37%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
302  Bobby Bonds  B  6.49%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 66.67%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 71.43%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (335.90 WS avg)? 100.00% (Two others qualified.)
1989 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.85%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.47%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (335.90 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
To be continued…
Selig the Brewers by the Pound
20040117 01:58
by Mike Carminati
ESPN reports that Bud Selig and family will be selling the Milwaukee Brewers.
Before you naively reply that Selig's shares have been in trust during his time as commissioner, Let me say, "Ha!" I think that statement speaks for itself, but in case it doesn't: Does anyone believe that the Selig family would be selling the Brewers unless Big Daddy Bud wanted them to do so? And if he calls the shots, then what difference does it make that his shares are in trust? (Not to mention that every decision he has made as commissioner has been to help out the Milwaukee Welfare Brewers.)
Earlier this offseason, the Brewers announced that they were cutting payroll from the already low $40 M total in 2003 to $30 M. To that end they traded AllStar Richie Sexson. The Brewers have a municipally funded stadium that they can no longer fill (but at least it no longer leaks).
So what is really going on here? Bud, the man who allegedly bemoaned the loss of the Braves when they pulled up spikes and headed to Atlanta, has been slowly eroding any concept of the Brewers as a majorleague team. But that practice has been accelerated since attendance at the new stadium dried up. Now, he is doing what any good, incredibly myopic business man would do. He is cutting payroll to make his bottom line look good to a prosective buyer. This has been going on at least since the end of the 2003 season if not earlier.
At least the Braves were allowed to move and develop a new fan base in a new city. They have gone on to be one of the more successful teams of the last dozen years. But Bud takes the moral high ground while creating a welfare recipient of the highest order in his team at the same time that he is selling off any reasonably talented player. Doesn't this seem a bit disingenuous? Meanwhile he is still steering the Expos...towards contraction in 2007.
Like School on Saturday, Part XI
20040117 01:35
by Mike Carminati
1980 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
443  Al Kaline  A  88.31%  Y 
352  Duke Snider  B  86.49%  Y 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  34.81%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  3.90%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  1.56%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  12.47%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  41.82%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.77 WS avg)? 100.00% (No others qualified.)
This is as good an election as you get: everyone over the hall average gets elected. Snider who had been waiting finally gets in on his 11th try. Kaline gets in on his first ballot.
1980 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.15%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.97%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.77 WS avg)? 0.00% (Eight qualified.)
Yeah, sure. Why not?
1981 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
371  Harmon Killebrew  B  59.60%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  35.41%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  4.49%  N 
317  Bob Gibson  B  84.04%  Y 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  19.20%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  41.90%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 20.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.92 WS avg)? 0.00% (Only Killebrew qualified.)
1981 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  Y 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.92 WS avg)? 100.00% (Seven others qualified.)
Huh? How did a decent candidate slip by? Somebody screwed up.
1982 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
643  Hank Aaron  A  97.83%  Y 
519  Frank Robinson  A  89.16%  Y 
374  Billy Williams  B  23.37%  N 
371  Harmon Killebrew  B  59.28%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  30.36%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  1.45%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  10.12%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  30.60%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.76 WS avg)? 100.00% (Two others qualified.)
The BBWAA vote is becoming a machine now.
1982 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
229  George Kell  C  0.00%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
228  Gene Woodling  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
226  Alvin Dark  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Andy Pafko  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Carl Furillo  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  Y 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.66%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.76 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
Ah, now that’s more like it. Smell the mediocrity.
1983 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Billy Williams  B  40.91%  N 
371  Harmon Killebrew  B  71.93%  N 
356  Brooks Robinson  B  91.98%  Y 
342  Dick Allen  B  3.74%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  3.21%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  5.35%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  15.78%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  46.26%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Luis Aparicio  C  67.38%  N 
282  Boog Powell  C  1.34%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Juan Marichal  C  83.69%  Y 
263  Gil Hodges  C  63.37%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 10.53%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (340.40 WS avg)? 50.00% (Three others qualified.)
1983 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
229  George Kell  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.91%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.79%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (340.40 WS avg)? 50.00% (Three others qualified.)
1984 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
374  Billy Williams  B  50.12%  N 
371  Harmon Killebrew  B  83.13%  Y 
342  Dick Allen  B  0.00%  N 
324  Ron Santo  B  0.00%  N 
321  Vada Pinson  B  0.00%  N 
315  Norm Cash  B  0.00%  N 
315  Joe Torre  B  11.17%  N 
310  Orlando Cepeda  B  30.77%  N 
305  Jimmy Wynn  B  0.00%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  61.04%  N 
297  Frank Howard  C  0.00%  N 
296  Luis Aparicio  C  84.62%  Y 
282  Boog Powell  C  0.00%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  0.00%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
269  Ron Fairly  C  0.00%  N 
267  Bill Freehan  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jim Fregosi  C  0.99%  N 
258  Don Drysdale  C  78.41%  Y 
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 33.33%
Percentage based on bypassed: 15.79%
Percentage by Grade: 33.33%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 13.79%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 33.33%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (339.16 WS avg)? 33.33% (Two others qualified.)
1984 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  Y 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
228  Gene Woodling  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
226  Alvin Dark  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Andy Pafko  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
219  Vic Wertz  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Carl Furillo  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
216  Pete Runnels  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Joost  D  0.00%  N 
209  Sherm Lollar  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.61%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.49%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (339.16 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part X
20040116 21:50
by Mike Carminati
1974 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
565  Mickey Mantle  A  88.22%  Y 
450  Eddie Mathews  A  32.33%  N 
352  Duke Snider  B  30.41%  N 
339  Robin Roberts  B  61.37%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  15.34%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  39.73%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  38.63%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  21.64%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  7.40%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.55%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  20.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  54.25%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  30.14%  N 
261  Whitey Ford  C  77.81%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 11.76%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 14.81%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (341.44 WS avg)? 50.00% (Two others also qualified.)
Ford was a better pitcher than his Win Shares indicate, probably because he never pitched a full season after age 36. However, the omission of Matthews is inexcusable. He was the best man ever to play the game at his position at the time.
1974 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  Y 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.22%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.90%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (341.44 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
1975 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
450  Eddie Mathews  A  40.88%  N 
352  Duke Snider  B  35.64%  N 
339  Robin Roberts  B  72.65%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  20.99%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  48.90%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  42.54%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  20.99%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  6.08%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  2.49%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.28%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  42.82%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  51.93%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  25.97%  N 
258  Don Drysdale  C  20.99%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  0.00%  N 
247  Jim Gilliam  C  0.00%  N 
242  Ralph Kiner  C  75.41%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.00%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 3.57%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (341.04 WS avg)? 0.00% (Two qualified.)
1975 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  Y 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.88%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 4.08%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (341.04 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
1976 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
450  Eddie Mathews  A  48.71%  N 
352  Duke Snider  B  40.98%  N 
339  Robin Roberts  B  86.86%  Y 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  21.91%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  50.77%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  47.94%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  44.85%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  13.40%  N 
279  Ken Boyer  C  3.87%  N 
273  Rocky Colavito  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  60.05%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  33.25%  N 
258  Don Drysdale  C  29.38%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  0.00%  N 
247  Jim Gilliam  C  0.00%  N 
236  Joe Adcock  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
232  Bob Lemon  C  78.61%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.71%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (339.3 WS avg)? 50.00 (We'll give Roberts the .3 Win Shares. Matthews and Snider also qualified.)
1976 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  Y 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Joost  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  N 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  N 
205  Tom Zachary  D  0.00%  N 
203  Tony Cuccinello  D  0.00%  N 
203  Wally Pipp  D  0.00%  N 
203  Earl Whitehill  D  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  N 
202  Marty McManus  D  0.00%  N 
202  Ken Williams  D  0.00%  N 
201  Willie Kamm  D  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  N 
199  Ken Keltner  D  0.00%  N 
198  Lu Blue  D  0.00%  N 
198  Charlie Grimm  D  0.00%  N 
196  Bing Miller  D  0.00%  N 
195  Joe Bush  D  0.00%  N 
195  Pinky Higgins  D  0.00%  N 
194  Red Lucas  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Grantham  D  0.00%  N 
193  Freddie Lindstrom  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.14%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.60%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (339.3 WS avg)? 50.00% (Seven qualified.)
Eddie Matthews? No. Freddie Lindstrom? Yes. Now, that's what the Hall was about in the Seventies.
1977 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
450  Eddie Mathews  A  62.40%  N 
352  Duke Snider  B  55.35%  N 
332  Ernie Banks  B  83.81%  Y 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  36.29%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  57.96%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  42.56%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  39.69%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 33.33%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 13.33%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.4 WS avg)? 0.00% (Two qualified.)
1977 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  Y 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.88%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 4.17%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (337.4 WS avg)? 0.00% (Nine qualified (Caruthers had 337).)
1978 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
450  Eddie Mathews  A  79.42%  Y 
352  Duke Snider  B  67.02%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  41.69%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  68.87%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  44.59%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  39.31%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.51 WS avg)? 100.00% (Snider also qualified.)
1978 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
229  George Kell  C  0.00%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Joost  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  N 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  N 
205  Tom Zachary  D  0.00%  N 
203  Tony Cuccinello  D  0.00%  N 
203  Wally Pipp  D  0.00%  N 
203  Earl Whitehill  D  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  N 
202  Marty McManus  D  0.00%  N 
202  Ken Williams  D  0.00%  N 
201  Willie Kamm  D  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  N 
199  Ken Keltner  D  0.00%  N 
198  Lu Blue  D  0.00%  N 
198  Charlie Grimm  D  0.00%  N 
198  Virgil Trucks  D  0.00%  N 
196  Bing Miller  D  0.00%  N 
195  Joe Bush  D  0.00%  N 
195  Pinky Higgins  D  0.00%  N 
194  Red Lucas  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Grantham  D  0.00%  N 
193  Joe Wood  D  0.00%  N 
192  Sam West  D  0.00%  N 
191  Bill Bradley  D  0.00%  N 
191  Addie Joss  D  0.00%  Y 
191  Lee Meadows  D  0.00%  N 
191  Eddie Stanky  D  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.55%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.51 WS avg)? 0.00% (Nine qualified.)
This should have been it for the veterans. Not only is Addie Joss a horrific pick, he is not even eligible under the Hall's own rules. He pitched only nine seasons, only eight with 200 in era in which pitched threw twice that. His ERA looks great, but he only led the league once in adjusted ERA (1908). Joss died of tubercular meningitis two days after turning 31. Could Joss have been a credible Hall of Famer had he played another five or ten seasons? Sure, but the same could have been said of Lyman Bostock. But this aint the Hall of Whadda Shoulda Coulda.
The Hall had been curbing their activities more and more since their shameless Seventies began. Somehow they survived though.
1979 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
642  Willie Mays  A  94.68%  Y 
352  Duke Snider  B  71.30%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  30.09%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  68.75%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  40.28%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.25 WS avg)? 100.00% (Snider also qualified.)
1979 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
229  George Kell  C  0.00%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 0.87%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (336.25 WS avg)? 0.00% (Nine qualified.)
Hack Wilson is the positionplayer equivalent of Addie Joss. He at least played 12 seasons, so he was eligible without a Yuri Gellarlike bending of the rules. However, he had only six seasons of 120 or more games. He had a great fiveyear peak but Albert Belle is a better candidate.
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part IX
20040116 18:46
by Mike Carminati
1970 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
352  Duke Snider  B  17.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  42.00%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  3.67%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  44.33%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  32.33%  N 
309  Early Wynn  B  46.67%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  3.33%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  25.00%  N 
277  Lou Boudreau  C  77.33%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 6.25%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (354.73 WS avg)? 0.00% (None qualified)
1970 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
227  Earle Combs  C  0.00%  Y 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Rube Marquard  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
207  Jesse Haines  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.32%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.78%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (354.73 WS avg)? 0.00% (Six qualified though two had 354)
Haines and Combs? To say that these were horrible choices would be a gross understatement. When Frankie Frisch had taken over control of the Veterans Committee, it was well on its way to correcting the injustices of the previous committees. If they had gone another 10 years unhindered, there would no longer have been a need for the Veterans Committee. Frisch picked old cronies that had no business even being considered for the Hall of Fame.
1971 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
412  Warren Spahn  A  0.00%  N 
375  Yogi Berra  B  67.22%  N 
352  Duke Snider  B  24.72%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  43.61%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  2.78%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  45.83%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  35.28%  N 
309  Early Wynn  B  66.67%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  10.83%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (351.01 WS avg)? 0.00% (Three qualified though Spahn was technically not eligible because he pitched in the minors for a couple of years after his majorleague career ended. The other two were Berra and Snider.)
More quagmire.
1971 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  Y 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  Y 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  Y 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  0.00%  Y 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Rube Marquard  D  0.00%  Y 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  N 
206  Ross Youngs  D  0.00%  N 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  N 
205  Tom Zachary  D  0.00%  N 
203  Tony Cuccinello  D  0.00%  N 
203  Wally Pipp  D  0.00%  N 
203  Earl Whitehill  D  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  N 
202  Marty McManus  D  0.00%  N 
202  Ken Williams  D  0.00%  N 
201  Willie Kamm  D  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  N 
199  Ken Keltner  D  0.00%  N 
198  Lu Blue  D  0.00%  N 
198  Charlie Grimm  D  0.00%  N 
196  Bing Miller  D  0.00%  N 
195  Joe Bush  D  0.00%  N 
195  Pinky Higgins  D  0.00%  N 
194  Red Lucas  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Grantham  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Kelly  D  0.00%  N 
193  Freddie Lindstrom  D  0.00%  N 
193  Joe Wood  D  0.00%  N 
192  Sam West  D  0.00%  N 
191  Bill Bradley  D  0.00%  N 
191  Addie Joss  D  0.00%  N 
191  Lee Meadows  D  0.00%  N 
190  Riggs Stephenson  D  0.00%  N 
189  Frankie Crosetti  D  0.00%  N 
188  Bobby Lowe  D  0.00%  N 
186  Chick Hafey  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 6
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 3.26%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 5.43%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (351.01 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified.)
Wow, that is potentially the worst class ever, given its size and quality. Hafey and Marquard are easily among the worst Hall of Famers ever. The others are overvalued by Win Shares because they played in the deadball era.
1972 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
412  Warren Spahn  A  0.00%  N 
375  Yogi Berra  B  85.61%  Y 
352  Duke Snider  B  21.21%  N 
339  Robin Roberts  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  39.65%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  2.78%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  37.63%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  32.58%  N 
309  Early Wynn  B  76.01%  Y 
304  Nellie Fox  B  16.16%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  3.03%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  23.23%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  40.66%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  26.26%  N 
248  Billy Pierce  C  1.01%  N 
247  Jim Gilliam  C  0.00%  N 
242  Ralph Kiner  C  59.34%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  15.40%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  7.83%  N 
236  Joe Adcock  C  0.00%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  1.26%  N 
232  Bob Lemon  C  29.55%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  26.01%  N 
231  Roy Sievers  C  0.76%  N 
229  George Kell  C  29.04%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
228  Gene Woodling  C  0.00%  N 
226  Alvin Dark  C  13.89%  N 
223  Harvey Kuenn  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  9.09%  N 
220  Andy Pafko  D  0.00%  N 
219  Vic Wertz  D  1.01%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  6.06%  N 
217  Carl Furillo  D  0.51%  N 
216  Pete Runnels  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Joost  D  0.00%  N 
209  Sherm Lollar  D  0.00%  N 
205  Bobby Thomson  D  2.53%  N 
203  Ted Kluszewski  D  2.53%  N 
198  Virgil Trucks  D  0.00%  N 
194  Sandy Koufax  D  86.87%  Y 
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 33.33%
Percentage based on bypassed: 6.38%
Percentage by Grade: 66.67%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 9.09%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 66.67%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (346.07 WS avg)? 33.33% (Three qualified though again, Spahn is considered technically ineligible.)
Clearly career Win Shares don't tell you everything about a player's career. Sandy Koufax had arguably the greatest peak in majorleague history. You don't capture him with 194 Win Shares.
