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    What Hall of Fame position player had the least amount of career official AT BATS

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    One might conjecture Ross Youngs.
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    Not Ross Youngs at 4627

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    One might conjecture Chick Hafey.
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    Buck Ewing?

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    Campanella?
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    Monte Irvin

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    If you are excluding them then Monte Irvin at 2499.
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    Willard Brown?

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    Frank Chance perhaps or Roger Bresnahan? Excludes the partial NeL guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ian2813 View Post
    Willard Brown?
    Probably him if you're including guys who spent most of their career in the Negro Leagues, although that's a bit of a cop out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdlinger View Post
    Probably him if you're including guys who spent most of their career in the Negro Leagues, although that's a bit of a cop out.
    Well, yeah, no one beats Josh Gibson. Position player, 0 AB. I'm guessing it's position player, chosen as MLB player, not manager or contributor, or Negro League player.

    I'm pretty sure Campy had the fewest games (unless it was Hafey. . . or Youngs, or somebody else) So I'll chime in with Campanella.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sliding Billy View Post
    Well, yeah, no one beats Josh Gibson. Position player, 0 AB. I'm guessing it's position player, chosen as MLB player, not manager or contributor, or Negro League player.

    I'm pretty sure Campy had the fewest games (unless it was Hafey). So I'll chime in with Campanella.
    I suppose Gibson's in a tie with a couple dozen other strictly NeLers.
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    And assuming 1903-2014 doesn't mean someone whose career took place largely in the 19th century but logged a few at bats in the modern era--like Orator Jim O'Rourke, with 4 at age 53.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdlinger View Post
    I suppose Gibson's in a tie with a couple dozen other strictly NeLers.
    I think that's just about exactly right. I count 26 players elected as Negro Leaguers, including Satchel Paige, Monte Irvin, and Willard Brown, who played in MLB. (Oops, didn't exclude pitchers.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    One might conjecture Chick Hafey.
    Hafey is close 4625

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdlinger View Post
    Campanella?
    Campenella is the guy according to the almanac I just was browsing through 4261, but it's apparent after reading PVNICK post that Monte Irvin seems to be the right answer. I'll have to buy a more accurate book.
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    Irvin popped to mind after I read the post stating Campanella. Irvin is more of a Negro League HOFer, even though he did have success in MLB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leagueleader View Post
    Campenella is the guy according to the almanac I just was browsing through 4261, but it's apparent after reading PVNICK post that Monte Irvin seems to be the right answer. I'll have to buy a more accurate book.
    Quote Originally Posted by PVNICK View Post
    Irvin popped to mind after I read the post stating Campanella. Irvin is more of a Negro League HOFer, even though he did have success in MLB.
    I'd agree that Irvin was elected more on the basis of his NeL career than his MLB career. His 8 years in the majors, while impressive, wouldn't have even got him on the ballot.
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