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    A five time 20-game winner and nine time 15-game winner, George Mullin played from 1902 to 1915, compiling a 228-196 record with a 2.82 ERA. He led the league in innings, games started and complete games in 1905 and wins and WL% in 1909. A workhorse, he was often in the top ten in innings pitched, games started and complete games. In fact, he ranks 55th, 88th and 25th in those categories, respectively.

    Mullin was a real stud in the postseason, posting a career ERA of 1.86.

    Not only was Mullin a good pitcher, he was also a solid hitter as well, posting a .262 lifetime batting average in 1531 at-bats. A two-way player, he appeared in 15 career games in positions other than pitcher, and he was used as a pinch-hitter 101 times in his career.

    Mullin has respectable grey ink of 145, and he is statistically similar to two HOF pitchers: Vic Willis and Red Faber.

    One knock against "Wabash George" is he had poor control, leading the league in walks four seasons in a row, from 1903 to 1906.

    Random trivia: He was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter for the Detroit Tigers.

    More random trivia: His 200th career win came against the great Walter Johnson.

    So, should George Mullin be in the Hall of Fame?
    Last edited by Cowtipper; 05-18-2008, 10:55 AM.

  • #2
    George Mullin is NOT a HOFer. He's a pretty good pitcher who was wild.

    He was done as a major league starter after 1911; his "comeback" season in 1914 was in the Federal League, and says more about the Federal League than about Mullin.
    "I do not care if half the league strikes. Those who do it will encounter quick retribution. All will be suspended and I don't care if it wrecks the National League for five years. This is the United States of America and one citizen has as much right to play as another. The National League will go down the line with Robinson whatever the consequences. You will find if you go through with your intention that you have been guilty of complete madness."

    NL President Ford Frick, 1947


    • #3
      Mullin may have walked a lot of guys, but he also played on some pretty bad teams. When his team was in contention, he posted some great numbers, including 29-8 one year.

      I'm not saying he's a HOFer, but he's not that far off. Put him on a better team and he may have ended up with 20-30 more wins which puts him into more serious HOF contention.


      • #4
        He only looks good in the same way Dave Stewart looks good.


        • #5
          Mullin is not among the top 18 candidates from the decade of the 1900's. He was a workhorse, kind of a poor man's Vic Willis. Jack Powell is a better candidate of that genre from that time.
          Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.

          Comprehensive Reform for the Veterans Committee -- Fixing the Hall continued.


          • #6
            His is not even a remote candidate for the HoF. Basically a league average pitcher.
            Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball


            • #7
              I don't think I'd put in a guy with a 101 ERA+ and a .538 winning percentage (even acknowledging carppy teammates).
              "The first draft of anything is crap." - Ernest Hemingway

              There's no such thing as an ultimate stat.


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