1972 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  N 
206  Ross Youngs  D  0.00%  Y 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  N 
205  Tom Zachary  D  0.00%  N 
203  Tony Cuccinello  D  0.00%  N 
203  Wally Pipp  D  0.00%  N 
203  Earl Whitehill  D  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  N 
202  Marty McManus  D  0.00%  N 
202  Ken Williams  D  0.00%  N 
201  Willie Kamm  D  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  N 
199  Ken Keltner  D  0.00%  N 
198  Lu Blue  D  0.00%  N 
198  Charlie Grimm  D  0.00%  N 
196  Bing Miller  D  0.00%  N 
195  Joe Bush  D  0.00%  N 
195  Pinky Higgins  D  0.00%  N 
194  Red Lucas  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Grantham  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Kelly  D  0.00%  N 
193  Freddie Lindstrom  D  0.00%  N 
193  Joe Wood  D  0.00%  N 
192  Sam West  D  0.00%  N 
191  Bill Bradley  D  0.00%  N 
191  Addie Joss  D  0.00%  N 
191  Lee Meadows  D  0.00%  N 
190  Riggs Stephenson  D  0.00%  N 
189  Frankie Crosetti  D  0.00%  N 
188  Tommy Holmes  D  0.00%  N 
188  Bobby Lowe  D  0.00%  N 
185  Lefty Gomez  D  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.10%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 0.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (346.07 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified)
Well, after the 1971 class, the veterans were limited to two players a year for 1972 (plus a third nonplayer until 1977, when they were limited to two total). The numbers, and therefore, the damage, were limited, but the quality was still lacking.
1973 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
412  Warren Spahn  A  83.16%  Y 
377  Roberto Clemente  B  92.69%  Y(Special Election) 
339  Robin Roberts  B  56.05%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  41.32%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  6.58%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  38.16%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  33.16%  N 
304  Nellie Fox  B  19.21%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (341.72 WS avg)? 100.00% (Snider also qualified.)
Spahn finally became eligible and deservedly went right in. I can't consider him a firstballot guy though since he earned a writein vote midway through his career. After Clemente's death, he went straight in by "Special Election". The firstyear eligibles are now solidly the stars of the election.
1973 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  Y 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.00%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  0.00%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.00%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.00%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  N 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  N 
205  Tom Zachary  D  0.00%  N 
203  Tony Cuccinello  D  0.00%  N 
203  Wally Pipp  D  0.00%  N 
203  Earl Whitehill  D  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  N 
202  Marty McManus  D  0.00%  N 
202  Ken Williams  D  0.00%  N 
201  Willie Kamm  D  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  N 
199  Ken Keltner  D  0.00%  N 
198  Lu Blue  D  0.00%  N 
198  Charlie Grimm  D  0.00%  N 
196  Bing Miller  D  0.00%  N 
195  Joe Bush  D  0.00%  N 
195  Pinky Higgins  D  0.00%  N 
194  Red Lucas  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Grantham  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Kelly  D  0.00%  Y 
193  Freddie Lindstrom  D  0.00%  N 
193  Joe Wood  D  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.13%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 50.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (341.72 WS avg)? 50.00% (Seven others also qualified.)
Who needs the likes of Arky Vaughn in the Hall when you can snare George Kelly? Kelly's most similar batter is Bob Watson, which tells you a lot. Bill Terry, the former New York Giant, was becoming more active on the committee, meaning that he got his old Giant cronies elected. Too bad for Terry that Welch played before him since he had no way of knowing that he was actually a qualified candidate.
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part VIII
20040115 00:39
by Mike Carminati
1960 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
378  Luke Appling  B  26.77%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  3.72%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  11.15%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  16.73%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  53.16%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  2.23%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  52.79%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  54.28%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  14.13%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (361.97 WS avg)? N/A (Only Appling qualified)
More quagmire.
1961 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.00%  Y 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  Y 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 13.33%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 8.51%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (361.97 WS avg)? 0.00% (Eight qualified)
Again, two good choice by the veterans. Carey had gotten a lot of support from the writers in his year of eligibility and it probably carried over. At this point there were still so many older players to pick from, any form of notoriety (carryover support from the writers' election, broadcasting, illness, death, dating Madonna, etc.) was all it took to get someone in. At least they were picking qualified candidates if possible not all of the qualified candidates.
1962 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
378  Luke Appling  B  30.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  3.75%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  8.75%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  8.75%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.63%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  50.63%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  30.63%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  21.25%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  2.50%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  19.38%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  18.75%  N 
292  Bob Feller  C  93.75%  Y 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.63%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  26.88%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  9.38%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  6.25%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  1.88%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.63%  N 
277  Lou Boudreau  C  7.50%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  2.50%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  11.25%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  12.50%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  3.13%  N 
257  Jackie Robinson  C  77.50%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 6.06%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 4.65%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (361.44 WS avg)? 0.00% (Only Appling qualified)
Thus started the firstballot phenomena that still persists today. The white noise of many qualified candidates can best be broken by throwing a new player, who was active relatively recently.
1962 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  0.00%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  0.00%  Y 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 4.76%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 4.08%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (361.44 WS avg)? 0.00% (Eight qualified)
Again the pendulum swung back to having more players enshrined in Cooperstown. The first step was to allow the Veterans to vote every year and then next was allowing them to select more than two players per election in 1963. Note that the veterans were limited to two selections a year. This came on the heels of the latest binge in 1953. The writers’ elections too would become annual and a run off election was imposed to guard against no one garnering the necessary votes.
1963 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  Y 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.00%  Y 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  0.00%  Y 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
291  Elmer Flick  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 4
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 13.33%
Percentage by Grade: 25.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 12.73%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 75.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (358.32 WS avg)? 25.00% (Eight qualified)
Four decent choices. They were perhaps not the best available but they were also not the worst.
1964 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  Run Off PCT  inducted 
378  Luke Appling  B  70.65%  84.00%  Y 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  8.46%  2.67%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  26.87%  5.33%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  2.99%  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  70.15%  81.78%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  36.32%  20.89%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  53.73%  57.78%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (356.93 WS avg)? 100.00% (Appling was the only candidate above this figure though Vaughn was just fractions away.)
The reimposed run off proved successful as the writers picked the best candidate according to Win Shares.
1964 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  Y 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  Y 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  0.00%  Y 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  0.00%  Y 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  Y 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 5
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 40.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 13.89%
Percentage by Grade: 40.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 15.52%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 40.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (356.93 WS avg)? 40.00% (Seven qualified.)
Very mixed. There are two great selections and three marginal ones. It could be worse (and soon be).
1965 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  Y 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (355.96 WS avg)? 100.00% (Five qualified.)
The veterans committee was finally taking care of business in this period.
1966 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
555  Ted Williams  A  93.38%  Y 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  11.92%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  26.82%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  33.11%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  31.46%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  61.92%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (356.54 WS avg)? 100.00% (Vaughn also was within a half of a Win Share of qualifying.)
Even the logjammed writers couldn’t fail to pick Ted Williams without a run off.
1967 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  Run Off PCT  inducted 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  15.75%  6.21%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  30.48%  4.58%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  42.12%  15.69%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  72.60%  86.93%  Y 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  30.48%  5.23%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  72.60%  81.05%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 25.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 25.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (358.93 WS avg)? 0.00% (None qualified.)
Ruffing is a decent choice from a decent group of candidates. Again, the run off does its job.
1967 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
245  Lloyd Waner  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.32%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.06%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (358.93 WS avg)? 0.00% (four qualified.)
Little Poison? So what happened? Well, James explains that Frankie Frisch was named to the committee in 1967 and quickly became its central figure. And the committee was back to the old schtick like TinkerstoEverstoChance being selected en masse. Big Poison/Little Poison plays in Peoria just like an episode of “Big John, Little John”.
1968 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  28.98%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  36.40%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  1.06%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  2.12%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  45.58%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  28.62%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  84.81%  Y 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 14.29%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 14.29%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (357.15 WS avg)? 0.00% (None qualified.)
1968 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  Y 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  Y 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 7.41%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 6.38%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (357.15 WS avg)? 0.00% (Four qualified.)
1969 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
604  Stan Musial  A  93.24%  Y 
338  Johnny Mize  B  34.12%  N 
329  Richie Ashburn  B  2.94%  N 
323  Enos Slaughter  B  37.65%  N 
314  Pee Wee Reese  B  26.18%  N 
309  Early Wynn  B  27.94%  N 
296  Mickey Vernon  C  6.18%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  18.24%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  2.65%  N 
277  Lou Boudreau  C  64.12%  N 
268  Larry Doby  C  0.00%  N 
267  Eddie Yost  C  0.00%  N 
265  Vern Stephens  C  0.00%  N 
264  Hal Newhouser  C  24.12%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Gil Hodges  C  24.12%  N 
262  Red Schoendienst  C  19.12%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  5.88%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  28.53%  N 
242  Ralph Kiner  C  40.29%  N 
237  Phil Cavarretta  C  10.88%  N 
237  Bobo Newsom  C  9.41%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  1.18%  N 
233  Del Ennis  C  0.00%  N 
233  Dutch Leonard  C  1.18%  N 
232  Bob Lemon  C  16.47%  N 
231  Phil Rizzuto  C  22.94%  N 
229  George Kell  C  17.65%  N 
228  Dizzy Trout  C  0.00%  N 
228  Gene Woodling  C  0.00%  N 
226  Alvin Dark  C  14.12%  N 
223  Bill Nicholson  D  0.00%  N 
220  Dom DiMaggio  D  3.82%  N 
220  Andy Pafko  D  0.00%  N 
219  Vic Wertz  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  4.12%  N 
217  Carl Furillo  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
209  Eddie Joost  D  0.00%  N 
209  Sherm Lollar  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  14.71%  N 
207  Roy Campanella  D  79.41%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 4.65%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 7.69%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (355.88 WS avg)? 50.00% (Musial alone qualified.)
Campanella looks bad on paper but had a great peak for a catcher and of course had an abbreviated career, because of segregation at the start and his careerending injury at the end. Musial is a nobrainer.
1969 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  0.00%  Y 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  0.00%  Y 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.63%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 2.13%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (355.88 WS avg)? 0.00% (Five qualified.)
Not inspired, but these choices would look Solomonlike soon.
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part VII
20040114 00:32
by Mike Carminati
1949 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  Run Off PCT  inducted 
528  Mel Ott  A  61.44%  68.45%  N 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  55.56%  47.59%  N 
423  Paul Waner  A  47.71%  33.69%  N 
383  Charlie Gehringer  B  66.67%  85.03%  Y 
380  Zack Wheat  B  9.80%  0.00%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  58.17%  40.64%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  38.56%  27.81%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  2.61%  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  7.84%  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  21.57%  8.56%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  1.96%  0.00%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  22.88%  3.74%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  14.38%  2.14%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  2.61%  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  2.61%  0.00%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  42.48%  20.86%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  9.15%  0.00%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  18.95%  7.49%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  37.91%  20.86%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 25.00%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 18.18%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (375.76 WS avg)? 100.00%
1949 Old Timers
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
478  Kid Nichols  A  0.00%  Y 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.00%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
345  Bobby Wallace  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  0.00%  N 
296  Mordecai Brown  C  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 8.33%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 7.69%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (375.76 WS avg)? 50.00%
Typical election by the Old Timers: They pick the best candidate and then the 24th best. Nichols was another 1894 Oriole, so maybe it was just a coincidence that he was the Win Share leader.
1950 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
528  Mel Ott  A  68.45%  N 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  61.31%  N 
423  Paul Waner  A  56.55%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  10.12%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  53.57%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  51.79%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  1.19%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  8.33%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  19.64%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.60%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  32.14%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  1.19%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  4.76%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  3.57%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  46.43%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  9.52%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  25.00%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  39.29%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (376.42 WS avg)? N/A (Ott, Foxx, Waner, and Wheat qualified and Simmons was close.)
Typical election for the writers: no one was selected out a group of qualified candidates.
1951 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
528  Mel Ott  A  87.17%  Y 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  79.20%  Y 
423  Paul Waner  A  71.68%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  8.41%  N 
378  Luke Appling  B  0.00%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  51.33%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  67.70%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  11.95%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  19.47%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.44%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  25.22%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  1.33%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  2.21%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  52.21%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  9.29%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  31.42%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  48.67%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (376.42 WS avg)? 100.00% (three others qualified)
Well, that's a little better. The top two got in and a number of the better candidates crept towards the 75% threshold. So what changed? Bill James says that at this time a subtle change was made to the procedures that made a big difference. A copy of the previous year's results accompanied the ballot that was sent to each voter. This may seem minor but it ushered in a brief golden age of Hall voting. That is, until it was discontinue in 1956—you see, it made way too much sense.
James also mentions that briefly players in uniform, that is, as a manager or coach, were barred from the vote. He said that this lasted a couple of years. I have not excluded any players who would have been thusly barred for two reasons: First, I'm too lazy and second, it was such a shortlived and arbitrary rule (what about GMs and scouts) that I would rather evaluate each ballot by the players that should have been available. (Note: Appling was the manager of the Memphis Chicks in the Southern Assoc., which may explain his lack of support. Red Ruffing was also managing in the minors at the time.)
1952 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
423  Paul Waner  A  83.33%  Y 
387  Joe DiMaggio  B  0.00%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  12.82%  N 
378  Luke Appling  B  0.00%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  60.26%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  86.75%  Y 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.43%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  32.91%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  1.28%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  59.40%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  10.26%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  43.16%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  56.84%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 33.33%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 38.46%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (380.89 WS avg)? 50.00% (two others qualified)
1953 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
387  Joe DiMaggio  B  44.32%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  12.12%  N 
378  Luke Appling  B  0.76%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  75.38%  Y 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.38%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  20.83%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  26.14%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  1.14%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  39.39%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  1.14%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  67.80%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  12.12%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  52.65%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  62.12%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  6.82%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  3.41%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  3.41%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.76%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Bill Terry  C  72.35%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Lou Boudreau  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  3.79%  N 
267  Hank Greenberg  C  30.30%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  5.30%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  3.79%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  3.79%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  10.61%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  1.89%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
245  Lloyd Waner  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.38%  N 
241  Dazzy Vance  C  56.82%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  1.14%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Wally Moses  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  1.52%  N 
234  Mel Harder  C  3.03%  N 
233  Ben Chapman  C  0.00%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.76%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
227  Earle Combs  C  1.14%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
225  Tommy Bridges  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  16.29%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
219  Doc Cramer  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
218  Charlie Keller  D  0.38%  N 
218  Ernie Lombardi  D  0.00%  N 
217  Jeff Heath  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
214  Rudy York  D  0.00%  N 
211  Travis Jackson  D  0.76%  N 
209  Eddie Rommel  D  0.38%  N 
208  Lonny Frey  D  0.00%  N 
208  Tommy Henrich  D  3.79%  N 
207  Jesse Haines  D  1.52%  N 
206  Rick Ferrell  D  0.00%  N 
205  Tom Zachary  D  0.00%  N 
203  Tony Cuccinello  D  0.00%  N 
203  Wally Pipp  D  0.00%  N 
203  Earl Whitehill  D  0.00%  N 
202  Marty McManus  D  0.00%  N 
202  Ken Williams  D  0.00%  N 
201  Willie Kamm  D  0.00%  N 
199  Ken Keltner  D  0.00%  N 
198  Lu Blue  D  0.00%  N 
198  Charlie Grimm  D  3.41%  N 
196  Bing Miller  D  0.00%  N 
195  Joe Bush  D  0.00%  N 
195  Pinky Higgins  D  0.00%  N 
194  Red Lucas  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Grantham  D  0.00%  N 
193  George Kelly  D  0.00%  N 
193  Freddie Lindstrom  D  0.00%  N 
192  Sam West  D  0.00%  N 
191  Lee Meadows  D  0.00%  N 
191  Ray Schalk  D  19.70%  N 
190  Riggs Stephenson  D  0.00%  N 
189  Frankie Crosetti  D  0.00%  N 
188  Tommy Holmes  D  0.00%  N 
186  Chick Hafey  D  0.76%  N 
185  Lefty Gomez  D  13.26%  N 
184  Max Bishop  D  0.00%  N 
184  Bob Meusel  D  0.00%  N 
183  Ossie Bluege  D  0.00%  N 
183  Art Nehf  D  0.00%  N 
181  Dizzy Dean  D  79.17%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.70%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 2.27%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (381.24 WS avg)? 0.00% (Only DiMaggio qualified)
Well, maybe "Golden Age" is a bit strong. Simmons was a good choice, but Dean was a poor one. He was a great pitcher but was washed up by 27 and only had six full seasons in the majors. The Hall would later rightfully elect Sandy Koufax under similar circumstance. However, Koufax had a better peak. Being a broadcaster and one of the "Gas House Gang" didn't hurt him. Dean's election pushed the envelope for peakbased players, but at least they didn't pick his brother.
1953 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.00%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
345  Bobby Wallace  B  0.00%  Y 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
291  Elmer Flick  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
231  Chief Bender  C  0.00%  Y 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.63%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 2.91%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (381.24 WS avg)? 0.00% (Eight qualified)
The Old Timers committee had been laying low since the 1949. Actually, so low that many were six feet underground. A new committee infamously named the Veterans Committee replaced ye Old Timers. In 1953 they inducted six men, including four nonplayers.
The two players they selected in 1953 might have been out of a hat. Bender was borderline at best. Wallace was a fine choice, but there were so many better. And it would get worse.
