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    Catcher Duke Farrell spent 18 years in the big leagues, from 1888 to 1905, hitting .277 with 1,572 hits, 123 triples and 150 stolen bases. He led the league in home runs, RBI and AB/HR, 1891 catcher putouts once, catcher assists twice, caught stealing twice, caught stealing percentage once, and 3B fielding percentage once. He hit over 10 triples five years in a row and he even reached the ten home run mark twice in an era where that was no so common.

    From 1889 to 1899, he led all major leaguers who primarily played catcher in games, at bats, runs, hits, triples, RBI and walks and he was second in home runs.

    Statistically, he is similar to two Hall of Famers: Phil Rizzuto and Joe Tinker. He is also similar to Tom Daly, Jimmy Williams, Art Fletcher, Lou Bierbauer, Cristian Guzman, Deacon McGuire, Wally Schang and Billy Rogell. Through age 22, he was most similar to Hall of Famer Buck Ewing.

    He is currently ranked #839, right alongside another good catcher, Steve O'Neill.

    What do you think about Duke Farrell? Should he be in the Hall of Fame? Did he have Hall of Fame potential?
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    Not a Hall of Famer, but he had Hall of Fame potential
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  • #2
    He had a below-average ability to get on base (10 points under the league average).
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    • #3
      Notable catcher for his era. He had some potential and some staying power.

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      • #4
        If the general masses never heard of a guy, does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
        "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
          If the general masses never heard of a guy, does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
          Yes.
          Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice.

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

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
            If the general masses never heard of a guy, does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
            Had the general masses heard of George Davis?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
              Had the general masses heard of George Davis?
              Who? Kidding, I'm kidding, honest.

              If you change "potential" to "mustache," I will vote for that.

              Seriously, Duke had a long and eventful career that it's nice to learn or be reminded about.
              Last edited by Jackaroo Dave; 12-11-2012, 01:00 AM.
              Indeed the first step toward finding out is to acknowledge you do not satisfactorily know already; so that no blight can so surely arrest all intellectual growth as the blight of cocksureness.--CS Peirce

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              • #8
                By the time he retired I guess you could put him on a shortlist for top 10 catcher and most prolific. So had there been a HOF back then maybe he oges in if he had a defensive reputation. On the other hand there were catchers who off the top of my head that were superficially comparable like Wilbert Robinson and Chief Zimmer that had long careers with reasonable but unremarkable offense. He would be a clear step below Charlie Bennett and not in Buck Ewings frame of reference. Thjat doesn't take into account any pioneers like Silver Flint from the early Chicago teams or the split position stars like King Kelly and Deacon White. So in the end he seems more Bob Boone, a long and solid career.

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                • #9
                  Nice player, recently took notice of him. Not a hof but a worthy player.

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