This time we’ll get it right. This is the 28th poll to survey the BBF scholars as to who really deserves to be in the Hall of Fame from the game’s “Golden Age” 70 to 100 years ago. From the list of players provided, vote for exactly three players that you think most deserve to stand among the greats. For more background and links to all elections go here: Hall of Fame Cleanup – Who Really Belongs? Polls stay open about a month so if you've just discovered this project, go back and vote in the earlier polls.
The average number of players per year in the Hall born from 1880-1940 is 2.6. There are 92 players in the Hall born between 1884 and 1911, when there “should” be only 73. The most intense period is from 1898-1903, with 30 HOF players born in those six years. Many of our “favorites” are from that brief span: Kiki Cuyler, Waite Hoyt, Earle Combs, Hack Wilson, Jim Bottomley, Heinie Manush, Travis Jackson, Chick Hafey and Tony Lazzeri, to name a few.
So this project is mainly about identifying those 19 extra players inhabiting the Hall’s player rolls. And it may be more than 19; there are also a few overlooked stars that we may choose ahead of the marginal players in the Hall, such as Sherry Magee, Stan Hack, Heinie Groh, Joe Jackson, Dick Redding, John Beckwith, and a few other Negro leaguers.
We will judge players using the Hall’s stated criteria: “Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.” However, that doesn’t mean we are required to interpret this in the same way as the Hall voters did. We will apply it from a modern outlook, comparing players using sophisticated statistical analysis and viewing players from the historical perspective we’ve gained. Try to avoid voting for players based on fame, name recognition and cherished assumptions; do a little research. We are looking to avoid the mistakes made by the HOF voters.
So study the candidates and choose the three (3) players here who, in your judgment, most deserve to be with the immortals in the HOF. Remember, a player must finish “in the money” in two polls in order for him to be elected. We will again have a couple runoff polls at the end to fill up to our quota of 2.6 players per season.
A few notes on the stats below:
--For pitchers career WAR includes their offense.
--“4.0 Yrs” is the number of years a guy performed at an all-star level, at least 4 WAR. For pitchers it does not include offense.
--”WS” is career Win Shares from Bill James.
--”oHOFm” is the old Hall of Fame Monitor number from BB-Ref, where 70 signifies a candidate, 100 signifies a likely election and 130 signifies almost certain election.
Code:Player WAR Born PA/IP 4.0 Yrs WS oHOFm Hank Greenberg 57.6 1911 6097 7 267 188 Joe Medwick 55.5 1911 8143 7 312 201 Dixie Walker 42.5 1910 7670 4 278 82 Lonny Frey 38.8 1910 6402 4 208 23 Frank McCormick 34.7 1911 6206 3 202 86 Dizzy Dean 44.9 1910 1967.1 6 181 112 Schoolboy Rowe 43.5 1910 2219.1 5 180 64 Van Mungo 32.4 1911 2113.0 4 147 31 Connie Marrero 8.4 1911 735.1 0 44 4 ---Black Baseball--- Josh Gibson 1911 Sammy T. Hughes 1910 Buck O'Neil 1911