1954 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
387  Joe DiMaggio  B  69.44%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  13.10%  N 
378  Luke Appling  B  0.00%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  0.79%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.40%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  21.83%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  33.73%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  3.57%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  59.92%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  1.98%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  80.16%  Y 
314  Edd Roush  B  20.63%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  67.46%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  82.94%  Y 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  7.94%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  4.76%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  0.00%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Bill Terry  C  77.38%  Y 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 9.68%
Percentage by Grade: 66.67%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 66.67%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (373.83 WS avg)? 0.00% (Three qualified)
Not bad choices (Terry again had too brief a peak but a .400 season does help), but there were so many as good or better. If you think Ryne Sandberg is being raked over the coals, check out Joe DiMaggio's nonsupport. (By the way, DiMaggio was grandfathered in when they expanded the waiting period from eligibility from the previous one to five years.)
1955 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
387  Joe DiMaggio  B  88.84%  Y 
380  Zack Wheat  B  20.32%  N 
378  Luke Appling  B  1.20%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  1.59%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  2.79%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  47.41%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  53.78%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  11.16%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  77.69%  Y 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  3.19%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  38.65%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  86.45%  Y 
312  Joe Medwick  B  0.00%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  13.94%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  10.76%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  1.20%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.80%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Lou Boudreau  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.40%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  1.99%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.80%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  7.57%  N 
267  Hank Greenberg  C  62.55%  N 
263  Augie Galan  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  13.15%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  10.36%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Bucky Walters  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  26.29%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.40%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.40%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
245  Lloyd Waner  C  0.00%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
242  Joe Gordon  C  0.40%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dazzy Vance  C  81.67%  Y 
Number selected: 4
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 25.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 7.69%
Percentage by Grade: 75.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.14%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 75.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (369.77 WS avg)? 25.00% (Two others qualified)
Well, they finally deigned to admit DiMaggio, but Vance wasn't a very inspired choice. I guess, "we'll Dizzy 'em in '53; we'll Dazzy them in '55"…or words to that effect.
1955 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.00%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  0.00%  Y 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
291  Elmer Flick  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  0.00%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  N 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  N 
208  Rube Marquard  D  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  N 
206  Ross Youngs  D  0.00%  N 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  N 
193  Joe Wood  D  0.00%  N 
191  Bill Bradley  D  0.00%  N 
191  Addie Joss  D  0.00%  N 
191  Ray Schalk  D  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 1.79%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 1.92%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (369.77 WS avg)? 0.00% (Seven qualified)
Another poor job by the Veterans. Baker is an OK selection today. Then, he was the 22nd best candidate, and Schalk, many say, got in because he was one of the nonBlack Sox.
1956 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
380  Zack Wheat  B  13.47%  N 
378  Luke Appling  B  7.25%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  4.66%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  13.47%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  33.68%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  1.55%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  78.76%  Y 
327  Sam Rice  B  23.32%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  0.52%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  13.99%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  47.15%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  16.06%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  1.04%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  28.50%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  17.62%  N 
287  Bob Elliott  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.52%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  12.95%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  6.74%  N 
281  Bobby Doerr  C  2.59%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  1.55%  N 
278  Dixie Walker  C  0.00%  N 
277  Lou Boudreau  C  1.04%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  1.55%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  1.04%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  7.77%  N 
267  Hank Greenberg  C  84.97%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 6.45%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 6.67%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 50.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (362.32 WS avg)? 50.00% (Two qualified)
Cronin and Greenberg, that seems like a pretty good class or at least an innocuous one. It would end up being the straw that broke the Veterans Committee's back or stirred their drink or did some other cliché to the vets. They saw Greenberg as a terrible selection. Even though his greatness doesn’t translate into Win Shares well because of his five seasons lost to the war and his early retirement (at 36 with an adjusted OPS 32% better than the league average—this is a decent average for a Hall of Famer over his entire career), I feel that he was a better selection than most of what the vets were offered since reforming. The Hall was not pleased ostensibly by the spate of mostly worthy candidates that the writers were selecting—15 in six elections!?! Shocking.
The Hall decided that they would alternate elections between the veterans and the writers. Failing to learn from the poor decisions made by the writers in 1939, they were destined to repeat them. They also stopped sending the previous year's results out with the blank ballots. Now, can you guess what happened next?
1957 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.00%  Y 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  0.00%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (360.38 WS avg)? 100.00% (Ten qualified)
At least Veterans got the right guy this time around. It's too bad they didn't do more.
1958 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
378  Luke Appling  B  28.95%  N 
356  Arky Vaughan  B  2.26%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  9.77%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  51.13%  N 
338  Johnny Mize  B  0.00%  N 
334  Frank McCormick  B  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  33.83%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  2.26%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  12.03%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  42.11%  N 
312  Joe Medwick  B  18.80%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (361.69 WS avg)? N/A (Only Appling qualified)
And there we are, right back in the soup. The writers had many qualified candidates, but again couldn’t focus on any.
1959 Veterans
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  0.00%  Y 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.53%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (361.69 WS avg)? 100.00% (Eight others qualified)
Again, a good choice by the veterans, and again why just one when there were so many that demanded selection?
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part VI
20040112 12:37
by Mike Carminati
The final study I would like to conduct into the history of the Hall of Fame is to go through each election, year by year, for the writers and the veterans and evaluate their acts of commission (i.e., inductees) and omission (i.e., how many George Davises slip through the cracks). Do the writers always select the best candidates available? Do the vets? How do they compare against each other?
I am still going to use Win Shares as the basis of the evaluation. I know that Win Shares overvalues early pitchers and oddly values relievers (some higher than expected and some lower), but as I said earlier, I feel that it does the best job of laying all of the players out in continuum from Babe Ruth to Jim Rutherford. I want to evaluate the selections, so without some basis Ross Youngs is as qualified a candidate as Cy Young. If there are five players elected in a given year, are the best five players elected? Maybe it's just 4 of the best 5, or 80%. Or maybe just one of the top five gets selected, 10%. I will grade each election based on that percentage, and compare them over time.
However, I am not going to be so draconian as to assume that just because one candidate is a few Win Shares better than another that is elected that the first candidate is not the only qualified candidate (or indeed that he may be an inferior candidate to the other). Therefore, I will be assigning letter grades to each candidate based on their Win Shares. They will be based on rough cutoff percentages of all players with at least 150 Win Shares (e.g. top 5%) that are translated into round numbers in Win Shares (400 WS):
Grade % Win Share Min # Players (Total)
A Top 5% 400 44
B Next 10% 300 172
C Next 25% 225 421
D Next 60% 150 940
If the writers select one A candidate and pass up another that has slightly more Win Shares, it won't count against them. For example, in 1936 the writers selected Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson, both of whom place lower than Cy Young, who was selected in 1937, in Win Shares (560, 426, and 634 respectively). However, each of those players was a GradeA candidate—and many would argue that both Johnson and Mathewson were superior pitchers to Young. Therefore, in the letter grade evaluation, the writers will not be penalized.
However, if, for example, the veterans select Tommy McCarthy (Grade D, 170 Win Shares), when the likes of Kid Nichols (Grade A, 478 Win Shares), Sam Crawford (Grade A, 446 Win Shares), and Tim Keefe (Grade A, 413 Win Shares), among others, are available, then the veterans will be deservedly excoriated. For McCarthy they would be penalized one point per letter grade difference, or three points.
In all of these analysis, the electing body will be graded on who they selected against who was available as well as who was bypassed against who was selected. In this way, the McCarthy selection, which bypassed many superior players, will be seen as a much more glaring blunder than selecting the inferior of two players.
So here are the elections per year and group:
1936 BBWAA
Top eligible with voting results:
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
756  Babe Ruth  A  95.13%  Y 
722  Ty Cobb  A  98.23%  Y 
655  Honus Wagner  A  83.63%  Y 
634  Cy Young  A  49.12%  N 
630  Tris Speaker  A  58.85%  N 
574  Eddie Collins  A  26.55%  N 
560  Walter Johnson  A  83.63%  Y 
496  Nap Lajoie  A  64.60%  N 
478  Kid Nichols  A  0.00%  N 
476  Pete Alexander  A  24.34%  N 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.44%  N 
426  Christy Mathewson  A  90.71%  Y 
Number selected: 5
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 60%
Percentage based on bypassed: 41.67%
[Note, this is based on the number of players elected divided by the number elected plus number bypassed before "worst" electee.]
Percentage by Grade: 100%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100%
[Note, this is based on the numeral representation of players elected (A=3, B=2, C=1, D=0) divided by the sum based on grade of those elected plus sum for those bypassed before "worst" electee.]
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall? N/A
[Note this tests the inductees against the average HoF Win Share total. Given that there were no players yet in the Hall in 1936, this could not be determined.]
1937 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
634  Cy Young  A  76.12%  Y 
630  Tris Speaker  A  82.09%  Y 
574  Eddie Collins  A  57.21%  N 
502  Rogers Hornsby  A  26.37%  N 
496  Nap Lajoie  A  83.58%  Y 
478  Kid Nichols  A  0.00%  N 
476  Pete Alexander  A  62.19%  N 
446  Sam Crawford  A  2.49%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
400  Fred Clarke  A  10.95%  N 
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 66.67%
Percentage based on bypassed: 60.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (623.80 WS avg)? 66.67%
1938 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
574  Eddie Collins  A  66.79%  N 
502  Rogers Hornsby  A  17.56%  N 
478  Kid Nichols  A  1.15%  N 
476  Pete Alexander  A  80.92%  Y 
446  Sam Crawford  A  4.20%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
400  Fred Clarke  A  24.05%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 25.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (609.88 WS avg)? 0.00%
1939 BBWAA/Old Timers
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
574  Eddie Collins  A  77.74%  Y 
502  Rogers Hornsby  A  64.23%  N 
489  Lou Gehrig  A  Spec El  Y 
478  Kid Nichols  A  2.55%  N 
446  Sam Crawford  A  2.19%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
400  Fred Clarke  A  21.53%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
391  Charley Radbourn  B  0.00%  Y (Old Timers) 
389  Jesse Burkett  B  0.00%  N 
381  Cap Anson  B  0.00%  Y (Old Timers) 
380  Zack Wheat  B  1.46%  N 
366  Frankie Frisch  B  9.49%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
361  Eddie Plank  B  10.22%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  2.92%  N 
355  Ed Delahanty  B  52.92%  N 
355  Dan Brouthers  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.36%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  2.55%  N 
345  Bobby Wallace  B  1.82%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
333  Willie Keeler  B  75.55%  Y 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.36%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  1.82%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  0.00%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  2.92%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.36%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
305  Jim O'Rourke  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  29.93%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  10.95%  N 
296  Mordecai Brown  C  19.71%  N 
295  Hugh Duffy  C  12.41%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.36%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  2.19%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  George Sisler  C  85.77%  Y 
292  Red Faber  C  1.09%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
291  Elmer Flick  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.36%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.36%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  0.36%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
278  Bill Terry  C  5.84%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.36%  N 
278  King Kelly  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Mickey Cochrane  C  10.22%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
274  Jimmy Collins  C  26.28%  N 
274  Pie Traynor  C  3.65%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  7.30%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Joe McGinnity  C  11.68%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  0.36%  N 
268  Johnny Evers  C  39.05%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.36%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Ed Walsh  C  48.18%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.36%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.36%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  0.36%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Joe Tinker  C  4.38%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  1.09%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.36%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  4.01%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Buck Ewing  C  0.73%  Y (Old Timers) 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.36%  N 
241  Dazzy Vance  C  0.00%  N 

BBWAA:
Number selected: 4 (including Gehrig by "Special Election")
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 50.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 7.69%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 8.26%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 75.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (595.00 WS avg)? 0.00 [Note that there were no eligible players were over 595 WS.]
Old Timers:
Number selected: 3
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00% (That would have been Tim Keefe, John Ward, and Pud Galvin)
Percentage based on bypassed: 2.59%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 3.03%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 66.67%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (595.00 WS avg)? 0.00
This was sort of a defining moment for the Hall. The "worst" player to be inducted in the first three years of voting, according to Win Shares, was Christy Mathewson (426 WS), arguably one of the greatest pitchers of all time. The average Hall of Famer's Win Share total was just under 600, a total that has been reached by fewer than 10 players all time.
This is the Hall of Fame that everyone today seems to be harping for. There were no poor clinkers. Everyone was truly famous. However, the Hall was at a crossroads.
As Ken Smith said in Baseball's Hall of Fame (as quoted by Bill James in The Politics of Glory), "For several years the consensus of complaint centered about the old favorites who were left out." In 1939, Commissioner Landis and the president of the baseball writers' association, Tom Swope, struck a deal: the writers would be given permanent authority over the twentiethcentury players and could run their elections as they saw fit.
The Centennial Commission, which until now had just selected nonplayers for the Hall, was recommissioned the Old Timers Committee and would have sovereignty over all nineteenthcentury players. I have included their candidate pool and their voting together above because the line was never completely drawn between the two factions. You'll notice that Buck Ewing was selected by the Old Timers, but also had received a couple votes, probably as many as he deserved, from the writers even though his career ended in 1897 (he also managed until 1900, so maybe the writers claimed him due to this). The line between the two groups became even more blurred in 1945 when a majority of players who were selected by the Old Timers had retired after 1900 (as late as 1918). The system was changed in 1946 to give the Old Timers all players who had been retired for 25 or more years. (The line was still being stepped on though. The Old Timers selected Johnny Evers that year even though he had played one game in 1922 and another in 1929. The writers threw one vote to John Clarkson, who retired in 1899, in 1946 and one to Bill Lange of all people, who also retired in 1899, in the 1953 election.)
Anyway, back in 1939, the writers had given up a pool of players they had no interest in to begin with—through 1939, only 7 baseball writer votes had gone to nineteenthcentury players and of those, one went to Connie Mack, who certainly was being considered more for his nonplaying contributions, and four over three elections went to Marty "Who?" Bergen, who had played just four seasons and started only one, for the 1898 Boston Beaneaters. In exchange, the writers could do whatever they wished with the highest honor in baseballdom. And to quote Bill James, "They immediately did something stupid."
Actually, they did a couple of stupid things. They first voted to hold elections every three years, meaning that there would be fewer inductees and fewer induction ceremonies, much to the irritation of the Hall's administrators. The writers obviously wanted to keep those enshrined in the Hall to a minimum. By holding the vote less frequently, the assumption was the talent pool would have a chance to replenish itself. If you want the Hall to be for Ruth and Gehrig and Mathewson alone, this made sense. However, it seemed that the fans and (especially) the keepers of the Hall did not want this. This caused the tension that led to the poor decisions and two paths, the writers and the veterans, that we are still living with today. The writers saw their job as almost complete and the Hall executives would start to see this an abducation of their duties, leading to more and more power being ceded to the veterans' committee.
The next stupid thing they did had to deal with their selections for 1939. The writers had been picking the best of the best until this point and then we get Wee Willie Keeler and George Sisler. Don't get me wrong, though Sisler was highly overrated (James has him listed 24th among all first baseman, right above Mark Grace), Keeler is a decent Hall of Fame choice today. However, in 1939 Keeler was a bad pick and Sisler was a horrific one. Not only was Rogers Hornsby, arguably the greatest second baseman of all time, available (with 169 Win Shares more than Keeler and 210 more than Sisler) but so were dozens of other better candidates. For all of you who feel that the Hall should be for Ruth and Cy Young and Willie Mays–types only, this is the turning point. It was not the veterans who tainted the Hall first. It was the writers. Keeler and especially Sisler made it possible for people to bandy about Jim Rice and Dick Allen and Jack Morris and Dale Murphy, and to make decent cases for them.
1942 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
502  Rogers Hornsby  A  78.11%  Y 
478  Kid Nichols  A  2.15%  N 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.86%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
400  Fred Clarke  A  24.89%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
391  Lefty Grove  B  0.00%  N 
389  Jesse Burkett  B  1.72%  N 
383  Charlie Gehringer  B  0.00%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  1.29%  N 
366  Frankie Frisch  B  36.05%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
361  Eddie Plank  B  27.04%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  1.72%  N 
355  Ed Delahanty  B  44.64%  N 
355  Dan Brouthers  B  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.43%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.00%  N 
Number selected: 1
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 100.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade: 100.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 100.00%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 100.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (503.50 WS avg)? 0.00% [But Hornsby was the best available and he was a hair under the avg (at 502).]
The 1942 election was the end of the last of the old elections. The writers selected the best player, a player that would not lower the Hall's standards. Selfsatisfied, they went back into their selfimposed seclusion for another three years.
The Permanent Committee that oversaw the Hall, however, was not pleased. The 1942 election was, apparently, the last straw. Many things would change in the next election.
1945 BBWAA/Old Timers
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
478  Kid Nichols  A  2.02%  N 
446  Sam Crawford  A  1.62%  N 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  0.00%  N 
423  Paul Waner  A  0.00%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  N 
400  Fred Clarke  A  21.46%  Y (Old Timers) 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  N 
391  Lefty Grove  B  11.34%  N 
389  Jesse Burkett  B  0.81%  N 
383  Charlie Gehringer  B  4.05%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  0.81%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  0.00%  N 
366  Frankie Frisch  B  40.89%  N 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  N 
361  Eddie Plank  B  13.36%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  2.02%  N 
355  Ed Delahanty  B  44.94%  Y (Old Timers) 
355  Dan Brouthers  B  0.00%  Y (Old Timers) 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.40%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.40%  N 
345  Bobby Wallace  B  1.21%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.40%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.00%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  0.81%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  0.40%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  2.02%  N 
305  Carl Hubbell  B  9.72%  N 
305  Jim O'Rourke  B  0.00%  Y (Old Timers) 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  20.65%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  10.53%  N 
296  Mordecai Brown  C  18.62%  N 
295  Hugh Duffy  C  25.91%  Y (Old Timers) 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.40%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.40%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  N 
291  Elmer Flick  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  0.00%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Bill Terry  C  12.96%  N 
278  King Kelly  C  0.00%  Y (Old Timers) 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Mickey Cochrane  C  50.61%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  N 
274  Jimmy Collins  C  48.99%  Y (Old Timers) 
274  Pie Traynor  C  32.79%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  43.72%  N 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  N 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.40%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.40%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Joe McGinnity  C  17.81%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  0.00%  N 
268  Johnny Evers  C  54.25%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
266  Clyde Milan  C  0.00%  N 
265  Ed Walsh  C  55.47%  N 
265  Herman Long  C  0.40%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  N 
258  Joe Tinker  C  19.84%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  0.00%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  0.40%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.00%  N 
245  Lloyd Waner  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  2.83%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dazzy Vance  C  7.29%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
240  Rube Waddell  C  62.35%  N 
240  Herb Pennock  C  18.22%  N 
239  Roger Peckinpaugh  C  0.00%  N 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.40%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  N 
238  Chuck Klein  C  0.00%  N 
237  Frank Chance  C  72.47%  N 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  N 
235  Cy Williams  C  0.40%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.40%  N 
233  Wes Ferrell  C  0.00%  N 
232  Donie Bush  C  0.40%  N 
232  Babe Herman  C  0.00%  N 
231  Roger Bresnahan  C  53.85%  Y (Old Timers) 
231  Chief Bender  C  16.19%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  N 
231  Paul Derringer  C  0.00%  N 
231  Jack Fournier  C  0.00%  N 
231  George Uhle  C  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.40%  N 
227  Earle Combs  C  0.40%  N 
227  Stuffy McInnis  C  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  N 
225  Urban Shocker  C  0.00%  N 
224  Dolph Camilli  D  0.00%  N 
224  Hack Wilson  D  0.00%  N 
223  Charlie Root  D  0.40%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  N 
223  Bob Shawkey  D  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  53.85%  N 
222  Freddie Fitzsimmons  D  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  N 
220  Lon Warneke  D  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  N 
218  Art Fletcher  D  0.00%  N 
218  Larry French  D  0.00%  N 
216  Harlond Clift  D  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.40%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  N 
215  Hooks Dauss  D  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  N 
214  Hughie Jennings  D  37.25%  Y (Old Timers) 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  N 
BBWAA:
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (503.41 WS avg)? 0.00 [Note that there were no eligible players were over 503.41 WS.]
Old Timers:
Number selected: 9
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 11.11%
Percentage based on bypassed: 5.08%
Percentage by Grade: 22.22%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 6.22%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 44.44%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (503.41 WS avg)? 0.00
Now they really did. Pandemonium. Cats and dogs sleeping together.
The writers can't decide on any player. The Old Timers Committee was then used to correct the writers' mistakes. Six of the nine men selected by the Old Timers had been voted on by the writers in 1945 as well. If the veterans had selected the nine best men, then maybe the writers' log jam would have been cleared and all would have been well with the world. But they seemed to select nine players almost at random (other than an Ahablike fascination with the 1894 Baltimore Orioles). Some were strong choices (Clark, Brouthers, Delahanty), some are OK given the standards today (O'Rourke, Duffy), and some are among the worst choices in the Hall (Bresnahan and Jennings).
Hoping to reduce the log jam, the Permanent Committee that oversaw the Hall in 1946 changed the baseball writers' procedures so that there would be a twopass election. First the writers would vote for all eligible players, and then the top 20 qualifiers would be assessed in a runoff election. They also required that the writers hold an election annually and that they concentrate only on players who had been active in the last 25 years. This was going back on Landis' deal, but they felt that changes had to be made and the writers were not making them for themselves.
1946 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  Run Off PCT  inducted 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  12.87%  0.00%  N 
423  Paul Waner  A  1.98%  0.00%  N 
391  Lefty Grove  B  35.15%  23.19%  N 
383  Charlie Gehringer  B  21.29%  8.75%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  2.97%  0.00%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  0.50%  0.00%  N 
366  Frankie Frisch  B  51.49%  25.48%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  11.39%  0.00%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  0.99%  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  5.45%  0.00%  N 
305  Carl Hubbell  B  50.00%  28.52%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  24.75%  11.03%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  19.31%  13.69%  N 
Number selected: 0
Percentage by Top Win Shares: N/A
Percentage based on bypassed: N/A
Percentage by Grade: N/A
Percentage by Grade bypassed: N/A
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? N/A
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (433.27 WS avg)? N/A [Note that only Foxx qualified.]
1946 Old Timers
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  Run Off PCT  inducted 
478  Kid Nichols  A  0.00%  0.00%  N 
446  Sam Crawford  A  0.00%  0.00%  N 
413  Tim Keefe  A  0.00%  0.00%  N 
409  John Ward  A  0.00%  0.00%  N 
403  Pud Galvin  A  0.00%  0.00%  N 
399  Tony Mullane  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
398  George Davis  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
396  John Clarkson  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
394  Bill Dahlen  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
389  Jesse Burkett  B  0.99%  0.00%  Y 
363  Roger Connor  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
361  Eddie Plank  B  16.83%  0.00%  Y 
354  Sherry Magee  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
354  Mickey Welch  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
345  Bobby Wallace  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
344  George Van Haltren  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
339  Jimmy Sheckard  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
337  Bob Caruthers  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
337  Billy Hamilton  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
328  Tommy Leach  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
318  Jake Beckley  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
316  Jimmy Ryan  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
305  Joe Kelley  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
305  Bid McPhee  B  0.00%  0.00%  N 
296  Mordecai Brown  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
294  Kid Gleason  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
294  Joe Jackson  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
293  Amos Rusie  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
293  Vic Willis  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
292  Dave Foutz  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
291  Elmer Flick  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
290  Fielder Jones  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
289  Larry Doyle  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
287  Ed Konetchy  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Powell  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
285  Elmer Smith  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
285  Jack Stivetts  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
283  Charlie Buffinton  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
278  Lave Cross  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
275  Jim Whitney  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
273  Clark Griffith  C  36.14%  31.18%  Y 
273  Adonis Terry  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
272  Cy Seymour  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
269  Joe McGinnity  C  26.24%  17.87%  Y 
268  Johnny Evers  C  64.36%  41.83%  Y (Not eligible though) 
265  Herman Long  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
265  Harry Stovey  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
265  Ed Walsh  C  56.93%  40.30%  Y 
263  Silver King  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
261  Jack Glasscock  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
260  Roy Thomas  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
259  Guy Hecker  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
258  Joe Tinker  C  27.23%  17.11%  Y 
258  Gus Weyhing  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
255  George Mullin  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
254  Dummy Hoy  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
251  Mike Tiernan  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
250  George Gore  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
249  Paul Hines  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
249  Fred Tenney  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
247  Eddie Cicotte  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
245  Mike Griffin  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
243  Tommy Bond  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
243  Al Orth  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
240  Rube Waddell  C  60.40%  33.08%  Y 
239  Frank Schulte  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
239  Will White  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
238  Cupid Childs  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
238  Harry Davis  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
237  Frank Chance  C  71.29%  57.03%  Y 
236  Sam Thompson  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
235  Doc White  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
233  Jesse Tannehill  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
231  Hal Chase  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
230  Hardy Richardson  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
229  Ginger Beaumont  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
227  Dode Paskert  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
225  Pete Browning  C  0.00%  0.00%  N 
223  Topsy Hartsel  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
222  Miller Huggins  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
222  Billy Nash  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
221  Bill Hutchison  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
221  Arlie Latham  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
221  Ed McKean  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
218  Tom Brown  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
215  Tom Daly  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
215  Danny Murphy  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
215  Kip Selbach  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
214  Tommy Corcoran  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
214  Heinie Zimmerman  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
213  Frank Dwyer  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
213  Tip O'Neill  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
212  Ted Breitenstein  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
212  Sam Leever  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
211  Chick Stahl  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
209  John Anderson  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
209  Jack Chesbro  D  0.50%  0.00%  Y 
208  Brickyard Kennedy  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
208  Ed Morris  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
208  Harry Steinfeldt  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
206  Deacon Phillippe  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
205  Claude Ritchey  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
202  Gavvy Cravath  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
202  Bill Donovan  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
200  Bill Dinneen  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
191  Bill Bradley  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
191  Addie Joss  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
188  Bobby Lowe  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
184  Kid Elberfeld  D  0.00%  0.00%  N 
170  Tommy McCarthy  D  0.00%  0.00%  Y 
Number selected: 11
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 9.09%
Percentage based on bypassed: 10.00%
Percentage by Grade: 18.18%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 10.28%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 18.18%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (433.27 WS avg)? 0.00% [Note that only Kid Nichols and Sam Crawford qualified.]
It's like the Wild West, right? Complete chaos. Where's Maxwell Smart when you need him?
The writers don't want to induct anyone. Frank Chance leads all candidates. The only problem is that technically, he is no longer eligible for their elections. Players like Jimmie Foxx, Paul Waner, and Lefty Grove, who would be firstballot layups today, can't even get 50% of the voters to notice them.
In the other camp, the Old Timers are electing bushelfuls of players, some of whom weren't even mentioned in a poem. They even picked one (Evers) who technically was not eligible for the Old Timers as yet. You'll notice that the majority of their selections were picked over by the writers in their vote and were found lacking. You'll also notice that the quality of the candidates varied wildly. Jesse Burkett and Eddie Plank were pretty good choices, though not the best available. The rest weren't great and three (Frank Chance, Jack Chesbro, and Tommy McCarthy) were among the four worst men inducted to date, according to Win Shares. McCarthy still has the lowest Win Share total (170) of anyone in the Hall.
Basically, there were two different Hall of Fame worlds. The writers may have been too tight with their plaques but at least they kept their errors of commission to a minimum. The Old Timers plumbed the depths of Hall of Fame viability. Maybe the writers did not vote for the older players because given the scholarship of the day very little was known besides what had been passed down anecdotally. Maybe their restraint would have been seen as a virtue once a means to evaluate these old time players was in place (probably in the Sixties).
However, their restraint also was their undoing. If the writers had admitted the somewhat current, qualified candidates like Foxx then they wouldn't have had the ownership of the Hall taken away from them. It would have been interesting if the writers had kept electing one or two highquality candidates a year, thereby obviating the need for the Old Timers. Where would we be now?
1947 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  6.21%  N 
423  Paul Waner  A  0.00%  N 
391  Lefty Grove  B  76.40%  Y 
383  Charlie Gehringer  B  65.22%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  22.98%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  3.73%  N 
366  Frankie Frisch  B  84.47%  Y 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  40.37%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.00%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  0.00%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  3.73%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.00%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  1.24%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  0.00%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  1.24%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  0.00%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  15.53%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  0.00%  N 
305  Carl Hubbell  B  86.96%  Y 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  56.52%  N 
301  Frank Baker  B  30.43%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  0.00%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  0.00%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  0.00%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  0.00%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.00%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Bill Terry  C  28.57%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.00%  N 
275  Mickey Cochrane  C  79.50%  Y 
Number selected: 4
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 25.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 12.50%
Percentage by Grade: 50.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 12.73%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 75.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (386.97 WS avg)? 25.00%
1948 BBWAA
Win Shares  Name  Grade  PCT  inducted 
528  Mel Ott  A  0.00%  N 
435  Jimmie Foxx  A  41.32%  N 
423  Paul Waner  A  42.15%  N 
383  Charlie Gehringer  B  42.98%  N 
380  Zack Wheat  B  12.40%  N 
375  Al Simmons  B  49.59%  N 
356  Harry Heilmann  B  33.06%  N 
355  Goose Goslin  B  0.83%  N 
351  Max Carey  B  7.44%  N 
333  Joe Cronin  B  20.66%  N 
327  Sam Rice  B  0.83%  N 
325  Gabby Hartnett  B  27.27%  N 
322  Red Ruffing  B  0.00%  N 
321  Harry Hooper  B  1.65%  N 
316  Stan Hack  B  1.65%  N 
315  Eppa Rixey  B  4.13%  N 
314  Bill Dickey  B  32.23%  N 
314  Edd Roush  B  14.05%  N 
312  Ted Lyons  B  12.40%  N 
302  Rabbit Maranville  B  31.40%  N 
298  Billy Herman  C  0.83%  N 
292  Kiki Cuyler  C  2.48%  N 
292  Red Faber  C  2.48%  N 
290  George Burns  C  0.00%  N 
287  Jack Quinn  C  1.65%  N 
287  Bob Johnson  C  0.83%  N 
286  Burleigh Grimes  C  5.79%  N 
285  Heinie Manush  C  0.83%  N 
280  Earl Averill  C  0.00%  N 
278  Bill Terry  C  42.98%  N 
277  Joe Sewell  C  0.83%  N 
274  Pie Traynor  C  76.86%  Y 
272  Heinie Groh  C  0.83%  N 
270  Joe Judge  C  0.00%  N 
269  Dave Bancroft  C  3.31%  N 
267  Hank Greenberg  C  0.00%  N 
266  Wilbur Cooper  C  0.00%  N 
265  Bobby Veach  C  0.00%  N 
263  Jake Daubert  C  0.00%  N 
262  Waite Hoyt  C  5.79%  N 
258  Jim Bottomley  C  3.31%  N 
258  Larry Gardner  C  0.00%  N 
258  Buddy Myer  C  0.00%  N 
256  Carl Mays  C  0.00%  N 
252  Tony Lazzeri  C  17.36%  N 
252  Dick Bartell  C  0.83%  N 
245  Wally Schang  C  0.83%  N 
245  Stan Coveleski  C  1.65%  N 
245  Sam Jones  C  0.00%  N 
245  Jimmy Dykes  C  4.13%  N 
245  Lloyd Waner  C  0.00%  N 
243  Babe Adams  C  3.31%  N 
243  Joe Kuhel  C  0.00%  N 
242  Del Pratt  C  0.00%  N 
241  Wally Berger  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dolf Luque  C  0.00%  N 
241  Dazzy Vance  C  19.01%  N 
240  Herb Pennock  C  77.69%  Y 
Number selected: 2
Percentage by Top Win Shares: 0.00%
Percentage based on bypassed: 3.45%
Percentage by Grade: 0.00%
Percentage by Grade bypassed: 2.47%
Percentage elected over 300 Win Shares? 0.00%
Percentage better than the established standards for the Hall (381.70 WS avg)? 0.00% (4 players were over)
Well, again the writers’ eccentricities will revive the specter of the veterans’ committee. The writers broadened their standards on the urging of the Old Timers’ voluminous selections in the midForties. Unfortunately, they let their standards fall as well. Pie Traynor was the 32nd best player eligible according to Win Shares. Herb Pennock was 58th. There were also 20 candidates with at least 300 Win Shares. Again, the concept of Win Shares, of course, did not exist at this time, but this tells you the quality of the candidates involved.
In 1949, the Old Timers, who had laid low for two years, would be back to their old shenanigans.
To be continued…
Win Sharing Means Win Caring
20040112 00:32
by Mike Carminati
The Baseball Crank has a study of Win Share Levels. Check him out.
News of the Stupid
20040112 00:30
by Mike Carminati
Mike's Baseball Rants recieved its 100,000th visitor this weekend.
...And there was much rejoicing.
Tugger
20040108 20:53
by Mike Carminati
"It isn't that," said Scrooge, heated by the remark, and speaking unconsciously like his former, not his latter, self. "It isn't that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count them up: what then? The happiness he gives, is quite as great as if it cost a fortune."
—On the amount of money that his old boss, Fezziwig, spent on a gloriously remembered holiday party from Ebeneezer "Don't Call Me Scroogie" Scrooge's youth, A "Clay" Christmas Carol By Charles "Don't Call Me Jason" Dickens
Tug McGraw passed away at the age of 59 on Monday after a hardfought struggle with brain cancer. I hadn't posted anything about it until now because frankly I didn't really know what to say. We sabermetricians love looking under the hood at the numbers. Though McGraw's numbers were nothing to sneer at, he meant something else to the community, something that's difficult to put into words.
McGraw was a very good reliever for almost twenty seasons, but if his legacy was dependent pitching alone, he would never have become the icon that he has been for the past thirty years in Philadelphia. After all two of Tug's best years came before he ever joined the Phils. The third one came during the Phils' sole World Championship year, 1980. McGraw threw the last pitch in that World Series striking out Willie Wilson with the bases loaded and with the winning run at the plate, and he will be remembered forever in Philly for his exultant leap that followed (see above).
(It's odd that on the play just before the strikeout Pete Rose snared in midair a foul Frank White popup that had bounced out of catcher Bob Boone's glove to record out number two, a play that rivaled Derek Jeter's incredible throwout of Jason Giambi at home in the 2001 playoffs for postseason shock and awe in my estimation. Now news of Rose's selfindulgent, tellsome biography precedes news of McGraw's death and the outpouring of emotion that followed, clearly delineating the much different paths that the two individuals traveled in life in the intervening years.)
The pictures of that moment remind me of the old picture of Babe Ruth, who is calmly standing with a selfsatisfied grin amid a sea of faces that are almost spinning around him as if feeling his gravitational pull. McGraw was the eye of the jubilant maelstrom that quickly followed. It was such a classic moment that the Phils had McGraw reenact it at the closing ceremonies for Veterans Stadium this fall.
McGraw had a great postseason in 1980. He ended game 5 of the Series by striking out Amos Otis again with the bases loaded. He also pitched in every game of the classic fivegame League Championship Series between the Phils and the Astros, recording two saves. He did falter in game 5 allowing the tying run in the eighth, but consider that he was making his fifth appearance in six days and was pitching his eighth inning over that span. He also gave up the winning and only run in the eleventh inning of game three on a basesloaded sac fly by Denny Walling (the Phils walked the bases full intentionally after a Joe Morgan triple led off the inning—see, it didn't work back then either). Of course it was after throwing three scoreless innings. In total McGraw collected four saves in nine appearances. He appeared in nine of the eleven postseason games for the Phils.
Those were great moments, but that's not what I remember about Tug McGraw. I remember the delivery that always looked like a righty trying to throw lefty (at least that’s how I look when I throw lefty). It started with the high knee kick and hands meeting and pointing skyward as if in supplication. Then he sort of teetered on his back leg, finally toppling at the waist. He ended up almost doubled over, his legs and arms taking separate flights to the same location, and the ball always seemed to come from way towards the first base side. Or maybe I’m just remembering his scroogie. Anyway, at the end of each inning he would slap his glove on his thigh, which, I believe, he once explained was a signal to his wife, who was not a big baseball fan, that the inning was over. After an especially grueling inning, he would sometimes rapidly pat his chest to demonstrate what his heart was doing.
But again with Tug, the emotion and personality that he displayed on the field was just the tip of the iceberg. He named his pitches. He had his signature pitch, the Scroogie, as well as the Cutty Sark fastball, so named because "It sailed", and the Peggy Lee fastball, which left the batter asking, "Is that all there is?" He even penned a comic strip named "Scroogie", which was also the name of the main character, who was also a relief pitcher but for the Pets (Phillies/Mets). By the way, does anyone remember Royce Rawls? I had a copy of the comic book somewhere that I have to dig up.
Then of course were the great Tug McGraw quips. He coined "Ya gotta believe" before he joined the Phils, and it's become famous. In simpler times, he responded to his preference for grass or astroturf with, "I don't know. I never smoked any astroturf" and when asked how he would spent his postseason earnings responded, "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."
There was a comment that struck me as odd during the 1980 World Championship festivities: "New York can take this championship and stick it." I though it was odd for a player who had once played in New York and whose current team had had no problems with a New York team since the Whiz Kids lost the Series to the Yanks 30 years earlier. I have since grown to understand Philly's inferiority complex caused by its proximity to the Big Apple.
Finally, Tug had some great advice that we can all live by, "Ten million years from now, when then sun burns out and the Earth is just a frozen iceball hurtling through space, nobody's going to care whether or not I got this guy out." Maybe that attitude is what made him such a memorable person.
Tug was the one who instigated the Phils' allgreen St. Pat's Day uniforms that they wore in spring training every year. He taped aspirins to his arm. He read "Casey at the Bat" on stage. He became a staple on local Philly TV after he retired. He was like your goofy uncle who's always a bit tipsy, but McGraw remained avuncular and charming and a big lovable ham. He never displayed the sordid underbelly that personalities today always seem to have. Maybe it was the times in which he played, but I prefer to think that Tug was just what he seemed. Given the outpouring of positive stories since his death, I see no reason to think otherwise.
It reminds me of a story about Bombo Rivera that I was ready to attribute to W.P. Kinsella's Shoeless Joe (which was made into a film as Field of Dreams) but couldn't find there. Anyway, the author attended a game in Minnesota and as Rivera stepped into the batter's box, one half of the stadium cheered "Bombo" while the other followed with "Rivera". He admitted that Rivera was not the best player on the field, but he just had that certain something that drew fans to him. I criticize ballplayers for their oldcronyism, but I have a special place for the ballplayers of my youth including Tug McGraw. Just the nickname alone is so full of personality. He played in an era when it was OK to have a personality on the field, when players weren't considered crybaby multimillionaires and weren't expected to act as such. Before the strike. Before the lost World Series. When baseball cards were little pieces of cheap cardboard with fuzzy pictures slapped on them, were almost indistinguishable from the brittle splinters of (alleged) gum that attended them, and were made by only one company. Maybe the players themselves have not changed much since that era: maybe it's society that's gotten jaded. Maybe I just grew up and nothing else has changed but me. I have no way of knowing, nor do I particularly care. It affects me all the same.
Meanwhile, with GM and manager Paul Owens' recent death, the Phils have lost two pillars from their late Seventies dynasty in less than two weeks. This comes at a time when the Phils are featuring their recent history while preparing to implode the old stadium, much to the chagrin of locals who fear there will be fallout to the surrounding area, and open a new one. Tug’s death makes the closing of an otherwise featureless tin can of a stadium actually poignant.
Like School on Saturday, Part V
20040107 13:01
by Mike Carminati
So, now that we have established 300 Win Shares as out litmus test for Hallworthiness, let's take a look at how players meeting this criterion have done historically in the Hall of fame voting. The following is a table of Hall elections as of a set of years from 1936 to today (actually yesterday when the 2004 results were released). While before I looked at the number of players from a certain era have gotten into the Hall, now I will look at the results as a snapshot in time as of the given year:
As of  Inducted  Eligible  %  Change 
1936  5  50  10.00%  
1940  14  54  25.93%  15.93% 
1950  26  70  37.14%  11.22% 
1960  41  73  56.16%  19.02% 
1970  56  80  70.00%  13.84% 
1980  72  93  77.42%  7.42% 
1990  89  116  76.72%  0.70% 
2000  108  144  75.00%  1.72% 
2004  114  153  74.51%  0.49% 
What I'm looking for is a saturation point. Did the voters reach a point at which the criteria for Hallworthiness were understood and the number of new inductees kept pace with newly eligible players? At first, the Hall was playing catchup given that majorleague baseball had been around since 1871 and yet the Hall was not created until 1936. In the first election only 10% of the eligible 300Win Share players were inducted. As the Hall continued to induct players, new and old, the percentage rose about 1020% per decade until 70% of eligible players with 300 Win Shares had been inducted. I think that the Hall reached the saturation point around 1980. The growth slowed until the inducted percent was just over threequarters.
After reaching this saturation point, an odd thing happened to the Hall voting. The new inductees were losing pace to the new eligibles. It wasn't as if the small percentages of the early decades of the Hall were due for a return, but one or two percentage points per decade were lost. The influx of players from the expansion era caused some of this, but I think that the voters, both the writers and the veterans, started to get a bit pickier. Let's test that by looking at the results from each group individually:
As of  BBWAA  Vets  Eligible  BBWAA %  Change  Vets %  Change 
1936  5  0  50  10.00%   0.00%  
1940  11  3  54  20.37%  10.37%  5.56%  5.56% 
1950  16  10  70  22.86%  2.49%  14.29%  8.73% 
1960  27  14  73  36.99%  14.13%  19.18%  4.89% 
1970  32  24  80  40.00%  3.01%  30.00%  10.82% 
1980  42  29  93  45.16%  5.16%  31.18%  1.18% 
1990  55  33  116  47.41%  2.25%  28.45%  2.73% 
2000  69  39  144  47.92%  0.50%  27.08%  1.36% 
2004  75  39  153  49.02%  1.10%  25.49%  1.59% 
You'll notice that the growth for both the vets and the writers slowed after 1980. However, while the writers continued to grow the inductee percentage slightly (12% per decade), the vets percentage started to shrink.
I submit that around 1980 the Veterans' Committee had served its purpose and could have been retired given that the saturation point had been reached. At the same time, the writers reached some sort of stasis as to what they felt was a Hallworthy player and have voted accordingly since. The only problem is that the standard that the writers came to was not actually reflective of the Hall membership at the time. So that's why the writers are not terribly impressed with Bert Blyleven and Andre Dawson, even though one could make a very strong argument for their embodying the average Hall of Famer (Dawson, 340 WS, and Blyleven, 339, rank 100th and 101st alltime and their numbers in Bill James' Hall of Fame tests are about average for a HoFer). Gary Carter (337 WS) had to languish for years before being allowed into the hallowed Hall. Ryne Sandberg (346 WS) still awaits induction. There have been a spate of players since the Eighties who have been over 300 Win Shares and yet not gotten much support (e.g., Lou Whitaker, Bobby Grich, Darrell and Dwight Evans, and Dave Parker).
So what we have are two sets of "standards", the writers and the veterans, and the writers don't seem willing to acknowledge the vets'. Given that the players involved (i.e., from the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties) have lost a bit of luster in the last decade following the offensive glut since 1993, worthy players are getting overlooked. Whereas in the past the veterans would clean up after writers (while inducting a flotilla of their old buddies), the vets have failed to pick up the slack. This wouldn't be a problem had the writers adopted a broader view of what a Hall of Famer is based more on the membership of the Hall rather than their own opinions, but they didn't.
This schism can be seen by looking a the Win Shares of the players inducted by each body over time. First the writers:
Inducted  #  Avg WS  Grand #  Avg WS  Change 
1936  5  623.80  5  623.80  
1937  3  586.67  8  609.88  13.93 
1938  1  476.00  9  595.00  14.88 
1939  3  399.67  12  546.17  48.83 
1942  1  502.00  13  542.77  3.40 
1947  4  334.25  17  493.71  49.06 
1948  2  257.00  19  468.79  24.92 
1949  1  383.00  20  464.50  4.29 
1951  2  481.50  22  466.05  1.55 
1952  2  389.50  24  459.67  6.38 
1953  2  278.00  26  445.69  13.97 
1954  3  298.00  29  430.41  15.28 
1955  4  316.25  33  416.58  13.84 
1956  2  300.00  35  409.91  6.66 
1962  2  274.50  37  402.59  7.32 
1964  1  378.00  38  401.95  0.65 
1966  1  555.00  39  405.87  3.92 
1967  1  322.00  40  403.78  2.10 
1968  1  312.00  41  401.54  2.24 
1969  2  405.50  43  401.72  0.18 
1970  1  277.00  44  398.89  2.83 
1972  3  292.67  47  392.11  6.78 
1973  1  412.00  48  392.52  0.41 
1974  2  413.00  50  393.34  0.82 
1975  1  242.00  51  390.37  2.97 
1976  2  285.50  53  386.42  3.96 
1977  1  332.00  54  385.41  1.01 
1978  1  450.00  55  386.58  1.17 
1979  1  642.00  56  391.14  4.56 
1980  2  397.50  58  391.36  0.22 
1981  1  317.00  59  390.10  1.26 
1982  2  581.00  61  396.36  6.26 
1983  2  309.50  63  393.60  2.76 
1984  3  308.33  66  389.73  3.88 
1985  2  302.00  68  387.15  2.58 
1986  1  408.00  69  387.45  0.30 
1987  2  290.00  71  384.70  2.75 
1988  1  370.00  72  384.50  0.20 
1989  2  422.00  74  385.51  1.01 
1990  2  412.00  76  386.21  0.70 
1991  3  358.67  79  385.16  1.05 
1992  2  288.00  81  382.77  2.40 
1993  1  444.00  82  383.51  0.75 
1994  1  366.00  83  383.30  0.21 
1995  1  467.00  84  384.30  1.00 
1997  1  374.00  85  384.18  0.12 
1998  1  319.00  86  383.42  0.76 
1999  3  396.33  89  383.85  0.44 
2000  2  358.50  91  383.30  0.56 
2001  2  348.00  93  382.54  0.76 
2002  1  325.00  94  381.93  0.61 
2003  2  387.00  96  382.03  0.11 
2004  2  357.50  98  381.53  0.50 
Now the vets:
Inducted  #  Avg WS  Grand #  Avg WS  Change 
1939  4  375.50  4  375.50  
1945  9  300.78  13  323.77  51.73 
1946  10  266.60  23  298.91  24.86 
1949  2  387.00  25  305.96  7.05 
1953  2  288.00  27  304.63  1.33 
1955  2  246.00  29  300.59  4.04 
1957  1  446.00  30  305.43  4.85 
1959  1  380.00  31  307.84  2.41 
1961  2  344.00  33  310.03  2.19 
1962  1  314.00  34  310.15  0.12 
1963  4  332.25  38  312.47  2.33 
1964  5  337.00  43  315.33  2.85 
1965  1  403.00  44  317.32  1.99 
1967  1  245.00  45  315.71  1.61 
1968  2  323.50  47  316.04  0.33 
1969  2  253.50  49  313.49  2.55 
1970  2  217.00  51  309.71  3.78 
1971  6  267.83  57  305.30  4.41 
1972  2  195.50  59  301.58  3.72 
1973  3  308.00  62  301.89  0.31 
1974  2  247.00  64  300.17  1.72 
1975  2  289.00  66  299.83  0.34 
1976  2  278.00  68  299.19  0.64 
1977  2  285.00  70  298.79  0.41 
1978  1  191.00  71  297.27  1.52 
1979  1  224.00  72  296.25  1.02 
1980  1  238.00  73  295.45  0.80 
1981  1  338.00  74  296.03  0.57 
1982  1  211.00  75  294.89  1.13 
1983  1  229.00  76  294.03  0.87 
1984  2  260.00  78  293.15  0.87 
1985  2  339.50  80  294.31  1.16 
1986  2  249.50  82  293.22  1.09 
1989  1  262.00  83  292.84  0.38 
1991  1  252.00  84  292.36  0.49 
1992  1  264.00  85  292.02  0.33 
1994  1  231.00  86  291.31  0.71 
1995  2  311.00  88  291.76  0.45 
1996  1  257.00  89  291.37  0.39 
1997  1  304.00  90  291.51  0.14 
1998  2  333.00  92  292.41  0.90 
1999  1  310.00  93  292.60  0.19 
2000  1  305.00  94  292.73  0.13 
2001  1  219.00  95  291.96  0.78 
So, the writers settled on a standard that is best represented by players who have slightly under 400 Win Shares. In this range are Tom Seaver, Joe DiMaggio, Rod Carew, Charlie Gehringer, and Cap Anson. This is the level of player that the writers seem to have no problem inducting usually on the first ballot, nowadays at least.
The veterans on the other hand settled in at around 300 Win Shares as an average within three veteran classes. Players in this range are Dale Murphy, Nellie Fox, Carl Hubbell, Amos Rusie, Vic Willis, Buddy Bell, and Dennis Eckersley.
What we end up with are two voting bodies with extremely disparate ideas of what a Hall of Famer is. There are about 100 Win Shares separating the two "standards". While, of course, the voters didn't use the Bill James tool to develop their standards, I think Win Shares embodies their concepts as to the average Hallworthy player's value. Using the writers' concept (382 WS as an average or rather median player), the Hall would consist of 116 players. Whereas the veterans' concept (292 WS) would create a 382player Hall. To give you an idea of what the difference between the two concepts is, Richie Ashburn and Bobby Grich are tied at #115 (at 329 WS) and the likes of Del Ennis, Dutch Leonard, Jesse Tannehill, Dennis Martinez, Ben Chapman, Wes Ferrell, Willie Horton, and Charlie Hough establish the lower boundary for the vets (233 WS). That's quite a difference in value
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part IV
20040106 12:39
by Mike Carminati
Now, let's look at the players elected by the baseball writers. How did they fare in the years prior to induction? Note, firstballot electees will not appear in the list:
Inducted  voted by  Name  Low  High  Retired 
1937  BBWAA  Cy Young  49.12%  49.12%  1911 
1937  BBWAA  Nap Lajoie  64.60%  64.60%  1916 
1937  BBWAA  Tris Speaker  58.85%  58.85%  1928 
1938  BBWAA  Pete Alexander  24.34%  62.19%  1930 
1939  BBWAA  Eddie Collins  26.55%  66.79%  1930 
1939  BBWAA  George Sisler  34.07%  68.32%  1930 
1939  BBWAA  Willie Keeler  17.70%  67.56%  1910 
1942  BBWAA  Rogers Hornsby  17.56%  64.23%  1937 
1947  BBWAA  Carl Hubbell  9.72%  38.40%  1943 
1947  BBWAA  Frankie Frisch  6.19%  40.89%  1937 
1947  BBWAA  Lefty Grove  5.31%  30.20%  1941 
1947  BBWAA  Mickey Cochrane  10.22%  50.61%  1937 
1948  BBWAA  Herb Pennock  7.46%  53.42%  1934 
1948  BBWAA  Pie Traynor  1.15%  73.91%  1937 
1949  Run Off  Charlie Gehringer  0.44%  66.67%  1942 
1951  BBWAA  Jimmie Foxx  6.21%  61.31%  1945 
1951  BBWAA  Mel Ott  61.44%  68.45%  1947 
1952  BBWAA  Harry Heilmann  1.72%  67.70%  1932 
1952  BBWAA  Paul Waner  1.52%  71.68%  1945 
1953  BBWAA  Al Simmons  0.38%  60.26%  1944 
1953  BBWAA  Dizzy Dean  0.44%  64.96%  1947 
1954  BBWAA  Bill Dickey  6.88%  67.80%  1946 
1954  BBWAA  Bill Terry  2.67%  72.35%  1936 
1954  BBWAA  Rabbit Maranville  12.44%  62.12%  1935 
1955  BBWAA  Dazzy Vance  0.38%  62.70%  1935 
1955  BBWAA  Gabby Hartnett  0.44%  59.92%  1941 
1955  BBWAA  Joe DiMaggio  0.40%  69.44%  1951 
1955  BBWAA  Ted Lyons  1.14%  67.46%  1946 
1956  BBWAA  Hank Greenberg  1.21%  62.55%  1947 
1956  BBWAA  Joe Cronin  3.73%  53.78%  1945 
1964  Run Off  Luke Appling  0.76%  70.65%  1950 
1967  Run Off  Red Ruffing  2.14%  81.78%  1947 
1968  BBWAA  Joe Medwick  0.83%  81.05%  1948 
1969  BBWAA  Roy Campanella  55.56%  72.44%  1957 
1970  BBWAA  Lou Boudreau  1.04%  64.12%  1952 
1972  BBWAA  Early Wynn  27.94%  66.67%  1963 
1972  BBWAA  Yogi Berra  67.22%  67.22%  1965 
1973  BBWAA  Warren Spahn  0.38%  0.38%  1965 
1974  BBWAA  Whitey Ford  67.11%  67.11%  1967 
1975  BBWAA  Ralph Kiner  1.33%  61.84%  1955 
1976  BBWAA  Bob Lemon  1.33%  64.36%  1958 
1976  BBWAA  Robin Roberts  56.05%  72.65%  1966 
1978  BBWAA  Eddie Mathews  32.33%  62.40%  1968 
1980  BBWAA  Duke Snider  17.00%  71.30%  1964 
1983  BBWAA  Juan Marichal  58.10%  73.49%  1975 
1984  BBWAA  Don Drysdale  20.99%  64.71%  1969 
1984  BBWAA  Harmon Killebrew  59.28%  71.93%  1975 
1984  BBWAA  Luis Aparicio  11.97%  67.38%  1973 
1985  BBWAA  Hoyt Wilhelm  38.89%  71.96%  1972 
1987  BBWAA  Billy Williams  23.37%  74.12%  1976 
1987  BBWAA  Catfish Hunter  53.67%  68.00%  1979 
1991  BBWAA  Fergie Jenkins  52.35%  66.67%  1983 
1991  BBWAA  Gaylord Perry  68.01%  72.07%  1983 
1992  BBWAA  Rollie Fingers  65.69%  65.69%  1985 
1997  BBWAA  Phil Niekro  60.00%  68.30%  1987 
1998  BBWAA  Don Sutton  56.92%  73.15%  1988 
2000  BBWAA  Carlton Fisk  66.40%  66.40%  1993 
2000  BBWAA  Tony Perez  50.00%  67.86%  1986 
2003  BBWAA  Gary Carter  33.80%  72.67%  1992 
Avg (>0)    25.17%  64.01%  
Well, they did have more support from the writers prior to their election, but then again it is the same body, the baseball writers, throughout. Note that the players elected from the Eighties on have gotten a great deal of support throughout their tenure on the writers' ballot as opposed to the ones that were inducted in the Fifties and Sixties.
Now let's look at the progress by decade:
Decade  Count  Low  High 
1910s  3  43.81%  60.42% 
1920s  1  58.85%  58.85% 
1930s  12  12.06%  62.10% 
1940s  15  6.79%  62.42% 
1950s  6  10.07%  67.14% 
1960s  8  36.13%  59.05% 
1970s  6  40.88%  71.15% 
1980s  6  58.83%  68.96% 
1990s  2  50.10%  69.53% 
Total  59  25.17%  64.01% 
It seems like there was an abrupt change in the way that players got elected in the Seventies.
Now, let's look at the progression of the writers' choices over the course of their eligibility (note that these numbers include the tallies that did indeed get the players inducted):
Eligibility  #  Avg PCT 
1st yr  97  65.70% 
2nd yr  40  48.29% 
3rd yr  39  43.81% 
4th yr  32  45.34% 
5th yr  22  46.46% 
6th yr  20  46.00% 
7th yr  18  41.07% 
8th yr  11  46.95% 
9th yr  16  40.80% 
10th yr  24  35.53% 
11th yr  28  35.22% 
12th yr  21  51.63% 
13th yr  16  41.34% 
14th yr  18  45.55% 
15th yr  10  50.60% 
16th yr  11  63.19% 
17th yr  8  55.36% 
18th yr  6  67.67% 
19th yr  6  70.24% 
20th yr  4  78.25% 
21st yr  1  84.81% 
You'll note that players get the most support when they are new to the ballot or when their eligibility is about to expire (from the 16th year on, depending on the various eligibility cutoffs of the past).
Now let's take a look at the same progression for those players who have not gained admission to the hallowed halls of Cooperstown (Note, this includes the 2003 veterans voting, basically everything after the 30th year):
Eligibility  #  Avg PCT 
1st yr  721  1.74% 
2nd yr  170  4.92% 
3rd yr  161  4.85% 
4th yr  88  7.70% 
5th yr  84  7.82% 
6th yr  68  8.58% 
7th yr  69  9.01% 
8th yr  61  10.02% 
9th yr  96  7.36% 
10th yr  57  9.40% 
11th yr  85  8.22% 
12th yr  60  10.34% 
13th yr  80  8.67% 
14th yr  60  10.98% 
15th yr  55  11.28% 
16th yr  26  8.22% 
17th yr  27  8.68% 
18th yr  28  8.83% 
19th yr  25  12.41% 
20th yr  15  8.26% 
21st yr  7  11.80% 
22nd yr  12  12.65% 
23rd yr  8  10.52% 
24th yr  13  12.66% 
25th yr  4  18.39% 
26th yr  4  23.80% 
27th yr  3  17.97% 
28th yr  1  13.19% 
29th yr  2  15.67% 
30th yr  4  13.58% 
31st yr  1  14.69% 
35th yr  2  40.74% 
37th yr  1  4.94% 
38th yr  1  13.58% 
46th yr  1  19.75% 
48th yr  3  16.87% 
56th yr  1  14.81% 
59th yr  1  23.46% 
67th yr  1  7.41% 
Boy, they drop like flies after the first couple of years of eligibility, eh? The ones that stick around do get more support as time goes on.
One thing to keep in mind is that the rule to drop those players who don't receive five percent from the writers' ballot is relatively new. Even players who got elected to the Hall have years under 5% as well as years in which they are omitted altogether from the writers' ballot. If the to the 5% rule had been in effect throughout the voting, twenty Hall of Famers elected by the writers would have been dropped from the ballot. They are: Al Simmons, Dazzy Vance, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Dizzy Dean, Gabby Hartnett, Luke Appling, Joe Medwick, Lou Boudreau, Ted Lyons, Pie Traynor, Hank Greenberg, Ralph Kiner, Bob Lemon, Paul Waner, Harry Heilmann, Red Ruffing, Bill Terry, Joe Cronin, and Warren Spahn, who received one vote while still active. Of the vets' selections, only 15 of 94 would have passed the 5% rule strictures. Of course, given the number of high quality players eligible in the early voting, the 5% rule would not have made sense initially. But it does illustrate that the writers' ballot is much less forgiving for modern players.
Next, let's use Win Shares to evaluate past elections. First, we need to establish that a) Win Shares is a credible tool for this type of research and b) what is the rule of thumb as far as Win Shares for Hall of Famers? Is there a cutoff by which we can evaluate past elections? Let's see:
Here is table of various career Win Share ranges with the number of eligible players as well as Hallinducted players in the range. That is also represented as a percentage of eligible players inducted with the difference in percentage from one range to the next. Note that the ranges end at 150 since no one with fewer than 150 career Win Shares has ever been elected to the Hall (Tommy McCarthy, 170, is the lowest). Also, HallofFamer Addie Joss (191 career Win Shares) is not included in this table since he technically is ineligible for the Hall having played only 9 seasons:
Win Shares  Inducted  Eligible  %  Diff 
700+  2  2  100.00%  
650699  1  1  100.00%  0.00% 
600649  5  5  100.00%  0.00% 
550599  4  4  100.00%  0.00% 
500549  4  5  80.00%  20.00% 
450499  7  7  100.00%  20.00% 
400449  16  16  100.00%  0.00% 
350399  35  41  85.37%  14.63% 
300349  38  70  54.29%  31.08% 
250299  41  121  33.88%  20.40% 
200249  28  199  14.07%  19.81% 
150199  9  199  4.52%  9.55% 
 190  670  28.36%  
I would say that career Win Shares is a pretty good predictor of Hall of Famers. 39 of the 40 "eligible" players over 400 career WS are in the Hall. (The one person who is eligible in terms of eligibility years but is not in the Hall is Pete Rose, 547 WS, but he's ineligible for some other reason that escapes me just now. There are also four players who have not yet been eligible for the writers' ballot, but should be nobrainers: Ripken, Bonds, Henderson, and Molitor.)
For each range from 400 career Win Shares down to 150, the percent of Hall of Famers drops by about 20% per rung until it's zero for those under 150. There are six eligible players in the 350399 range who have not yet been elected (Tony Mullane, 399; Bill Dahlen, 394; Darrell Evans, 363; Rusty Staub, 358; Sherry Magee, 354; and Lou Whitaker, 351), though s few may still go in. (Gwynn, Boggs, Raines, and Clemens are also in this range but are not yet eligble.)
The next group (300349) seems to be where voters become uncertain about the player's Hall worthiness and is therefore, the source of most of the Hall voting controversy. Only slightly 50% of the eligible players in this group have ended up getting elected, though many are still active on the writers' ballot. Players of note are Ryne Sandberg, Dick Allen, Andre Dawson, Bert Blyleven, Dave Parker, Ron Santo, Alan Trammell, Joe Torre, Ted Simmons, Willie Randolph, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Evans, and Bobby Grich. Though there are an odd George Van Haltren or Tommy Leach thrown in, most of the players not in the Hall from this range are from the Sixties until the present. They best represent the chasm between what had previously been the de facto standard for a Hall of Famer and what is the standard today.
From 300 Win Shares down, Hall voters get extremely picky. I think that Win Shares does represent a reasonable means to evaluate Hall voting and that 300 Win Shares can be used as an historic threshold for that evaluation. Sure, there are plenty of qualified players with fewer than 300 Win Shares—Sandy Koufax merits just 194 for his career. However, almost all of the controversial selections are below 300 Win Shares. Koufax is and should be the exception rather than the rule. His truly was an exceptional career.
To further illustrate this point, here is a table of the average career Win Shares for each election class and the cumulative average as of that election year:
Inducted  #  Avg WS  Grand #  Avg WS  Change 
1936  5  623.80  5  623.80  
1937  3  586.67  8  609.88  13.93 
1938  1  476.00  9  595.00  14.88 
1939  7  385.86  16  503.50  91.50 
1942  1  502.00  17  503.41  0.09 
1945  9  300.78  26  433.27  70.14 
1946  10  266.60  36  386.97  46.30 
1947  4  334.25  40  381.70  5.27 
1948  2  257.00  42  375.76  5.94 
1949  3  385.67  45  376.42  0.66 
1951  2  481.50  47  380.89  4.47 
1952  2  389.50  49  381.24  0.35 
1953  4  283.00  53  373.83  7.41 
1954  3  298.00  56  369.77  4.06 
1955  6  292.83  62  362.32  7.45 
1956  2  300.00  64  360.38  1.95 
1957  1  446.00  65  361.69  1.32 
1959  1  380.00  66  361.97  0.28 
1961  2  344.00  68  361.44  0.53 
1962  3  287.67  71  358.32  3.12 
1963  4  332.25  75  356.93  1.39 
1964  6  343.83  81  355.96  0.97 
1965  1  403.00  82  356.54  0.57 
1966  1  555.00  83  358.93  2.39 
1967  2  283.50  85  357.15  1.77 
1968  3  319.67  88  355.88  1.28 
1969  4  329.50  92  354.73  1.15 
1970  3  237.00  95  351.01  3.72 
1971  6  267.83  101  346.07  4.94 
1972  5  253.80  106  341.72  4.35 
1973  4  334.00  110  341.44  0.28 
1974  4  330.00  114  341.04  0.40 
1975  3  273.33  117  339.30  1.74 
1976  4  281.75  121  337.40  1.90 
1977  3  300.67  124  336.51  0.89 
1978  2  320.50  126  336.25  0.25 
1979  2  433.00  128  337.77  1.51 
1980  3  344.33  131  337.92  0.15 
1981  2  327.50  133  337.76  0.16 
1982  3  457.67  136  340.40  2.65 
1983  3  282.67  139  339.16  1.25 
1984  5  289.00  144  337.42  1.74 
1985  4  320.75  148  336.97  0.45 
1986  3  302.33  151  336.28  0.69 
1987  2  290.00  153  335.67  0.60 
1988  1  370.00  154  335.90  0.22 
1989  3  368.67  157  336.52  0.63 
1990  2  412.00  159  337.47  0.95 
1991  4  332.00  163  337.34  0.13 
1992  3  280.00  166  336.30  1.04 
1993  1  444.00  167  336.95  0.64 
1994  2  298.50  169  336.49  0.45 
1995  3  363.00  172  336.95  0.46 
1996  1  257.00  173  336.49  0.46 
1997  2  339.00  175  336.52  0.03 
1998  3  328.33  178  336.38  0.14 
1999  4  374.75  182  337.23  0.84 
2000  3  340.67  185  337.28  0.06 
2001  3  305.00  188  336.77  0.52 
2002  1  325.00  189  336.70  0.06 
2003  2  387.00  191  337.23  0.53 
The average Hall of Famer is in the mid330 Win Share range. Within ten years of the Hall's founding, the average Hall of Famer was very quickly approaching that figure (386.97 average as of 1946).
The average Hall of Famer had been over 500 Win Shares until 1942. If that were the "standard" today there would be just 19 men in the Hall. If it fell to 400, then there would be just 44 men in the Hall. The change came as what was a Hall of Famer was evolving. With the veterans' voluminous and highly questionable selections in the Forties, especially given the number of exceptional candidates still having to pay for their admission to the Hall, the career Win Share average for the Hall fell quickly. Unfortunately, instead of merely broadening the concept of a Hall of Famer to encompass a larger group (as of 2001 there were 172 players with at least 300 Win Shares), the vets haphazardly selected players, passing up many more deserving in the process. We are still dealing with their mess today.
Using 300 Win Shares as out standard, let's look at how men meeting this cutoff have fared in the voted historically. Here's a table of the percentage of eligible players who would be eventually inducted in the Hall as of the end of each decade as well as today and the first vote year, 1936.
Year  Inducted  Eligible  % 
1936  42  50  84.00% 
1940  46  54  85.19% 
1950  60  70  85.71% 
1960  63  73  86.30% 
1970  70  80  87.50% 
1980  81  93  87.10% 
1990  96  116  82.76% 
2000  109  144  75.69% 
2003  112  151  74.17% 
Note that 300 Win Shares have been a good predictor for Hallinducted since the outset, about 8587%. A few early players have been ignored (witness the 84%). The accuracy of the voting for 300+ candidates was improving until the early Eighties and since then the dropoff has been severe. Though more recent numbers are the most likely to change as new players are selected, at least 17 eligible players would have to be selected before the inducted percent for 300+ Win Share players got back above 85%.
To be continued…
Like School on Saturday, Part III
20040106 01:05
by Mike Carminati
So when we left off in our Hall of Fame study, we had found that the voting for the baseball writers had been more and more concentrated in firstballot candidates and that the veterans had become gluttons on players who retired in the Thirties and had been progressively ignoring each decade thereafter. Now, I would like to study a few aspects of the Hall voting.
Specifically, I wonder if the 75% threshold that is used to determine whether or not candidates on the baseball writers’ ballots are enshrined is actually significant. Has there ever been a mature candidate (i.e., not first eligible in just the last few years) who received, say, 50% of the vote and yet failed to get in in subsequent elections? How about 25%? What is the highest percentage that a candidate received and yet still failed to garner enough votes down the road? Is there a lowest percentile threshold, like 50% or 25%, that can be used to determine which candidates today will eventually get in? Do these percentiles differ between the players elected by the baseball writers and those elected by the veterans (I would suspect so)? Have they changed over time? Have players been elected by the veterans who would have been dropped by the current 5% rule in the baseball writers’ vote?
Also, I would like to use a tool to evaluate players as a means to grade the elections of the past. That tool will be Win Shares, which I am aware has certain eccentricities but I feel is the best tool to evaluate all players from all positions across all eras. Do the voters actually pick the best players aside from an odd Tommy McCarthy or a Ross Youngs? Who does better, the writers or the vets? Have they changed over time? Have the best players from the past been elected, thereby justifying the writers’ focusing almost solely on the new candidates every election? And if so, should the veterans’ committee be retired? What is the cutoff, in Win Shares, for what constitutes a Hall of Famer? How have the voters adhered to that cutoff over time?
First, let’s look at the 75% rule: Here are the only players to have received 50% of the vote and not yet gained beplaquement:
Year  Name  PCT 
1983  Gil Hodges  63.37% 
2003  Gil Hodges  61.73% 
1981  Gil Hodges  60.10% 
1976  Gil Hodges  60.05% 
1980  Gil Hodges  59.74% 
1978  Gil Hodges  59.63% 
2003  Tony Oliva  59.26% 
1977  Gil Hodges  58.49% 
2001  Jim Rice  57.86% 
1973  Gil Hodges  57.37% 
2003  Ron Santo  56.79% 
1979  Gil Hodges  56.02% 
2002  Jim Rice  55.08% 
1974  Gil Hodges  54.25% 
2003  Bruce Sutter  53.63% 
2003  Jim Rice  52.22% 
1975  Gil Hodges  51.93% 
2000  Jim Rice  51.50% 
2002  Bruce Sutter  50.42% 
1971  Gil Hodges  50.00% 
2003  Andre Dawson  50.00% 
So, basically there are a handful of candidates still on the writers’ ballot today and a few from last year’s veterans’ ballot. The only one who received 50% from the writers and is no longer on their ballot is Gil Hodges. Just because you’re paranoid, Gil, doesn’t mean that people aren’t against you. Hodges seems the most likely veterans’ choice, once they straighten themselves out. So don’t let’s cry for him yet, Argentina.
Let’s now focus on those players who have gotten into Cooperstown after getting at least 50% but not 75% of the vote in a prior election. How many years did they have to wait?:
Yr  Name  50% ballot  PCT  Elected  Elected ballot  Wait 
1936  Nap Lajoie  BBWAA  64.60%  1937  BBWAA  1 
1936  Tris Speaker  BBWAA  58.85%  1937  BBWAA  1 
1937  Pete Alexander  BBWAA  62.19%  1938  BBWAA  1 
1937  Eddie Collins  BBWAA  57.21%  1939  BBWAA  2 
1937  Willie Keeler  BBWAA  57.21%  1939  BBWAA  2 
1937  George Sisler  BBWAA  52.74%  1939  BBWAA  2 
1938  Frank Chance  BBWAA  50.76%  1946  Old Timers  8 
1938  Eddie Collins  BBWAA  66.79%  1939  BBWAA  1 
1938  Ed Delahanty  BBWAA  50.38%  1945  Old Timers  7 
1938  Willie Keeler  BBWAA  67.56%  1939  BBWAA  1 
1938  George Sisler  BBWAA  68.32%  1939  BBWAA  1 
1938  Rube Waddell  BBWAA  56.49%  1946  Old Timers  8 
1939  Frank Chance  BBWAA  57.66%  1946  Old Timers  7 
1939  Ed Delahanty  BBWAA  52.92%  1945  Old Timers  6 
1939  Rogers Hornsby  BBWAA  64.23%  1942  BBWAA  3 
1939  Rube Waddell  BBWAA  65.33%  1946  Old Timers  7 
1942  Frank Chance  BBWAA  58.37%  1946  Old Timers  4 
1942  Rube Waddell  BBWAA  54.08%  1946  Old Timers  4 
1945  Roger Bresnahan  BBWAA  53.85%  1945  Old Timers  0 
1945  Frank Chance  BBWAA  72.47%  1946  Old Timers  1 
1945  Mickey Cochrane  BBWAA  50.61%  1947  BBWAA  2 
1945  Johnny Evers  BBWAA  54.25%  1946  Old Timers  1 
1945  Miller Huggins  BBWAA  53.85%  1964  Veterans  19 
1945  Rube Waddell  BBWAA  62.35%  1946  Old Timers  1 
1945  Ed Walsh  BBWAA  55.47%  1946  Old Timers  1 
1946  Frank Chance  Nominating  54.75%  1946  Old Timers  0 
1946  Frank Chance  BBWAA  74.26%  1946  Old Timers  0 
1946  Johnny Evers  Nominating  54.46%  1946  Old Timers  0 
1946  Miller Huggins  Nominating  52.48%  1964  Veterans  18 
1946  Ed Walsh  Nominating  52.48%  1946  Old Timers  0 
1947  Dizzy Dean  BBWAA  54.66%  1953  BBWAA  6 
1947  Charlie Gehringer  BBWAA  65.22%  1949  Run Off  2 
1947  Rabbit Maranville  BBWAA  56.52%  1954  BBWAA  7 
1947  Herb Pennock  BBWAA  53.42%  1948  BBWAA  1 
1947  Pie Traynor  BBWAA  73.91%  1948  BBWAA  1 
1949  Dizzy Dean  BBWAA  57.52%  1953  BBWAA  4 
1949  Jimmie Foxx  BBWAA  55.56%  1951  BBWAA  2 
1949  Charlie Gehringer  BBWAA  66.67%  1949  Run Off  0 
1949  Mel Ott  BBWAA  61.44%  1951  BBWAA  2 
1949  Mel Ott  BBWAA  68.45%  1951  BBWAA  2 
1949  Al Simmons  BBWAA  58.17%  1953  BBWAA  4 
1949  Bill Terry  Run Off  52.94%  1954  BBWAA  5 
1950  Dizzy Dean  BBWAA  50.60%  1953  BBWAA  3 
1950  Jimmie Foxx  BBWAA  61.31%  1951  BBWAA  1 
1950  Harry Heilmann  BBWAA  51.79%  1952  BBWAA  2 
1950  Mel Ott  BBWAA  68.45%  1951  BBWAA  1 
1950  Al Simmons  BBWAA  53.57%  1953  BBWAA  3 
1950  Bill Terry  BBWAA  62.50%  1954  BBWAA  4 
1950  Paul Waner  BBWAA  56.55%  1952  BBWAA  2 
1951  Dizzy Dean  BBWAA  64.16%  1953  BBWAA  2 
1951  Bill Dickey  BBWAA  52.21%  1954  BBWAA  3 
1951  Harry Heilmann  BBWAA  67.70%  1952  BBWAA  1 
1951  Al Simmons  BBWAA  51.33%  1953  BBWAA  2 
1951  Bill Terry  BBWAA  65.49%  1954  BBWAA  3 
1951  Paul Waner  BBWAA  71.68%  1952  BBWAA  1 
1952  Dizzy Dean  BBWAA  64.96%  1953  BBWAA  1 
1952  Bill Dickey  BBWAA  59.40%  1954  BBWAA  2 
1952  Rabbit Maranville  BBWAA  56.84%  1954  BBWAA  2 
1952  Al Simmons  BBWAA  60.26%  1953  BBWAA  1 
1952  Bill Terry  BBWAA  66.24%  1954  BBWAA  2 
1953  Bill Dickey  BBWAA  67.80%  1954  BBWAA  1 
1953  Ted Lyons  BBWAA  52.65%  1955  BBWAA  2 
1953  Rabbit Maranville  BBWAA  62.12%  1954  BBWAA  1 
1953  Bill Terry  BBWAA  72.35%  1954  BBWAA  1 
1953  Dazzy Vance  BBWAA  56.82%  1955  BBWAA  2 
1954  Joe DiMaggio  BBWAA  69.44%  1955  BBWAA  1 
1954  Gabby Hartnett  BBWAA  59.92%  1955  BBWAA  1 
1954  Ted Lyons  BBWAA  67.46%  1955  BBWAA  1 
1954  Dazzy Vance  BBWAA  62.70%  1955  BBWAA  1 
1955  Joe Cronin  BBWAA  53.78%  1956  BBWAA  1 
1955  Hank Greenberg  BBWAA  62.55%  1956  BBWAA  1 
1958  Max Carey  BBWAA  51.13%  1961  Veterans  3 
1960  Sam Rice  BBWAA  53.16%  1963  Veterans  3 
1960  Eppa Rixey  BBWAA  52.79%  1963  Veterans  3 
1960  Edd Roush  BBWAA  54.28%  1962  Veterans  2 
1962  Sam Rice  BBWAA  50.63%  1963  Veterans  1 
1964  Luke Appling  BBWAA  70.65%  1964  Run Off  0 
1964  Roy Campanella  Run Off  61.33%  1969  BBWAA  5 
1964  Roy Campanella  BBWAA  68.66%  1969  BBWAA  5 
1964  Joe Medwick  BBWAA  53.73%  1968  BBWAA  4 
1964  Joe Medwick  Run Off  57.78%  1968  BBWAA  4 
1964  Red Ruffing  BBWAA  70.15%  1967  Run Off  3 
1964  Red Ruffing  Run Off  81.78%  1967  Run Off  3 
1966  Roy Campanella  BBWAA  65.23%  1969  BBWAA  3 
1966  Joe Medwick  BBWAA  61.92%  1968  BBWAA  2 
1967  Roy Campanella  BBWAA  55.56%  1969  BBWAA  2 
1967  Roy Campanella  Run Off  69.86%  1969  BBWAA  2 
1967  Joe Medwick  BBWAA  72.60%  1968  BBWAA  1 
1967  Joe Medwick  Run Off  81.05%  1968  BBWAA  1 
1967  Red Ruffing  BBWAA  72.60%  1967  Run Off  0 
1968  Lou Boudreau  BBWAA  51.59%  1970  BBWAA  2 
1968  Roy Campanella  BBWAA  72.44%  1969  BBWAA  1 
1969  Lou Boudreau  BBWAA  64.12%  1970  BBWAA  1 
1970  Ralph Kiner  BBWAA  55.67%  1975  BBWAA  5 
1971  Yogi Berra  BBWAA  67.22%  1972  BBWAA  1 
1971  Ralph Kiner  BBWAA  58.89%  1975  BBWAA  4 
1971  Early Wynn  BBWAA  66.67%  1972  BBWAA  1 
1972  Ralph Kiner  BBWAA  59.34%  1975  BBWAA  3 
1973  Whitey Ford  BBWAA  67.11%  1974  BBWAA  1 
1973  Ralph Kiner  BBWAA  61.84%  1975  BBWAA  2 
1973  Robin Roberts  BBWAA  56.05%  1976  BBWAA  3 
1974  Ralph Kiner  BBWAA  58.90%  1975  BBWAA  1 
1974  Bob Lemon  BBWAA  52.05%  1976  BBWAA  2 
1974  Robin Roberts  BBWAA  61.37%  1976  BBWAA  2 
1975  Bob Lemon  BBWAA  64.36%  1976  BBWAA  1 
1975  Robin Roberts  BBWAA  72.65%  1976  BBWAA  1 
1976  Enos Slaughter  BBWAA  50.77%  1985  Veterans  9 
1977  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  51.44%  1984  BBWAA  7 
1977  Eddie Mathews  BBWAA  62.40%  1978  BBWAA  1 
1977  Enos Slaughter  BBWAA  57.96%  1985  Veterans  8 
1977  Duke Snider  BBWAA  55.35%  1980  BBWAA  3 
1978  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  57.78%  1984  BBWAA  6 
1978  Enos Slaughter  BBWAA  68.87%  1985  Veterans  7 
1978  Duke Snider  BBWAA  67.02%  1980  BBWAA  2 
1979  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  53.94%  1984  BBWAA  5 
1979  Enos Slaughter  BBWAA  68.75%  1985  Veterans  6 
1979  Duke Snider  BBWAA  71.30%  1980  BBWAA  1 
1980  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  61.82%  1984  BBWAA  4 
1980  Hoyt Wilhelm  BBWAA  54.29%  1985  BBWAA  5 
1981  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  60.60%  1984  BBWAA  3 
1981  Harmon Killebrew  BBWAA  59.60%  1984  BBWAA  3 
1981  Juan Marichal  BBWAA  58.10%  1983  BBWAA  2 
1981  Hoyt Wilhelm  BBWAA  59.35%  1985  BBWAA  4 
1982  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  56.14%  1984  BBWAA  2 
1982  Harmon Killebrew  BBWAA  59.28%  1984  BBWAA  2 
1982  Juan Marichal  BBWAA  73.49%  1983  BBWAA  1 
1982  Hoyt Wilhelm  BBWAA  56.87%  1985  BBWAA  3 
1983  Luis Aparicio  BBWAA  67.38%  1984  BBWAA  1 
1983  Don Drysdale  BBWAA  64.71%  1984  BBWAA  1 
1983  Harmon Killebrew  BBWAA  71.93%  1984  BBWAA  1 
1983  Hoyt Wilhelm  BBWAA  64.97%  1985  BBWAA  2 
1984  Nellie Fox  BBWAA  61.04%  1997  Veterans  13 
1984  Hoyt Wilhelm  BBWAA  71.96%  1985  BBWAA  1 
1984  Billy Williams  BBWAA  50.12%  1987  BBWAA  3 
1985  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  54.18%  1996  Veterans  11 
1985  Nellie Fox  BBWAA  74.68%  1997  Veterans  12 
1985  Catfish Hunter  BBWAA  53.67%  1987  BBWAA  2 
1985  Billy Williams  BBWAA  63.80%  1987  BBWAA  2 
1986  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  65.65%  1996  Veterans  10 
1986  Catfish Hunter  BBWAA  68.00%  1987  BBWAA  1 
1986  Billy Williams  BBWAA  74.12%  1987  BBWAA  1 
1987  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  69.98%  1996  Veterans  9 
1988  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  74.24%  1996  Veterans  8 
1989  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  63.31%  1996  Veterans  7 
1989  Fergie Jenkins  BBWAA  52.35%  1991  BBWAA  2 
1989  Gaylord Perry  BBWAA  68.01%  1991  BBWAA  2 
1990  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  57.88%  1996  Veterans  6 
1990  Fergie Jenkins  BBWAA  66.67%  1991  BBWAA  1 
1990  Gaylord Perry  BBWAA  72.07%  1991  BBWAA  1 
1991  Jim Bunning  BBWAA  63.66%  1996  Veterans  5 
1991  Rollie Fingers  BBWAA  65.69%  1992  BBWAA  1 
1992  Orlando Cepeda  BBWAA  57.21%  1999  Veterans  7 
1992  Tony Perez  BBWAA  50.00%  2000  BBWAA  8 
1993  Orlando Cepeda  BBWAA  59.57%  1999  Veterans  6 
1993  Phil Niekro  BBWAA  65.72%  1997  BBWAA  4 
1993  Tony Perez  BBWAA  55.08%  2000  BBWAA  7 
1994  Orlando Cepeda  BBWAA  73.63%  1999  Veterans  5 
1994  Phil Niekro  BBWAA  60.00%  1997  BBWAA  3 
1994  Tony Perez  BBWAA  57.80%  2000  BBWAA  6 
1994  Don Sutton  BBWAA  56.92%  1998  BBWAA  4 
1995  Phil Niekro  BBWAA  62.17%  1997  BBWAA  2 
1995  Tony Perez  BBWAA  56.30%  2000  BBWAA  5 
1995  Don Sutton  BBWAA  57.39%  1998  BBWAA  3 
1996  Phil Niekro  BBWAA  68.30%  1997  BBWAA  1 
1996  Tony Perez  BBWAA  65.74%  2000  BBWAA  4 
1996  Don Sutton  BBWAA  63.83%  1998  BBWAA  2 
1997  Tony Perez  BBWAA  65.96%  2000  BBWAA  3 
1997  Don Sutton  BBWAA  73.15%  1998  BBWAA  1 
1998  Tony Perez  BBWAA  67.86%  2000  BBWAA  2 
1999  Carlton Fisk  BBWAA  66.40%  2000  BBWAA  1 
1999  Tony Perez  BBWAA  60.76%  2000  BBWAA  1 
2001  Gary Carter  BBWAA  64.85%  2003  BBWAA  2 
2002  Gary Carter  BBWAA  72.67%  2003  BBWAA  1 
No one’s ever had to wait as long as Hodges (Huggins waited 19 years but got in as a manager). I have a feeling that Hodges is stuck between a rock and a hard place as both the writers and the veterans became more stingy with their love for, shall we say, more mature candidates.
Anyway, it does appear that if 50% of the writers vote for a candidate, he has an excellent chance of one day getting chosen, or at least that was the case in the past. We’ll have to see about Rice, Sutter, and Dawson, who do have OK support on the writers’ ballot.
Let’s also check out 25% while we here. To quote John Winger as he told Dexey Oxburger when he refused to continue a mudwrestling match, “You’re already dirty.” Here are the players who received 25% but not 50% of the vote and yet failed to get elected. It’s not nearly as promising as the 50% list:
Yr  Name  PCT 
1982  Gil Hodges  49.40% 
2003  Ryne Sandberg  49.19% 
1970  Gil Hodges  48.33% 
2001  Bruce Sutter  47.57% 
1988  Tony Oliva  47.31% 
2002  Andre Dawson  45.34% 
2001  Rich Gossage  44.27% 
1998  Ron Santo  43.13% 
1988  Roger Maris  43.09% 
2002  Rich Gossage  43.01% 
1998  Jim Rice  42.92% 
1987  Roger Maris  42.62% 
1995  Steve Garvey  42.61% 
2003  Lee Smith  42.34% 
2003  Rich Gossage  42.14% 
1986  Roger Maris  41.65% 
1993  Steve Garvey  41.61% 
1998  Steve Garvey  41.23% 
1992  Tony Oliva  40.70% 
1972  Gil Hodges  40.66% 
1981  Maury Wills  40.65% 
1970  Marty Marion  40.00% 
1988  Harvey Kuenn  39.34% 
1997  Ron Santo  39.32% 
1987  Tony Oliva  38.74% 
2000  Bruce Sutter  38.48% 
1979  Maury Wills  38.43% 
1980  Maury Wills  37.92% 
1997  Jim Rice  37.63% 
1996  Steve Garvey  37.23% 
1993  Tony Oliva  37.12% 
1996  Ron Santo  37.02% 
1993  Ron Santo  36.64% 
1994  Steve Garvey  36.48% 
1986  Tony Oliva  36.24% 
1996  Tony Oliva  36.17% 
1991  Tony Oliva  36.12% 
1955  Hank Gowdy  35.86% 
2003  Joe Torre  35.80% 
1975  Phil Cavarretta  35.64% 
1996  Jim Rice  35.32% 
1997  Steve Garvey  35.31% 
1987  Harvey Kuenn  34.87% 
1994  Tony Oliva  34.73% 
2001  Steve Garvey  34.17% 
1971  Marty Marion  34.17% 
1975  Johnny Sain  33.98% 
1986  Harvey Kuenn  33.88% 
1968  Allie Reynolds  33.57% 
1973  Marty Marion  33.42% 
2000  Rich Gossage  33.27% 
1994  Ron Santo  32.97% 
1969  Marty Marion  32.94% 
1985  Roger Maris  32.41% 
1995  Tony Oliva  32.39% 
2000  Steve Garvey  32.06% 
1990  Tony Oliva  31.98% 
1985  Harvey Kuenn  31.65% 
1992  Ron Santo  31.63% 
1968  Marty Marion  31.45% 
1998  Bruce Sutter  31.08% 
1988  Luis Tiant  30.91% 
1967  Marty Marion  30.82% 
1984  Tony Oliva  30.77% 
1971  Allie Reynolds  30.56% 
1978  Maury Wills  30.34% 
1972  Marty Marion  30.30% 
1995  Ron Santo  30.22% 
1989  Tony Oliva  30.20% 
1999  Steve Garvey  30.18% 
1967  Johnny Vander Meer  29.79% 
1995  Jim Rice  29.78% 
1995  Bruce Sutter  29.78% 
1988  Maury Wills  29.74% 
1970  Allie Reynolds  29.67% 
2003  Maury Wills  29.63% 
1993  Jim Kaat  29.55% 
1979  Roger Maris  29.40% 
1999  Jim Rice  29.38% 
1970  Johnny Vander Meer  29.33% 
2003  Bert Blyleven  29.23% 
1986  Maury Wills  29.18% 
1996  Bruce Sutter  29.15% 
1985  Tony Oliva  28.86% 
1980  Roger Maris  28.83% 
1969  Allie Reynolds  28.82% 
1969  Joe Gordon  28.53% 
1966  Marty Marion  28.48% 
2002  Steve Garvey  28.39% 
2001  Tommy John  28.35% 
2001  Don Mattingly  28.16% 
1969  Johnny Vander Meer  27.94% 
1968  Johnny Vander Meer  27.92% 
2003  Steve Garvey  27.82% 
1974  Allie Reynolds  27.67% 
1997  Bruce Sutter  27.48% 
1987  Maury Wills  27.36% 
1971  Johnny Vander Meer  27.22% 
1968  Joe Gordon  27.21% 
2000  Tommy John  27.05% 
2001  Jim Kaat  26.99% 
2002  Tommy John  26.91% 
1984  Roger Maris  26.55% 
1972  Allie Reynolds  26.52% 
1992  Jim Kaat  26.51% 
1967  Allie Reynolds  26.37% 
1970  Joe Gordon  26.33% 
1984  Harvey Kuenn  26.30% 
2002  Bert Blyleven  26.27% 
2003  Jim Kaat  26.21% 
1991  Ron Santo  26.19% 
2003  Vada Pinson  25.93% 
1984  Maury Wills  25.81% 
1989  Harvey Kuenn  25.73% 
1992  Maury Wills  25.58% 
1988  Ken Boyer  25.53% 
1988  Mickey Lolich  25.53% 
1956  Hank Gowdy  25.39% 
1964  Mel Harder  25.37% 
1964  Johnny Vander Meer  25.37% 
1988  Ron Santo  25.29% 
2000  Jim Kaat  25.05% 
OK, so do the veterans look for the strongest candidates among the writers’ votes, those that got strong support but somehow fell through the cracks? Let’s look at the writers’ voting percentage, high and low, for the veterans’ selections:
Inducted  voted by  Name  Low  High 
1978  Veterans  Addie Joss  0.37%  14.16% 
1977  Veterans  Amos Rusie  0.40%  3.05% 
1985  Veterans  Arky Vaughan  0.38%  28.98% 
2000  Veterans  Bid McPhee  0.00%  0.00% 
2001  Veterans  Bill Mazeroski  6.07%  42.33% 
1961  Veterans  Billy Hamilton  0.43%  0.43% 
1975  Veterans  Billy Herman  0.83%  20.21% 
1986  Veterans  Bobby Doerr  0.76%  25.00% 
1953  Veterans  Bobby Wallace  0.50%  2.67% 
1939  Old Timers  Buck Ewing  0.73%  0.73% 
1964  Veterans  Burleigh Grimes  0.36%  34.20% 
1939  Old Timers  Cap Anson  0.00%  0.00% 
1939  Old Timers  Charley Radbourn  0.00%  0.00% 
1971  Veterans  Chick Hafey  0.43%  10.78% 
1953  Veterans  Chief Bender  0.88%  44.72% 
1980  Veterans  Chuck Klein  2.48%  27.86% 
1945  Old Timers  Dan Brouthers  0.00%  0.00% 
1971  Veterans  Dave Bancroft  0.36%  16.17% 
1975  Veterans  Earl Averill  0.65%  5.26% 
1970  Veterans  Earle Combs  0.40%  15.99% 
1945  Old Timers  Ed Delahanty  7.52%  52.92% 
1946  Old Timers  Ed Walsh  8.85%  55.47% 
1962  Veterans  Edd Roush  0.43%  54.28% 
1946  Old Timers  Eddie Plank  10.22%  27.04% 
1963  Veterans  Elmer Flick  0.38%  0.38% 
1985  Veterans  Enos Slaughter  15.69%  68.87% 
1963  Veterans  Eppa Rixey  0.40%  52.79% 
1986  Veterans  Ernie Lombardi  1.33%  16.42% 
1955  Veterans  Frank Baker  0.44%  30.43% 
1946  Old Timers  Frank Chance  2.21%  74.26% 
1945  Old Timers  Fred Clarke  0.44%  24.89% 
1976  Veterans  Freddie Lindstrom  0.65%  4.38% 
1998  Veterans  George Davis  0.00%  0.00% 
1983  Veterans  George Kell  3.56%  36.81% 
1973  Veterans  George Kelly  0.62%  1.86% 
1968  Veterans  Goose Goslin  0.40%  13.47% 
1979  Veterans  Hack Wilson  0.36%  38.34% 
1992  Veterans  Hal Newhouser  1.33%  42.82% 
1971  Veterans  Harry Hooper  1.19%  2.99% 
1964  Veterans  Heinie Manush  0.65%  9.38% 
1945  Old Timers  Hugh Duffy  3.48%  33.05% 
1945  Old Timers  Hughie Jennings  1.99%  37.25% 
1946  Old Timers  Jack Chesbro  0.38%  2.19% 
1971  Veterans  Jake Beckley  0.43%  0.43% 
1946  Old Timers  Jesse Burkett  0.50%  1.72% 
1970  Veterans  Jesse Haines  0.36%  8.27% 
1974  Veterans  Jim Bottomley  2.65%  33.09% 
1996  Veterans  Jim Bunning  33.25%  74.24% 
1945  Old Timers  Jim O'Rourke  0.00%  0.00% 
1945  Old Timers  Jimmy Collins  25.66%  48.99% 
1971  Veterans  Joe Kelley  0.36%  0.43% 
1946  Old Timers  Joe McGinnity  5.97%  25.32% 
1977  Veterans  Joe Sewell  0.38%  8.55% 
1946  Old Timers  Joe Tinker  4.38%  22.28% 
1963  Veterans  John Clarkson  0.38%  0.38% 
1964  Veterans  John Ward  0.00%  0.00% 
1946  Old Timers  Johnny Evers  2.65%  54.46% 
1981  Veterans  Johnny Mize  4.58%  43.61% 
1949  Old Timers  Kid Nichols  0.38%  2.55% 
1968  Veterans  Kiki Cuyler  2.48%  33.83% 
1945  Old Timers  King Kelly  0.00%  0.00% 
1998  Veterans  Larry Doby  0.33%  3.42% 
1972  Veterans  Lefty Gomez  0.62%  46.11% 
1967  Veterans  Lloyd Waner  0.44%  23.38% 
1939  Special El  Lou Gehrig  22.57%  22.57% 
1961  Veterans  Max Carey  0.40%  51.13% 
1973  Veterans  Mickey Welch  0.00%  0.00% 
1949  Old Timers  Mordecai Brown  2.65%  27.04% 
1997  Veterans  Nellie Fox  10.83%  74.68% 
1999  Veterans  Orlando Cepeda  10.12%  73.63% 
1984  Veterans  Pee Wee Reese  5.23%  47.94% 
1994  Veterans  Phil Rizzuto  0.52%  38.40% 
1965  Veterans  Pud Galvin  0.00%  0.00% 
1955  Veterans  Ray Schalk  1.77%  45.02% 
1964  Veterans  Red Faber  0.38%  30.86% 
1989  Veterans  Red Schoendienst  19.12%  42.60% 
1995  Veterans  Richie Ashburn  2.12%  41.69% 
1984  Veterans  Rick Ferrell  0.37%  0.52% 
1945  Old Timers  Roger Bresnahan  20.80%  53.85% 
1976  Veterans  Roger Connor  0.00%  0.00% 
1972  Veterans  Ross Youngs  4.42%  22.36% 
1971  Veterans  Rube Marquard  0.44%  13.94% 
1946  Old Timers  Rube Waddell  14.60%  65.33% 
1957  Veterans  Sam Crawford  0.44%  4.20% 
1963  Veterans  Sam Rice  0.38%  53.16% 
1974  Veterans  Sam Thompson  0.00%  0.00% 
1969  Veterans  Stan Coveleski  0.38%  12.78% 
1964  Veterans  Tim Keefe  0.00%  0.00% 
1946  Old Timers  Tommy McCarthy  0.00%  0.00% 
1991  Veterans  Tony Lazzeri  0.40%  33.16% 
1982  Veterans  Travis Jackson  0.40%  7.25% 
1995  Veterans  Vic Willis  0.00%  0.00% 
1969  Veterans  Waite Hoyt  0.36%  19.17% 
1959  Veterans  Zack Wheat  0.81%  22.98% 
Avg (>0)    3.59%  27.95% 
Well, it doesn’t seem as if the vets are swayed much by the writers. However, perhaps that has changed over time. Let’s take a look at the totals by decades based on retirement year:
Decade  Count  Low  High 
1890s  12  0.49%  4.72% 
1900s  15  3.06%  12.26% 
1910s  14  2.37%  25.85% 
1920s  9  2.49%  34.22% 
1930s  21  1.67%  19.95% 
1940s  8  0.89%  21.09% 
1950s  8  4.00%  38.36% 
1960s  3  10.69%  52.99% 
1970s  4  17.56%  61.01% 
Total  94  3.02%  23.49% 
It seems that the veterans are starting to listen to the writers more, but then again they are getting pickier as well. It did take them some time after the Thirties glut to get more in tune with the writers, too.
Let’s also look at the progression of the veterans’ choices when they were still in the hands of the writers:
Eligibility  #  Avg PCT 
1st yr  79  14.04% 
2nd yr  57  9.97% 
3rd yr  57  12.81% 
4th yr  40  17.01% 
5th yr  22  13.91% 
6th yr  31  14.68% 
7th yr  37  22.45% 
8th yr  27  17.04% 
9th yr  39  17.17% 
10th yr  46  23.50% 
11th yr  48  25.39% 
12th yr  43  18.90% 
13th yr  38  19.59% 
14th yr  38  19.38% 
15th yr  38  16.00% 
16th yr  24  10.82% 
17th yr  23  11.67% 
18th yr  21  13.69% 
19th yr  17  15.86% 
20th yr  18  19.04% 
21st yr  5  28.40% 
22nd yr  10  19.83% 
23rd yr  2  47.63% 
24th yr  10  19.38% 
25th yr  2  52.45% 
26th yr  5  20.88% 
To be continued…
Rose Pathos
20040104 00:20
by Mike Carminati
In my own boorish way, I'm only suggesting that if you two gentlemen continue to work from a script with cues and stage directions, these procedings take on all the dignity of very bad Gilbert & Sullivan.
"Jim" Edmond O'Brien in the staggeringly overlooked film Seven Days in May, written by "A"Rod Serling.
So word has it that Pete Rose in his new book, and what a masterpiece that must be (masterpiece of what?), will confess to betting on baseball.
"Shocking! Horrors! Cats and dogs sleeping together!" You say?
My response is more like, "Big deal." As I have said many times (just search on the right for "Pete Rose"), it doesn't matter if Rose bet on baseball. Betting on baseball carries a oneyear suspension, a sentence Rose is on his 15th year of serving (even though baseball signed an agreement with him that states they couldn't, or more accurately, wouldn't, find that he bet on the game).
Now, if Rose admits that he bet on the Reds that would be earthshattering. It would also be monumentally stupid since it would be the first piece of credible evidence against him on the matter. Betting on one's own team, for or against, carries a deserved lifetime ban.
So, Rose's book will come out, it will be scandalous for a short time, and eventually baseball will forgive and forget. Probably in time for next year's Hall of Fame elections. Rose and Selig really know how to hit their marks. Basically, the only worthwhile thing to come of it will be to clear Baseball Prospectus, who published the story last year and drew Selig's ire.